Social Studies Classes 2019-2020

Jack Taggart

The Charter News

5/20/20

Social studies teacher Sarah Head explains the Bill of Rights to high school students.

Covering a broad demographic of subjects and issues, the social studies classes of the 2019-2020 school year have been interesting to say the least. From the judicial system to the history of the Vietnam War, the students have been exposed to a variety of new subjects.

Chris Stilwell, who taught Modern World History and Sociology, said, of the classes, “Both sociology and modern world history were fun. The kids in both classes were energetic and enthusiastic. We spent most of our time on social issues in both classes. I think we did a decent job of utilizing the past as a lens to view current events and situations.” 

Students seemed to have a good experience as well. 

“The most important thing was learning about the history of money throughout the ages. I feel like I’ll actually use that information in the future,” said Chloe Galambos, a sophomore who was in Modern World History. 

Megan Burt’s U.S. History class also seemed popular. Sydney Starr, a sophomore, liked the class because “Mrs. Burt doesn’t just make us memorize dates and facts — she makes the history interesting and relevant. We’ve done several interesting projects that, while they seem annoying at the time, were really valuable and interesting. One of my favorite things about this class was the lectures. Mrs. Burt gives such engaging and informative lectures; the best kind.” Burt’s class covered many topics, including World War One, The Great Depression, and the Vietnam War. 

One teacher concentrated on the history and structure of the American Government- Sarah Head, who teaches Skills of Social studies, also teaches a high school class: Government and Law. A particular highlight of the year was when ACA parent and judge Kimberly Graves, came to visit the class to discuss how the judicial system functions.

Madalena Larkins, a freshman in the class, found it to be very comprehensive in the material covered. “The assignments she [Head] gives are extremely valuable for the absorption of knowledge., ” said Larkins.

Carter Lancaster, another freshman, said “I like how Ms. Head makes it fun to learn history and about the U.S. government.”  

Mr. Wynne, who also taught 9th grade Modern World History classes and Writing the World for two different middle school levels. “On the whole it went pretty well.  There was a lot of good energy.  Maybe a little too much at times,” said Wynne. 

Liam Lancaster, who took Writing the World for 6th and 7th grades found some subjects interesting. “I thought Alexander the Great was interesting, because it was more action oriented than most of the other subjects. … I didn’t know much about Sparta and Athens before, and that is a famous subject.”

With many diverse subjects taught, and the surprise of the COVID-19 pandemic, the social studies classes of 2019 and 2020 have been interesting to say the least. But none the less, they were evidently enjoyed by students and teachers alike.

Sources:

Wynne, Chad. “Re. Social studies classes 2019-2020.” Received by John Taggart, 13 May 2020.

Stilwell, Chris. “Re: Social studies classes 2019-2020.” Received by John Taggart, 14 May 2020.

Starr, Sydney. “Re: Social studies classes 2019-2020.” Received by John Taggart, 14 May 2020.

Lancaster, Carter. “Re: Government and Law class 2019-2020.” Received by John Taggart, 14 May 2020.

Lancaster, Liam. “Re. Social studies 2019-2020.” Received by John Taggart, 18 May 2020.

Larkins, Madalena. “Re: Government and Law class 2019-2020.” Received by John Taggart, 13 May 2020. 

Galambos, Chloe. “Re: Social studies classes 2019-2020.” Received by John Taggart, 15 May 2020.

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