The Social Studies Page

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other."  
 -Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States

Welcome to Mr. Chesnut's High School Social Studies page where students engage in the study of human society and social relationships.  Gaining knowledge of human history is important scholarship for West Monona's students, because they learn how and why the world and its cultures came to be as they are today. 

This knowledge allows our students to utilize historical analysis to search for patterns in history, which they can use to predict how similar groups may react to similar situations in the future. Historical knowledge is a critically constructed collective memory, which students can utilize to analyze, reason, debate, and communicate. The skills developed from our history curriculum will allow students to create solutions for current problems, as well as problems that have yet to occur. 

When considering the overall "big picture" of social studies discussion one sees the value of its curriculum.   The study of history is a great platform for further connected scholarship into the study of the Iowa Core's 21st century life skills listed below.  
  • Civic Literacy                          
                        
  • Employability Skills
    • Character Traits
    • Leadership Principles 
  • Financial Literacy 
  • Health Literacy
  • Technology Literacy

We will view the human experience through the lenses of the following courses:  

21st Century Skills

 The studying of history provides students with the opportunity to.......
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of historical chronology, and the cyclical nature of history. 
  2. Understand historical patterns, periods of time, and the relationships among these elements. 
  3. Understand how and why people create, maintain, or change systems of power, authority, and governance.
  4. Interpret and apply data from original documents.
  5. Use historical data, and knowledge learned, to support generalizations and interpretations.  
  6. Effectively use the analytical skills of evaluation, cause and effect, and comparison.
  7. Understand the role of culture and cultural diffusion on the development and maintenance of societies.
  8. Understand the role of individuals and groups within a society as promoters of change or the status quo.
  9. Understand the effect of economic needs and wants on individual and group decisions.
  10. Understand the effects of geographic factors on historical events.
  11. Understand the role of innovation on the development and interaction of societies.
  12. Understand cause and effect relationships and other historical thinking skills in
    order to interpret events and issues.
  13. Utilize reasoning when thinking about situations in a logical, and sensible way.
  14. Make logical decisions based on thoroughly researched principles of validity.
  15. Advance toward a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from their own; develop tolerance