Explores topics in history, politics, and civics taught in grades K-8 and prepares students to teach these topics. This course presents a survey of Michigan and American history through Reconstruction, as well as early world history. Core course topics may include but not be limited to the following: social studies in grades K-8, Grade Level Content Expectations, using primary and secondary resources, connecting self to the local community, Michigan history and government, American history and government – early settlers through Reconstruction, the purpose, structure and function of government, core democratic values, early Western hemisphere history, and early Eastern hemisphere history.
Goals, Topics, and Objectives
- Social Studies in grades K-8, Grade Level Content Expectations
- Using Primary and Secondary Resources
- Connecting Self to Local Community
- Michigan History and Government
- American History and Government – Early Settlers through Reconstruction
- Purpose, Structure and Function of Government
- Core Democratic Values
- Early Western Hemisphere History
- Early Eastern Hemisphere History
- Diverse Cultural Heritage
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Identify significant developments in American history through the Reconstruction period.
- Identify significant events in early World History.
- Describe past and current structures of American local, state, and national government.
- Apply the knowledge of history to explain our “diverse cultural heritage” and “inform our civic judgments.”
- Apply the knowledge of American government and politics to explain current political decisions or debates.
- Analyze methods of building civic efficacy in children.
- Analyze the foundations of the Core Democratic Values.
- Apply methods of social studies investigation.
- Evaluate primary and secondary historical sources for use in the K-8 classroom.
- Identify appropriate Grade Level Content Expectations.
- Discuss the purpose of the C3 Framework.
Assessment and Requirements
Assessment of academic achievement may include, but not be limited to case studies, unit quizzes, research projects, research paper, group assignments, portfolio review, essay, lab reports, mid-term and final exam.
As determined by the department.