Social Studies courses at Lake Forest High School prepare students to be more fully educated and engaged citizens. To that end, teaching and learning occurs in dynamic, engaging and empowering ways that help students develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to address the challenging issues that they will confront throughout their lives. The study of history and the social sciences helps students develop knowledge that allows for fuller understanding of patterns of human experience. Our courses also emphasize skills appropriate for today’s citizens who are encountering an increasingly interconnected and intererdependent twenty-first century world.
- The study of history and the social sciences helps students develop knowledge that allows for fuller understanding of patterns of human experience.
Our courses also emphasize skills appropriate for today’s citizens who are encountering an increasingly interconnected and interdependent twenty-first century world.These skills include:
- Thinking: a set of abilities including crafting arguments from evidence, chronological reasoning, comparison and contextualization, and interpretation.
- Information Literacy: questioning and exploring issues and problems, searching and locating credible sources of information from diverse sources, understanding and analyzing ideas, evaluating multiple perspectives, synthesizing ideas, and giving credit where it’s due.
- Writing: using the written word to communicate an organized argument that includes a thesis and claims backed by reasoning and evidence in a clear and compelling manner.
- Multi-literacies: using other mediums - including oral, visual, audio, tactile, gestural, and spatial - to communicate ideas and points of views of view for diverse audiences.
AP Psychology classes have taken a pledge to help Bring Change 2 Mind and end the stigma surrounding mental illness as part of their classwork. To create awareness and support, they are encouraging students, staff, parents, etc. to sign a pledge document (found in the greeter's office) so it can be added to the growing pledge gallery located in the Social Studies Dept. hallway on the 3rd floor.
Our First Amendment Freedoms
Enter to win a $5,000 Scholarship!
Grade 7 - 11 Students can submit an essay or work of art addressing this topic:
Describe or portray how one or more of the five freedoms in the First Amendment Personally affects your daily life.
Enter online at: chicago.adl.org