The GEDeducare Academy 2016 Social Studies Course


Hester Catharina van Dyk

Education Affordable quality GEDeducare Curricula for home education, academies & learning centres. The aim of GEDeducare Curricula is to lay the foundations to give the semi-dependent students in South Africa a broader knowledge of GED®. ​GEDeducare curricula supports students from the ages of 13, using this learning program and require a tutor/invigilator/parent to grade the students tasks to aid with their learning experience!

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The learning application is aimed at semi-independent students giving the parent or tutor more time to assist with their other student/child.

GEDeducare students from the ages of 13, using the learning program require a parent/tutor to grade the students tasks to aid with their learning experience! 

Students can progress from GEDeducare to GEDonline - providing the student is able to work independently-meaning without much help from a tutor for about 3-4 hours per day. 

We encourage the more mature student (age 16/17<) that work independently to use The GED-online  Academy learning application to pass their GED®! 

*PDF Course Books and Task Books now available with the Tutor & Parent login.  Here Tutors will find information regarding their term schedules and exam schedules. School terms:

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High school students can join The GEDeducare Academy and is ideal for students with learning disabilities such as ADHD/ADD or Dyslexia.

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* The content were especially selected from multiple sources to give the GEDeducare student a good foundation when using this learning application.  To avoid plagiarism, each site used has been carefully referenced/acknowledged.  A full list of references can be found either beneath each activity and or under the 'citing internet sources' topic of each subject.

See also:how to use Google tools for Citation and doing Research on the Internet. New innovations to Google Apps for Education make it easy and convenient for students to search for material that is, "free to use, share, or modify, even commercially".

Reminder: The GED Social Studies examinations are Multiple Choice Questions and one essay!


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Students new to the Academy can now watch the introduction video! Each Tutorial has a task that needs to be completed and submitted to the academy! The tests are done online once the student feels confident about their knowledge of the course content.

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Reminder: The GED examinations are Multiple Choice Questions and One Essay!

The first section is 65 minutes and consists of multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and a few other types of questions. The second section is a 25-minute “Extended Response,” or essay.


The GED® Social Studies Test focuses on the fundamentals of social studies reasoning, striking a balance of deeper conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and the ability to apply these fundamentals in realistic situations. In order to stay true to this intention, each item on the Social Studies Test is aligned to one social studies practice and one content topic. 

The social studies practices can be described as skills that are key to scientific reasoning in both textual and quantitative contexts. The practices come from important skills specified in the Career and College Ready Standards and other career- and college-readiness standards, as well as in National Standards for History.

The Social Studies Test will also focus on four major content domains:

  1. Civics and government

  2. United States history

  3. Economics

  4. Geography and the world


GED® and GED Testing Service® are registered trademarks of the American Council on Education. Used under license. Copyright © 2014 GED Testing Service LLC. All rights reserved.

As of 2014, the GED Social Studies section, along with the entire GED exam, has undergone a change in format. The new exam is now entirely computer based and the GED Social Studies test is now 90 minutes long and broken down into two sections.

The first section is 65 minutes and consists of multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, and a few other types of questions. The second section is a 25-minute “Extended Response,” or essay. This may sound intimidating, but remember that the score range on the GED Social Studies section is between 200 and 600, and a minimum of only 410 is required to pass this subtest. So how can you achieve a good score on this new 25-minute

Understand the format, and what your job is. The topics you’ll see on the GED essay will include civics and government, United States history, basic economic theory, and geography. If these are not areas in which you are comfortable, it would be a good idea to read a high school-level US History textbook prior to taking the exam. Topics that appear frequently include:

  • Founding Fathers and American Democracy
  • Revolutionary War
  • Manifest Destiny
  • The Civil War
  • The Great Depression
  • Civil Rights
  • The Cold War

According to the official GED website, you job is to “analyze arguments and use evidence found within brief excerpts from primary and secondary source texts.” We can divide the expectation the essay scorers have for a perfect essay into three “traits”:

  • Creation of Arguments and Use of Evidence
  • Development of Ideas and Organizational Structure
  • Clarity and Command of Standard English Conventions

Pace Yourself!

It’s important to have a plan for pacing. You only have 25-minutes to write your essay, and that is plenty of time if you pace yourself properly. Here’s a three step guide to achieving a strong score:

Step 1 – Plan (5 minutes)

You must carefully read and analyze the two documents, since they are the foundation of your essay. Do NOT skim them and then rush to start writing. You need to allow at least 5 minutes to read and absorb all the presented information and plan what you’re going to say. Aim for a five-paragraph structure: one introductory paragraph, three body paragraphs, and one concluding paragraph. Some questions to answer during the “planning” phase:

  • What Social Studies topics do these two documents have in common? How do they compare or contrast?
  • What is my thesis statement?
  • What three major points will I make to support it?
  • What pieces of evidence from each document will I use to support each point?

