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Mr. Nordquist
Phone: (701) 679-2685


Course Information

7th Grade Geography
Seventh grade world geography will focus primarily on basic geography concepts in unit one as well as exploring different jobs within the sphere of geography. After our students have mastered the terminology and concepts necessary to move on we will start in on the different units within our text. The units we will specifically cover are the United States & Canada, Latin America, Europe, Russia, North and South Africa, Asia, Australia, Oceania, and Antarctica. Within all of these units we will be studying historical periods, landforms, cultural difference, population patterns as well as a host of other factors pertaining to the text book.

We will also be doing a fair amount of map work during the year of seventh grade geography. We will also attempt to get some technology driven projects set up which gives the students an opportunity to handle some of the tools of the trade, for example GPS units and perhaps some mapping software.

8th Grade ND Studies
8th Grade North Dakota History is a curriculum developed by the state of North Dakota to teach important events that have happened in our state. It is a 18 week course taught the first semester of 7th Grade. The first few chapters focus on geology, geography, climate and other physical features and animals in our state. After learning some of these basic facts of North Dakota, students will learn the history of the state from the original Native Americans through the Depression. We will study the presence of fur traders and how the development of the railroad led to the expansion of our country and the populating North Dakota. Settlement and Statehood will he highlighted over several chapters. Students will learn challenges of settling and living in North Dakota in the 19th century. The last few chapters of the semester will be highlighted by learning about some of the features of present day North Dakota.

8th Grade U.S. History 
8th Grade U.S. History covers our American beginnings through the Civil War. Students will learn who the first people believed to inhabit America were and how they lived. From there they will learn how European countries to desire to explore lead to colonization in North America. The next several chapters focus on the growing populations in the Americas and the desire to become indepedent frin Great Britain. The Revolutionary War will be the highlight of the first semester. The next few chapters will focus on the early years of the United States of America. Creating a system of Government, expansion of the country, and how people survived in various ways throughout the country will be the main topics of discussion. The last several weeks of the year will focus on slavery and the arising conflicts between the Noth and the South leading up to the Civil War. Students will spend several weeks analyzing the importance of the Civil War. The last part of this unit will summarize reconstruction and the development of the United States into what we know it was today.

10th Grade World History 
World History traces the human civilization from development of man through the American Revolution. Students learn how man is believed to have developed from Neanderthal and cro-magnon. From there we follow the development of civilizations throughtout the World. The first civilized people in the world was believed to be int he Fertile Cresent Region in Asia. Civilizations in Greece, Rome, China, Russia, England, France also highlight the first semester. The second semester jumps ahead to the Middle ages and Renaissance Eras. Students will understand how the world made the transition from civilizations to Nationalism and move on to the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions. The last part of the year will focus on the discovery and development of North America and The United States. The students will cover 4 million years of History throughout the World in this 36 week course.

11th Grade U.S. History 
This course focuses on the history of the United States from late 1850’s until the present time. Students will begin their focus on the Civil War (causes, battles, key people, slavery, strategies, victory). This unit will also include a research project and several enhancing visual aids and video clips. From there students will trace the expansion of the United States west and how expansion affected the Native Americans and settlers. Students will then focus on the First World War from its causes to eventually American involvement and success. From there the class will move into an in-depth study into the economic transition in our country from a rich and prosperous 1920’s to the great depression in the 30’2. The New Deal program’s effect on our nation’s economy will highlight the recovery from the depression. After the New Deal leads our country out of economic disaster, our country enters World War II. Students will understand the role of the United States prior to our entry in the war and know the reasons why the U.S. was forced into the war. After World War II, we will focus on events leading up to the current era such as Civil Rights, Vietnam, The Death of JFK, Watergate, and The Cold War. The year long study will conclude with an overview of key events in history that have occurred in very recent history such as The Persian Gulf War and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

12th Grade Problems of Democracy (POD) 
This course is designed to teach the basic fundamental concepts of our government in the United States. Throughout the year-long course students will learn how our government was established, how it has evolved and what can be expected in the future. Students will also focus on the duties of each of the three branches of government and how they interact with each other with special emphasis on checks and balances. Students will also focus on party politics, the electoral college, and how other governments throughout the world affect how our daily lives. Students will also be expected to follow current events throughout the region, nation, and world and be able to discuss and/or debate them in classs.