The Social Studies Department

  • The Coatesville Area Intermediate High School Social Studies Department is committed to delivering a vibrant social studies program that provides students with the requisite skills to become active citizens. Within this program, students will study the social, political, economic, and geographic implications of the past and how those implications influence our present and the future. Students will also develop a deep understanding and appreciation of United States and world history. We are pleased to offer a variety of courses and subjects to our student body.

  • History and Social Studies Course Selections

    NOTE: Student placement in Social Studies courses will be based upon the high school leveling rubric!

     

    8222  [DC] American History (H)               1 Credit            Grade 10         

    An inquiry into the history of the United States from the introduction of African and European peoples into the existing populations of the Americas through the period of the Civil War. Includes the cultural origins and initial interactions of African, European and Native American peoples in the Western Hemisphere and the initial phases of a global economy, British Colonization and the establishment of diverse cultures in North America, Confederation and Constitution, the establishment of unique political, and social and economic structures in the early Republic.

     

     

    8242   Honors Early American History       1 Credit            Grade 9

    This course surveys the political, economic, and social development of the United States from its 18th century constitutional inception to its turn of the 20th century emergence as a world power. Concentrating primarily on domestic issues of American history, this course examines the themes of democracy, the impact of individuals and groups, diversity and equality, expansion, economic and technological development, and roles and rights of citizenship. The course has a greater focus on historical thinking skills, such as research and analyzing primary source documents and requires weekly reading and writing outside of the classroom, with the goal of encouraging students to move up to the Pre-AP and AP levels.  

     

    8244   Early American History         1 Credit             Grade 9

    This course surveys the political, economic, and social development of the United States from its 18th century constitutional inception to its turn of the 20th century emergence as a world power. Concentrating primarily on domestic issues of American history, this course examines the themes of democracy, the impact of individuals and groups, diversity and equality, expansion, economic and technological development, and roles and rights of citizenship. The course will focus upon developing student's historical thinking skills to up to the honors level. 

     

    8252  Honors European History       1 Credit        Grade 10

    Honors European history is an analysis of the development of Europe with a focus on understanding the positive an negative influence Europe has had on the world since 1450.  Course topics include cultural and intellectual movements, such as the Renaissance, political developments, such as the rise of democratic ideals, social issues such as gender and racial inequality, and economic developments, such as the Industrial Revolution. The course has a greater focus on historical thinking skills, such as research and analyzing primary source documents and requires weekly reading and writing outside of the classroom, with the goal of encouraging students to move up to the Pre-AP and AP levels.  

     

     

     

     

     

    8241   Psychology                           1 Credit     Grades 9-10

    This course is an introduction to the basic fundamentals of human behavior and mental processing.  This course will cover such areas as: history of psychology, biological basis of behavior, research methods, sensation, perception, learning, cognition, memory and personality. 

     

    8270   AP Human Geography              1 Credit      Grade 10  (Prerequisites: At least 85% in previous Honors Social Studies course and teacher recommendation)

    Advanced Placement Human Geography studies the distribution of people and their actions on the surface of the earth.  How do religions, businesses, and cities have a correlation to physical geography?  How are agriculture and demography related?  Human Geography is the where AND why.  This course will challenge students to make connections between humans and their global environment, while enhancing the study of all social sciences.

     

    8248 Honors Historical Research & Preservation I                     1 Credit       Grades 9

    Students will become familiar with local historic districts and ordinances, National Registry criteria, National Landmark criteria, the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards, Garden types, preservation planning, tax incentives and section 106. Students will choose a research topic, look through libraries, archives, museums, conduct oral history interviews, and visit historic sites.  Collins Writing activities will be utilized daily in class. They will analyze and interpret the sources, and draw conclusions about the significance of their topic.  Student will present their work in one of five ways:  as a paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary, or a web site.  In the spring students’ may enter their work in the Chester/Delaware Counties contest where it will be judged by professional educators and historians.  If the work is chosen as one of the best, they will move on to the Pennsylvania National History Day (NHD) contest.  If a student wins the state NHD contest, he/she will be eligible to attend the Kenneth R. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park in the summer.  This is where the bests NHD projects from across the United States, American Samoa, Guam, International Schools and Department of Defense Schools in Europe all meet and compete.

     

     

     

  • Our Teachers

     

    Mr. Carson                    Email    carsonb@casdschools.org  

    Mrs. Connolly Daily      Email    connollydailyc@casdschools.org

    Mr. Jones                      Email    jonesk@casdschools.org

    Mr. McCarthy                Email    mccarthyd@casdschools.org

    Ms. Panasiewicz          Email    panasiewiczg@casdschools.org

    Ms. Sorber                   Email   sorberc@casdschools.org