US History I and II; World Cultures

Scott Bechdel
Scott Bechdel
US History I/World Cultures

412-923-1772 Ext: 145
bechdel@parkwaywest.org

 

History at Parkway is broken into three different classes: US History I, US History II, and World Cultures.  Each class is designed to increase student knowledge of history and how many common principles and themes apply to today’s world.  Students will be participating in class lectures, group discussions, oral presentations, individual writing assignments, as well as a computer component. 

 

US History I

This course focuses is the study of social, political, cultural, and economic development of the United States from Pre-Colonial America through the antebellum period. Students will develop an understanding of how our Nation's past comes to impact current events. Additionally, students will appreciate the development of our democratic principles and recognize the responsibilities of citizenship in a free nation. Students will use varied resources to examine course content. In addition to the text, students will examine historical documents, eye witness accounts, excerpts of period literature and political cartoons. Students will interpret charts, graphs, and maps over the context of the course. 

 

US History II

This course continues the study of the social, political, cultural, and economic development of the United States from the American Civil War to the present. Students will develop an understanding of how our Nation's past comes to impact current events. Additionally, students will appreciate the development of our democratic principles and recognize the responsibilities of citizenship in a free nation. Students will use varied resources to examine the course content. In addition to the text, students will examine historical documents, eye witness accounts, excerpts of period literature and political cartoons. Students will interpret charts, graphs, and maps over the context of the course. 

 

World Cultures

This course focuses on the diverse ways of life found around the world. Through study of various regions of the world, the students will better understand the geography, history, and culture of other peoples. Additionally, the course focuses on how historical events have shaped the world as well as make connections between events from the past and the present. Students are challenged to think outside of their own culture and better appreciate teh many cultural traditions celebrated around the world. Major areas of focus include: Africa, China, India, Russia, Japan, and Europe.