ASTI's Social Studies provides students a grounding in both Modern World and United States History at the 9th/10th grade level. Students go on to complete a semester of Economics during their 11th or 12th grade year.
A centerpiece of the social studies program is college-level research. Students receive a grounding in the basics of research that includes:
Examples of Essential Questions that frame Modern World and United States History Units:
Examples of Essential Questions that frame the Economics course:
Students in Economics complete a long-term stock-market project that engages them in acquiring a deep understanding of how stocks work and basic strategies for investment.
Modern World History Text:
World History: The Modern Era. Ellis and Esler. Prentice Hall, 2007.
United States History Text:
The Americans: Reconstruction to the 21st Century. Danzer et al. McDougal Littell, 2007.
Economics: Principles and Practices. Clayton. Glencoe, 2001.
CA Common Core ELA Standards (includes standards specific to literacy in the social sciences)