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My name is Justin Soyars and I teach in the Social Studies department here at Grimsley Senior High School. The 2018-2019 school year will be my 2nd year here at Grimsley and my 13th year of teaching. I am also an assistant football coach here at Grimsley. I have coached both football and track during my 13 years as a teacher. I have taught World History, Civics and Economics, American History I and American History II at both the standard and honors level during my teaching career. This year I will be teaching the following courses: American History I, American History II, and American History: The Founding Principles, Civics and Economics. Outside of teaching my hobbies include watching sporting events, hunting and fishing, and spending time with my wife and children. My wife and I have been married for almost 10 years now. We have four daughters, Faith (11), Ella (11), Lilly (5) and Gracelynn (1) who keep us very busy. Feel free to contact me by phone at 336-370-8180, ext. 394617 (Room 303). You can also email me at the following: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will answer your email with in 24 to 48 hours. If the above options are not viable, please schedule a visit here at school with any concerns you may have. I look forward to the new school year and working with you here at Grimsley!
American History I will begin with the European exploration of the new world through Reconstruction. The American History I student will examine the historical and intellectual origins of the United States from European exploration and colonial settlement to the Revolutionary and Constitutional eras. Students will learn about the important political and economic factors that contributed to the development of colonial America and the outbreak of the American Revolution as well as the consequences of the Revolution, including the key ideas of the U.S.. Constitution. Students of American History I will also trace the development of political parties, Westward expansion, the growth of the sectional conflict that led to the Civil War, and consequences of the Civil War, including Reconstruction.
American History II will guide students from the late nineteenth century time period through the early 21st Century. The American History II student will examine political, economic, social and cultural development of the United States from the end of Reconstruction to present times. This course will offer the student to trace the change is the ethnic composition of American society, the movement toward equal rights for minority groups and women and the role of the the United States as a major world power. The goal of this course is for students to develop an understanding of the cause-and-effect relationship between our past events and present events while understanding the impact of events on the United States in the interconnected world we live in today.
American History: The Founding Principles, Civics and Economics has been designed to provide a framework for understanding the basic beliefs of American democracy, practices of American government as established by the United States Constitution, basic concepts of American politics and citizenship and concepts in economics and personal finance. There are three (3) main components of this course. They are (1) Civics and Government- which will develop the students' increased understanding of the institutions of constitutional democracy and the fundamental principles and values upon which they are founded, the skills needed to effectively participate as a responsible citizen that has the knowledge to use democratic procedures to make decisions and resolve conflicts;(2) Economics is designed to provide students with the understanding of the role economic factors play in making economic decisions, while giving students the ability to think and examine important economic issues that affect our society;(3) Personal Financial Literacy should help students acquire the skills they need to affectively manage their own finances and resources to ensure financial security for their lifetime.