ALS Social Sciences are comprehensive, completely integrated Social Science courses for grade levels 1–12. The lessons are designed to develop the facet of students’ knowledge that helps them understand who they are, where their ancestors came from, how they got where they are, and why current and past events are important to them.
• Social Sciences is presented as a collection of one- and two- semester long courses.
• All lessons contain a study guide, a practice test, and a mastery test. Most lessons have an essay or other constructed response.
• Lessons include a variety of essay types such as descriptive, persuasive, expository, and letter writing.
• All Social Sciences lessons are certified by MetaMetrics® with Lexile® scores.
• The content in these titles is designed to meet and exceed the standards of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) whose goal is to achieve excellence by programs in which students gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to understand, respect, and practice the ways of the scholar, the artisan, the leader, and the citizen in support of the common good.
• All Social Sciences titles provide for an extensive, integrated solution that is fully correlated to major mastery standards and leading, adopted textbooks.
• Social Science I through Social Science V titles provide a solid foundation for students in grade levels one through five, respectively, using a cross-curricular approach to the study of geography, history, and societies.
• The Social Science I–III titles feature a special, animated character named Globert who personally guides younger students through the ALS lesson content and teaches them about the world and the people around them.
• For grades six through ten, two Geography titles (U.S. and World), two History of America titles, two History of the World titles, and titles on Civics and Mid-Level Social Sciences titles take students into specific areas in greater depth, consistent with their grade levels.
• Economics and Government are covered in two separate titles for high school students.
Social Science I introduces students to the use of maps and geographic terms, the location and features of the continents, the land bridge, the first people in the Americas, detailed lessons on the Cherokee, Sioux, Chinook, and Eskimo Indians, the Stone Age, Bronze Age, Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, the Statue of Liberty, the bald eagle, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance, government, liberty, human wants and needs, goods and services, and the use of money. 33 lessons. **Fast-Track available
Social Science II covers the topics of Native American tribes, slavery, events leading up to the Civil War, the Missouri Compromise, the beginning of the Civil War, Reconstruction, timelines, calendars, Ancient Rome, the Byzantine Empire, the African kingdoms of Ghana and Mali, immigration, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, United States Congress, human, natural, and capital resources, the distribution of goods and services, and the effect of climate on an economy. 36 lessons. **Fast-Track available
Social Science III covers the topics of Native American tribes, slavery, events leading up to the Civil War, the Missouri Compromise, the beginning of the Civil War, Reconstruction, timelines, calendars, Ancient Rome, the Byzantine Empire, the African kingdoms of Ghana and Mali, immigration, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, United States Congress, human, natural, and capital resources, the distribution of goods and services, and the effect of climate on an economy. 36 lessons. **Fast-Track available
Social Science IV introduces students to the use of maps and additional geographic terms as well as Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Italian explorers, the importance of the Treaty of Tordesillas, Spanish explorations of Columbus, the search for the Northwest Passage, Cartier, colonization in North America, immigration to America, forced relocation of Native American tribes, timelines, the Bronze Age, Viking exploration, the Maya Indians, the Incas, the Capitol Building, Mount Rushmore, the role of money in the economy, and economic institutions. 41 lessons. **Fast-Track available
Social Science V covers topics that include the use of maps, geographic terms, the lifestyle of Plains and Western Indian tribes, timelines from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the English Revolution, the English Bill of Rights, Uncle Sam, the Presidential Seal, Washington, D.C., “The Star Spangled Banner,” elections, the Electoral College, the Federal Reserve Bank, interest rates, and the use of credit in America. 45 lessons. **Fast-Track available
Civics curriculum covers the areas of the definition and purpose of government, the English Magna Carta, House of Lords and Commons, Thomas Jefferson and the founding fathers’ objectives, the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, the English Bill of Rights, the Preamble, religion, the amendments to the Constitution, direct democracy, checks and balances, copyrights, patents, establishing the Presidential system, the definition of civil rights, women’s suffrage, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and affirmative action. 36 lessons. **Fast-Track available
U.S. Geography introduces students to the study of geography and also covers the globe, map symbols, islands, landforms such as glaciers and hills, bodies of water, changing seasons, the Northeast and Middle Atlantic states, the Southeastern states, the Great Lakes region, the Plains region, the Southwestern states, the Mountain states, the Pacific states, the size, climate, characteristics, and settlers of all the regions, the Continental Divide, U.S. governed islands and territories, national landmarks such as the Appomattox Court House, Ellis Island, the Alamo, Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone National Park. 34 lessons. **Fast-Track available
