Social Studies

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"Those that cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it." 



                  Students in Anthropology Honors class visit Bronx Zoo

Bronx Zoo '17

Students from the "Girl Up" club visit elementary schools to celebrate International Day of the Girl

Girl UP '17

"The Wall That Heals" comes to West Haven

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On Friday October 21, Grade 9 Global Studies and Grade 10 U.S. History students from West Haven High School visited "The Wall That Heals" exhibit at Savin Rock Park. The West Haven Vietnam Veterans (WHVV) group hosted the event. The Wall last came to West Haven in 2001 and visiting the traveling monument is a very moving experience. The Wall is a half-scale replica of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington DC. The Wall comes in an 18-wheel truck and is accompanied by a learning center as well. Much thanks to Craig Winkle of the Winkle Bus Company for offering free shuttle service throughout the day. The event was free and open to the public but many WHHS students donated $1 to benefit the WHVV. A great day was had by all as local Vietnam Veterans explained the importance of the Vietnam War and The Wall.

AP Government Trip 
 AP Government trip to Southern Connecticut State University for a political forum entitled "Campaign 2016: It's Complicated".  The forum featured guest speaker Caitlin Huey-Burns from the political website RealClearPolitics.

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 To commemorate Veterans Day, Robert Wright, a Vietnam War veteran and member
of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 18 in West Haven, spoke to U.S.
History students on Monday November 10.


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Research Papers

 Social Studies Rubrics  


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The key performance expectations that the WHHS Social Studies Department holds for its students are as follows:



West Haven High School graduates will:


  • Demonstrate the ability to read for comprehension and understand primary and  secondary sources. 
  • Write grammatically correct persuasive essays using the 5-paragraph essay format.
  •  Research information and properly cite sources using the MLA format.
  •  Use technology such as the Internet to identify valid websites and research for information.
  •  Utilize and implement maps, charts and graphs to draw conclusions about global communities.
  •  Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of multiculturalism.
  •  Give oral presentations using a variety of visual displays such as PowerPoint, digital media and posterboards.
  •  Work cooperatively in groups and collaborate with peers to complete tasks.
  •  Demonstrate the ability to think critically and solve problems.
  •  Demonstrate an understanding of U.S. History and the formation and workings of American Government.