• Social Studies
     
     
    Unit 1: Government
     
    What will students understand as a result of this unit?
    • Governmental structures vary from place to place, as do the functions of government, in the countries of the Western Hemisphere.
    What “essential” and “unit” questions focus this unit?
    • Why do nations have governments?
    • What are the possible types of governments?
    • What are similarities and differences in the structure and functions of governments of the Western Hemisphere nations today?
    • How do governments affect the lives of people today?
    Unit 2: Geography
     
    What will students understand as a result of this unit?
    • The physical characteristics of the Western Hemisphere are very varied.
    • The geographic characteristics of the Western Hemisphere affect where people choose to live, the way people earn a living, and their everyday life.
    • What “essential” and “unit” questions focus this unit?
    • What are the physical characteristics of the Western Hemisphere?
    • How do the geographic characteristics of the Western Hemisphere affect where people choose to live, how they earn a living, and their everyday life?
    Unit 3: Economics
     
    What will students understand as a result of this unit?
    • The concept of wants and needs and how it applies to the lives of students
    • What is meant by an economic system
    • The 3 basic economic questions:
      • What goods and services shall be produced and in what quantities?
      • How shall these goods and services be produced?
      • For whom shall these goods and services be produced?
    • How Western Hemisphere nations with different economic systems answered the three basic economic questions in the past and in the present
    • How technology influences the standard of living
    What “essential” and “unit” questions focus this unit?
    • How do the people of the Western Hemisphere meet their needs and wants?
    • Why have some Western Hemisphere nations been more successful than others in meeting their needs and wants?
    • How do people in the Western Hemisphere make economic decisions based on their wants and needs?