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SCHOOL: McKinney North High School

EMAIL: jwelock@mckinneyisd.net


The Teacher :

Graduated from Mesquite High School, Mesquite, Tx.
U.S. Marine
Graduate of The University of Texas at Austin.
Graduated with a B.A. in History.
Teacher certification is in Composite Social Studies

Course Descriptions :

GOVERNMENT

In this course, students will examine the principles and beliefs upon which 
the United States was founded and the structure, functions, and powers of 
government at the national, state, and local levels.  Students learn major 
political ideas and forms of government in history.  A significant focus of 
the course is on the U.S. Constitution, its underlying principles and ideas, 
and the form of government it created.  Students analyze major concepts of 
republicanism, federalism, checks and balances, separation of powers, 
popular sovereignty, and individual rights.  Students compare and contrast 
the U.S. system of government with other political systems.  Students 
identify the role of the government in the U.S. free enterprise system and 
examine the strategic importance of places to the united States.  Students 
analyze the impact of individual, political parties, interest groups, and 
the media on the American political system, evaluate the importance of 
voluntary individual participation in a democratic society, and analyze the 
rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.  Students identify examples of 
government policies that encourage scientific research and use critical-
thinking skills to create a product on a contemporary government issue.

ECONOMICS

There is a major emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Beliefs in   
this course.  The Focus is on the basic principles concerning production, 
consumption, the distribution of goods 
and services in the United States and a comparison with those in other 
countries around the world.  Students examine the rights and 
responsibilities of consumers and businesses.  Students analyze the 
interaction of supply and demand, and price and study the role of financial 
institutions in a free enterprise system.  Types of business ownership and 
market structures are discussed, as are basic concepts of economic ideas 
from important philosophers and historic documents, societal values, and 
scientific discoveries, and technological innovation on the national economy 
and economic policy is an integral part of the course. Students apply 
critical-thinking skills to create economic models and try to evaluate 
economic-activity patterns.


WORLD GEOGRAPHY

In this course, students will examine people, places, and environments at 
local, regional, and international scales from the spatial and ecological 
perspectives of geography.  Students will describe the influence of 
geography on events of the past and present.  A significant portion of the 
course centers around the processes that shape patterns in our physical 
environment such as: the political, economic, and social processes that 
shape cultural patterns of regions; types and patterns of settlement; the 
distribution and movement of world populations; relationships among people, 
places, and environments; and the concept of region.  Students will analyze 
how location affects economic activities in different economic systems 
throughout the world.  Students will identify the processes that influence 
political divisions of the planet and analyze how different points of view 
affect the development of public policies.  Students will compare how 
components of culture shape the characteristics of regions and analyze the 
impact of technology and human modifications on the physical environment. 
Students will use problem-solving and decision-making skills to ask and 
answer geographic questions. This course will be taught according to the 
core objectives as specified by the Texas Education Agency.

US HISTORY

Students will cover the history of the United States from Jamestown to the 
present.  Historical content will focus on political, economic, and social 
events and issues related to Industrialization, Urbanization, major wars, 
domestic and foreign policies of the Cold War and post Cold War Eras, and 
reform movements including the Progressive movement and the Civil Right 
movement. Students will examine the effects of geographic factors on major 
events and analyze the causes and effects of the Great Depression.  Students 
will analyze the impact of technological innovations on the American labor 
movement. Students will master the objectives presented in this course 
through a variety of teaching strategies and methods which will be used to 
create an environment that is conducive to learning. This course will be 
taught according to the core objectives as specified by the Texas Education 
Agency.

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