HSE Prep – Social Studies

HSE Prep
Social Studies

Hi there. This is the page where we keep all of our Social Studies lessons. We’ve broken all of our lessons into sections – scroll down to find the topic you want to work on.


Good and Services

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

Government and Economics

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.

World History

Early Civilizations

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.


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.


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.

Age of Exploration

Let’s talk about the age of Exploration in this tutorial. 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.

US History


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.

American Revolution

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.

Declaration of Independence

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.

Article of Confederation

The Articles of Confederation served as the first ever written document that established the functions of the national government of the United States after it declared independence from Great Britain.

Westward Expansion

This week, we are talking about the Westward Expansion, Westward expansion, the 19th-century movement of settlers into the American West, began with the Louisiana Purchase and was fueled by the Gold Rush, the Oregon Trail and a belief in “manifest destiny.”

Civil War (Part - 1)

In this tutorial, we are looking at the the American Civil War (also known by other names) was a civil war in the United States from 1861 to 1865, fought between northern states loyal to the Union and southern states that had seceded from the Union to form the Confederate States of America.

Civil War (Part - 2)

In this second part, we are looking at the timeline and major events of the Civil War. Fighting broke out in 1861 and lasted until 1865.By the end of 1861 two major battlefronts had developed.


In this tutorial, let’s talk about the Reconstruction Era. The Reconstruction Era was the period in the United States immediately after the Civil War, lasting from 1865 to 1877. This period was marked by attempts to reintegrate the Confederate states into the Union.

Industrial Revolution

Let’s learn about the Industrial Revolution. The Industrial Revolution was a period of major changes in the way products are made. It took place more than 200 years ago and greatly affected the way people lived as well as the way they worked.


In this tutorial, we are talking about the history of Immigration in US. People have moved to new lands throughout history. In modern times, the largest waves of Immigration were from Europe to the Americas in the 1800s.

Progressive Era (Part - 1)

The Progressive Era was a period of widespread social activism and political reform across the United States that spanned the 1890s to the 1920s. The Progressive era received its name from the forward-thinking, or “progressive,” reformers who addressed a variety of socialeconomic, and political ills.

Progressive Era (Part - 2)

In this tutorial, we are looking at the key elements, thinkers and activists who played key roles in creating or building the movements and ideas that came to define the shape of the Progressive Era.