Study concepts in physical and human geography; understand the Earth’s physical and human diversity by region; analyze population and settlement patterns and evaluate the ways human activities modify the physical environment; compare development, standards of living, systems of government, and economic factors across the globe; understand global cultures and the historical factors that have shaped the world; develop critical thinking and problem solving skills while investigating physical geography, climate, economy, culture, political systems, and demographics of modern countries; study the earth in all its variety and encompass the five themes of geography: location, place, human/environment interaction, movement, and region; create maps, analyze data, and study major regions of the world.
Survey the history of Texas from the arrival of the first humans to the modern period; provides general historical information, with an emphasis on important periods of Texas history: Natural Texas and its People, Age of Contact Era, Spanish Colonial Era, Mexican National Era, Texas Revolution and Republic Era, Texas Early Statehood Era, Civil War and Reconstruction Era, Cattle, Cotton, Railroads, and Oil, Great Depression, Contemporary Era.
This course, whose study concludes in high school, is the first part of a two-year study of U.S History. Surveys the following: American history from its beginning through Reconstruction; the Constitution; geography; political science; basic economic principles; the effect of technological innovations on U. S. history; the impact of selected American leaders on U. S. history; and current events. Skills emphasized include analyzing, evaluating, and interpreting historical events, as well as making predictions and drawing conclusions as to the importance and significance of historical events and people on the United States today.