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Economics, American History, and the Constitution.

We are having a lot of fun as we are winding down the first Semester of Social Studies classes here at Putnam County High School. We have had a wonderful first semester and we are looking forward to finishing it strong!

Our Economics students are mastering the concept of Market Demand. We have identified the Law of Demand and worked to see how that takes place in real life situations. The students have mastered the art of creating Demand Schedules and graphing Demand Curves. We have also analyzed what kinds of things affect demand, such as income and substitution goods. As we finish up the last couple of weeks, we will study the factors that change the level of Demand, such as Market Size and Consumer Taste. These economics classes have been a blast to work with and I am looking forward to a semester of World History starting in January!

Our American History students have covered a lot of ground this school year so far. We started with the Post-Civil War/Construction Era and how that time period set in motion many population societal trends that we still see today. Since that unit, we have studied the Western Frontier and the rise of Big Business in the late 19th century. We have just finished up talking about the rise of immigration and urbanization that took place in the early 20th century and now we are moving into the Progressive Era. Before the semester ends, we plan on talking about the rise of women in society, as well as politics, and different pieces of workplace reform. Our students have worked extremely hard and we are excited to keep moving forward as a group in 2019!

Lastly, our American Government students have been making great strides here at Putnam County High School this semester. We started off the year by analyzing different types of government systems and then moved into the early history of U.S. Government. The students really enjoyed the history aspect of that unit. Recently, we have started to focus on the Articles of Confederation and now the United States Constitution. The kids got so engaged in the Constitution that they are performing songs with altered lyrics that discuss the Goals and 6 Basic Principles of the Constitution. I am looking forward to presenting those projects this week and to finishing this semester strong!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to email me or call me at school. I would love to speak with you! Have a great break and Happy Holidays!