• History

    djohnsonimage      
    (860) 859-1900 vm X920
    Humanities Department Chair;
    History and English Teacher
    Central Connecticut University - B.S. 
    Wesleyan University - M.A.L.S.
    djohnson@stmct.org

    Suter      
    (860) 859-1900 vm x912
    Endicott College - B.S.
    isuter@stmct.org

     Ancient and Medieval History

    The Ancient and Medieval History course is designed as an elective for the older student. While not a graduation requirement, this course serves very well as a preparation for Social Studies classes that the students may take in the future. Major content studied will include the important people, places and events which shaped some of the civilizations from the time of Mesopotamia to the Renaissance. Students will learn necessary study skills including studying for tests, taking notes from a textbook, vocabulary retention, taking notes from a class discussion and preparing a formal term paper style essay. Each student will be asked to do individual internet research resulting in a formal project. This research will be teacher guided, yet the work will be that of the student. Concepts such as recognizing reliable internet sources, copyright infringement, and proper project formatting will be emphasized. Individual research, especially internet-based, is a tool every successful collegian must have, and the students in this class will have the opportunity to gain, through their own preparation, the knowledge necessary to own and utilize that tool.

    Global Studies

    Global Studies is a survey of world cultures, their historical development, and various schools of thought.  Additionally, relations between nations and major events are encompassed in the course. Generally, Global Studies is a course taken by freshmen, although it is possible for members of other classes to take it. In addition to studying world cultures, all students enroll in the Stock Market Game during the third quarter. This innovative program teaches students about the global economy while utilizing recent advancements in educational technology. The final quarter of this course is particularly innovative and aims to tailor itself to students’ interests through an alternating course syllabus. While some years students choose to continue their studies of general global cultures and geography, particularly interested classes elect to challenge themselves with a fourth quarter based around philosophy and global thought perspectives. 

    Introduction to United States History

    Introduction to United States History is a course designed as a junior high level History class. Students are expected to demonstrate comprehension of events throughout the history of the United States. The course fosters interest in American history through the study of cultural groups, their accomplishments, and their relationship to our lives in the present.

    Presidential Politics

    Presidential Politics uses several educational strategies to assist students to realize their greatest potential as lifelong learners. Metacognition is one main strategy: being aware that you are learning, and thinking about what you are thinking about and why it is important to be self-aware are daily objectives for the students. Collaborative learning is another strategy which is incorporated into the class. At least once per year, with directed guidance from the teacher, each student will be given the opportunity to help create a unit test for the class. Students will learn necessary study skills including studying for tests, taking notes from a textbook, vocabulary retention, taking notes from a class discussion and preparing a formal term paper style essay. Each student will be asked to do individual internet research resulting in a formal project. Presidential Politics will cover topics from the beginning of political thought in the U.S. through a discussion of the most recent election. We will spend most of our time on the historical context of presidential election years, although our modern political landscape will be covered as well.

    United States History

    This course provides a survey of American history from the Colonial Period and the American Revolution to the present day, with an emphasis on the twentieth century.  Using the textbook, provided documents and current events, students learn about the various political, social, religious, and economic developments that have shaped and continue to shape the United States.  Students will begin to learn critical thinking in order to further understand important elements in History. The main questions this class will focus on are: What makes American history unique?  and  How does the world we live in today reflect our past?

    World History

    World History is a survey course that explores the key events and global historical developments since 1350 A.C.E. that have shaped and influenced the world we live in today. The scope of Modern World History provides the latitude to range widely across all aspects of human experience: economics, science, religion, philosophy, politics and law, military conflict, literature and the arts. The course will illuminate connections between our lives and those of our ancestors around the world. Students will uncover patterns of behavior, identify historical trends and themes, explore historical movements and concepts, and test theories. Students will refine their ability to read for comprehension and critical analysis; summarize, categorize, compare, and evaluate information; write clearly and convincingly; express facts and opinions orally; and use technology appropriately to research and present information. Generally, this class is taken by sophomores, but is open to other students.

    AP U.S. Government and Politics

    AP U.S. Government and Politics is a college-level year-long political science course that seeks to provide students with the political knowledge to understand and discuss American politics and society meaningfully. The course presents enduring understandings and ideas about American government and politics and teaches students a set of disciplined reasoning processes. By the end of the year, students will be able to analyze current and historical political events and develop factually accurate, well-reasoned, thoughtful arguments and opinions that acknowledge and grapple with alternative political perspectives. Success in this class and on the AP Exam requires being able to analyze political information, regardless of the format the information is presented, and develop a factually accurate, thoughtful, and well-reasoned opinion regarding this information. The civic engagement project in this course will culminate in students “creating an interest group” and a strategic plan that could be used to pursue a solution to a domestic policy problem of interest. In addition to standard homework, throughout the course of the year, students will keep a current events journal to encourage them to stay up-to-date on political current events and as a mechanism for practicing making connections between course content and real-world situations. This course utilizes a college-level U.S. government and politics textbook.