Step 2 – Write It! (18 minutes)

Once you’ve got a careful plan of action, it’s time to produce the essay. 18 minutes may not sound like a long time, but your introductory and concluding paragraphs do not need to be longer than 2-3 sentences. You’ll have at least 4 minutes to write each body paragraph, and that is plenty of time to state your major point, support it with evidence, and reiterate how it supports your thesis.

Step 3 – Proofread (2 minutes)

Make sure you watch the clock and give yourself at least 2 minutes to re-read what you wrote, correcting any spelling or punctuation errors, and added transition words or phrases to help clarify the meaning. This is where you will boost your essay’s clarity. Just 2 minutes of proofreading could earn you an extra point!

Remember: You MUST practice writing at least 2 or 3 Social Studies essays before you take your GED. Even if you are a very strong writer, make sure to time yourself so you can comfortably complete your essay in 25-minutes.





U.S. History

  1. Discovering America
  2. Christopher Columbus
  3. English Exploration of the New World
  4. English Colonization of the New World
  5. Colonization of the Americas
  6. The 13 Colonies
  7. Jamestown
  8. Life in New England
  9. Colonies Frustration with Britain
  10. The Founding Fathers
  11. Revolutionary War
  12. The Effects of the Revolutionary War
  13. The Declaration of Independence
  14. The First and Second Continental Congress
  15. The Louisiana Purchase
  16. Opinions about the War of 1812
  17. Results of the War of 1812
  18. Manifest Destiny
  19. Mexican-American War
  20. Conflict Between North and the South
  21. Causes that Led to Southern Secession
  22. Civil War
  23. The Civil War: A North vs South Overview
  24. Emancipation Proclamation
  25. Reconstruction
  26. Progressive Era
  27. The Beginning of American Imperialism
  28. World War I: An Overview
  29. World War I: Outcomes
  30. The Great Depression
  31. World War II
  32. The Cold War: The United States and Russia



World History


  1. Absolute Monarchs: An Overview
  2. African Kingdoms: Traditional Religion
  3. American Civilizations: The Mayas
  4. Ancient Greece
  5. Anti-Colonial Struggles: Central and South America
  6. Anti-Colonial Struggles: Japan
  7. Early Mesopotamia: The Babylonians
  8. Early Mesopotamia: The Jews
  9. Early Mesopotamia: The Sumerians
  10. Egyptians
  11. Globalization: Asia
  12. Globalization: Europe
  13. Globalization: First, Second, and Third World Nations
  14. Globalization: Millennium Milestones
  15. Globalization: The Middle East
  16. Interwar Years: An Overview
  17. Islam
  18. Roman Republic Part One
  19. Roman Republic Part Two
  20. The Holy Roman Empire
  21. The Middle Ages
  22. The End of the Middle Ages
  23. The Enlightenment
  24. The French Revolution: Napoleon Bonaparte
  25. The Hellenistic Period
  26. The Holocaust
  27. The Islamic Empire
  28. The Lewis and Clark Expedition
  29. The Reformation: Martin Luther
  30. The Renaissance
  31. The Scientific Revolution



Government and Civics


  1. Declaration of Independence
  2. Drafting the Constitution
  3. Bill of Rights
  4. Amending the Constitution
  5. 13th Amendment
  6. 14th Amendment
  7. 15th Amendment
  8. Authoritarian and Totalarian Government
  9. Autocratic Government
  10. Executive Branch
  11. Judicial Branch
  12. Legislative Branch
  13. Monarchic Government
  14. Republican Government
  15. Supreme Court
  16. Elections
  17. Partisan
  18. Voter Behavior





  1. Basics of Market Economy
  2. Forms of Economics
  3. Gross Domestic Product
  4. Classification of Markets
  5. Market Failure
  6. Market Forms
  7. Marketing Plan
  8. Microeconomics and Macroeconomics
  9. Modes of Operation
  10. Opportunity Cost
  11. How Banks Function




  1. 5 Elements of Any Map
  2. Bodies of Water
  3. Cartography and Technology
  4. Climates
  5. Geographical Features
  6. Physical vs. Cultural Geography
  7. Reading a Key on a Map
  8. Regional Geography


















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