Thursday, January 12, 2017

Unit Title: The Sociological Perspective

Content Standard: NH Frameworks

Standard Number (and/or) Text:
2.0 Essential Skills for Social Studies

Enduring Understandings: Students will be able to understand that sociology studies human social behavior and that sociology is a relatively young science; and that sociology includes three major theoretical perspectives ( functionalism, conflict, and symbolic).

Essential Questions:
(Inquiry used to explore enduring understanding)

How does a sociologist think?
How do sociologists research a topic? To which procedures must they adhere?

Knowledge and Skills: (Competencies)
(Students will know and be able to)

1. The Sociological Perspective
    A. The Nature of Sociology
    B.  The importance of Patterns
    C.  Acquiring Sociological Imagination

2.   The Origins of Sociology
     A.  European Origins
     B.  Sociology in America

3.   Theoretical Perspectives
      A. The Role of Theoretical Perspectives
      B. Functionalism
      C. Conflict Perspective
      D. Symbolic Interactions

4.    Research Methods

      A. Doing Research in the Social Sciences
      B. Survey Research
      C. Secondary Analysis
      D. Field Research

 5.  Procedure and Ethics in Research


1.   Define Sociology
2.   Describe two uses of sociological perspectives
3.   Distinguish Sociology from other social sciences
4.   Outline contributions of the major pioneers of sociology
5.   Summarize the development of sociology in the U.S.
6.   Describe the basic quantitative qualities methods used by sociologists
7.   Explain the steps sociologists use to guide research.
8.   Discuss ethics in sociology

Performance Tasks/Other Evidence:

Summative assessment to include tests with multiple choice and essay components: quizzes, projects involving research, analysis of primary sources, and editorial commentary, and multi –media presentations.


Sociology is an elective course for students in grades 10-12. This course will provide students with an understanding of Sociology, methods of research, and cultural influences on the development of individual personality. Further topics include the importance of socialization, social structure, and society, the influence of groups and formal organizations, and social inequality. Most of the class discussion will center on the nature of society today. Coursework consists of reading and analysis through discussion as well as homework. One major project is required along with tests and quizzes and a final exam.

American Government

Course Description:
(Mission Linked)
American Government is a required course for all sophomores. It focuses on the  importance of active citizenry through participation and understanding of the organization and process of American Government and its economic component. Particular attention is paid to the three branches of government at all levels including national, state, and local. The course also focuses on basic economic principles including a study of various types of systems, consumerism, and the decision making process. Current events are stressed making connections with the past and planning for a better future. Each child will have the opportunity to do community service, be politically active and conduct research in the field of government making connections to understanding diverse forms of government including their strengths and weaknesses. Class participation is extremely important in this course, in preparation in active citizenry.

Suggested Instructional Strategies:
Instructional strategies will include at least five sub-components: summary and note taking, questions, reflection, discussion, and cooperative learning. Strategies will focus on establishing a strong base of  knowledge in order to foster a deeper understanding that calls for critical analysis and interpretation of the subject matter. Student produced work in many varied forms from position papers to project presentations will demonstrate evidence of student understandings. Instructional strategies will include multiple styles of formative assessment to monitor student progress.

Course Essential Understandings

By the end of American Government (10th Grade) students will understand that:

1.  The United States Constitution  is a framework for government where power and responsibility 
      are shared, distributed, and limited through this living document. 

2.  Separation of powers, checks and balances, and the division of powers among the branches

      allow our government to function and often necessitates the art of compromise.

3.  Government at the state and local levels, have responsibilities and provide services that are
     both independent from and congruent with the federal government.

4.  American citizenship includes responsibilities such as voting, jury duty, obeying the law,
     service in the armed forces when required, and public service,

5.  A nation's overall levels of income, employment, and prices are determined by the interaction
     of spending and production decisions made by all households, firms, government, and trading

6.  Because of interdependence, decisions made by consumers, producers, and government
     impact a nation's standard of living.

7.  Globalization of today necessitates that the United States interacts with other countries
     diplomatically, economically, and militarily.