History of America I introduces students to the definition of history, the Middle Ages, Christopher Columbus, Incas, French exploration, King Henry, Queen Elizabeth I, the New England Colonies, the Mayflower, pilgrims, Henry Hudson, tobacco, plantations, slaves, Thanksgiving, British and French colonists, Proclamation of 1763, the Boston Massacre, the American Revolution, the Louisiana Purchase, moving westward, Texas independence, the Mexican War, and the Civil War from 1861-1865. 48 lessons. **Fast-Track available
History of America II covers the costs of the Civil War, the 13th Amendment, tenant farmers, sharecroppers, life on the plains, the American Indian, 1862 Homestead Act, railroad industry, Henry Ford and the assembly line, the Roaring Twenties, the 18th Amendment, prohibition, the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, the Paris Peace Conference, World Wars I and II, Pearl Harbor, D-Day, the Holocaust, the Cold War, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and his assassination, the Vietnam War, Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, George W. Bush, and terrorism. 47 lessons. **Fast-Track available
Mid-Level Social Sciences contains a variety of topic areas that include making economic decisions, management of resources, AFL-CIO, unions, collective bargaining, the definition of anthropology, ethnography, human ancestors, origin of languages, community, mores, culture, divorce, deities, Aristotle, the development of psychology and philosophy, observation, Pavlov, psychosis, Hippocrates, introverts, and much more. 34 lessons. **Fast-Track available
World Geography is the second course of the geography series and continues teaching students about the study of geography and the tools of geography. Other topic areas include continents, islands, mountains, valleys, bodies of water, lakes, oceans, Asia, Southeast Asia, Central and Northern Asia, the Middle East, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, North Africa, West Africa, East Africa, the Sahel, eastern, southeastern, central, southern, western, and northern European countries, the United Kingdom, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, North America, Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Belize, the West Indies, South America, and Oceania. 35 lessons. **Fast-Track available
History of the World I includes an overview of history, artifacts, Ice ages, Ancient Egypt, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Ten Commandments, Greek civilization, Alexander the Great, philosophers, the Roman Empire, Julius Caesar’s rise and fall, Roman gods, the development of commerce, the Irish and Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, the Crusades, feudalism, Henry I, Edward III, Joan of Arc, Isabella and Ferdinand, Africa, the Americas, North American civilizations, the Renaissance, the Reformation, the American Revolution, the Boston Tea Party, the First Continental Congress, the Constitution, and post-Napoleonic France. 46 lessons. **Fast-Track available
History of the World II covers China, Japan, isolationism, Asia, Charles Townshend, the transcontinental railroad, socialism, science in the 1800s, pioneers in medicine, Romanticism, Impressionism, the Romanov dynasty, Moscow, Catherine the Great, Latin America, Spanish colonization, Queen Victoria, the U.S. in the 1800s, German unification, the Age of Imperialism, European influence in Africa, Indian resistance to British rule, the rise of nationalism, Allied forces, World War II, League of Nations, decline of trade, increase of women’s rights, the Russian revolution, Vladimir Lenin, tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States, the Berlin Wall, Vietnam, fighting in Cambodia, western Europe, NATO, the United Nations, and eastern Europe. 48 lessons. **Fast-Track available
U.S. History I is the story of America written in the rich history of the accomplishments of its people. America represents a multitude of cultures that collectively form a unified nation that has prospered for over two hundred years. This course is designed to bring the history of America to life by connecting the events of the past to today’s world. U.S. History I is a first semester course that begins with an overview of European exploration of the New World. The birth of America and the framework of the Constitution propel the course forward through the politics, settlements, and growth of a nation. This course continues through the end of World War I in the early 1900s. Students will examine history by using the themes of culture, economics, geography, global connections, government, science and technology, and sociology and anthropology. 34 lessons. **Fast-Track available
U.S. History II is a second semester course that continues to show how events of the past are connected to today’s world. Beginning with post World War I, this course examines significant events such as the Great Depression, World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, and the 2008 presidential election. Students will be guided through twentieth and twenty-first century events that have shaped our nation’s society. 35 lessons. **Fast-Track available
Economics is a comprehensive, completely integrated Social Science course for grade levels 9-12. This course is designed to explore the history of economics, the development of economic theories, and the structure of American and global economies. The role of government in economics is closely examined, including topics such as the power to tax, fiscal and monetary policies, and the role of government agencies. Economic cycles and the impact of recession and inflation are discussed. Scarcity, supply and demand, and the importance of sound economic choices are taught with an emphasis on the manner in which these subjects may affect students and their economic futures. Interactive media has been included to help engage the student in the visual learning process. 28 lessons. **Fast-Track available
Government is a comprehensive, completely integrated Social Science course for grade levels 9-12. This course is designed to explore the history of government and the development of the United States government and political systems. The Government lessons examine the authority, structure, and rights of American citizenship through the establishment of government organizations and policies. Interactive media has been included to help engage the student in the visual learning process. 42 lessons. **Fast-Track available