HSE Prep – Social Studies

Welcome to our High School Equivalency Prep page for Social Studies! We will be updating this page every Thursday whilst we are closed to help support you in your learning. 

Each week we will post links to videos and tasks for Social Studies, selected by our Education Coordinator. If you need any help, you can do two things – text The Literacy Center at (812) 250-8724 , or email us at admin@litcenter.org.

Economics is a social science concerned with the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. It studies how individuals, businesses, governments, and nations make choices on allocating resources to satisfy their wants and needs, trying to determine how these groups should organize and coordinate efforts to achieve maximum output. Let’s explore the fundamental economic concepts like scarcity, opportunity cost, and supply and demand.

This week, we are learning the basic concepts of a Democracy. Democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens participate equally—either directly or indirectly through elected representatives—in the proposal, development, and creation of laws. It encompasses social, religious, cultural, ethnic and racial equality, justice, liberty and fraternity.

What are our Rights? lets talk about Bill of Rights, these are the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution. The idea behind the Bill of Rights was to insure certain freedoms and rights to the citizens of America. It put limits on what the government could do and control.

This week, let’s explore what is Federalism?, Federalism helps explain why each state has its own constitution and powers such as being able to choose what kind of ballots it uses, even in national elections. 

What does it mean to be a citizen? Maybe you’re a citizen of the country you live in, maybe you’re not. But we hear about it a lot. This week we’ll find out exactly what that means.

There’s an election happening in November – you may have heard about it. But do you understand exactly how elections work, and just how important it is that you vote if you can? Find out more below. 

This week we will be looking at the three branches of government – Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. 

While this may seem like something a bit unnecessary, it is important to understand how our government works. If you know what the three branches do, lots more starts to make sense!