SHAWN FEDINATZ - HISTORY
Mr. Fedinatz is excited to start his fourth year as a Coyote and his second year coaching flag football and softball. He enjoys the sense of family between and among the staff and students and looks forward to continuing to contribute to all that makes GWCS a wonderful school. Mr. Fedinatz had previously taught middle and high school in Washington D.C. and begins his ninth year of teaching. Mr. Fedinatz loves history and has a passion for the American Civil War and the post-World War I world. He graduated from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a Bachelors in History along and a secondary degree in education. Mr. Fedinatz currently is working on his Masters in History and Education through Ashland University and is a highly qualified teacher as per the state of Virginia with a secondary teaching license. He enjoys running for recreation and mental calmness, pontificating about most sports (sorry hockey fans) and loves to spend time with his two daughters and wife.
Description: Students examine the political, economic, social, and cultural growth of the United States, including the role of Virginia in this growth. Students study major historical developments and their impact on contemporary society and on the individual. Map and globe reading, critical thinking, writing, research, and group-process skills are refined. Virginia and United States history is required for graduation.
AP U.S. History
Description: The purpose of this course is to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement examination in American History for which college credit and/or placement may be given if a qualifying score is made. Students develop the factual knowledge and analytical skills necessary to deal with the issues and problems of American History. They do in-depth analysis of major developments; become familiar with primary sources; assess historical materials, evidence, and interpretations; and learn to write research papers. The course is equal to a full-year introductory college course. Completion of this course fulfills the graduation requirement for one credit in Virginia and United States History.
World History and Geography I
Description: This is the first of a two-year, chronologically organized study of world history and geography. In this first year, students study the world from ancient times to 1500. The course highlights the relationship between the geography and history of Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Students refine and expand critical thinking skills, practice decision-making and problem solving, and formulate questions to guide research. World History and Geography I is required for graduation.
World History and Geography II (not teaching 2015-2016)
Description: This is the second of a two-year, chronologically organized study of world history and geography. In this second year, students study the world from 1500 through the contemporary era. The course weaves together the skills and content of both history and geography so that students may learn how history and geography affect each other and therefore gain a more complete understanding of the world around them, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Students continue to refine and expand critical thinking skills, practice decision making and problem solving, and formulate questions to guide research. World History and Geography II is required for graduation.