HSE Prep – Social Studies

Welcome to our High School Equivalency Prep page for Social Studies! We will be updating this page every Tuesday 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.

Week Sixteen

The Declaration of Independence is defined as the formal statement written by Thomas Jefferson declaring the freedom of the thirteen American colonies from Great Britain. An example of the Declaration of Independence was the document adopted at the Second Continental Congress on July 4th, 1776.

Week Fifteen

The American Revolution was a time when the British colonists in America rebelled against the rule of Great Britain. There were many battles fought and the colonies gained their freedom and became the independent country of the United States. The American Revolutionary War lasted from 1775 until 1783.

Week Fourteen

The Colonial America that gave birth to the United States of America was made up of 13 British colonies along the Atlantic Coast of North America. The colonial period lasted for 168 years. It started in 1607, when the first permanent British settlement was founded in Jamestown, Virginia.

Week Thirteen

Let’s talk about the age of Exploration this week, people have always set out to discover new lands and oceans. The greatest age of world exploration began in the 15th century and lasted over four centuries.

The word “Renaissance” means “rebirth”. The Middle Ages began with the fall of the Roman Empire. … The Renaissance was a time of “coming out of the dark”. It was a rebirth of education, science, art, literature, music, and a better life for people in general.

Week Eleven

In the Middle Ages, before the rise of national states in western Europe, the people there lived under a system called feudalism. This was a social system of rights and obligations based on land ownership patterns.

Week Ten

In this tutorial we are going to talk about the early civilizations. The term civilization basically means the level of development at which people live together peacefully in communities. And Ancient civilization refers specifically to the first settled and stable communities that became the basis for later states, nations, and empires.

Week Nine

In this lesson we take a step back and look at the economy as a whole – what is the purpose of an economy? What does the government do to look after them? Let’s take a look.

Week Eight

Goods and services are things we use everyday. In this video, we will go over some of the basics you need to know about the economy is, along with some neat trivia in the revision guide you can download below the video. 

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!