2IntroductionWelcome to World History! In World History High School, students study the history of humankind with a more concentrated focus from the Renaissance to present day. The six social studies standards of essential content knowledge and four process skills are integrated for instructional purposes. Students will utilize different methods that historians use to interpret the past, including points of view and historical context.The approach we will take is a chronological one, but dates will not be the most important part of the class. Instead, we will focus primarily on what happened, who did it, why they did it, and why it is important.
3. The following topics will be discussed throughout the semester. Review UnitRenaissance and ReformationGlobal AgeAbsolutismEnlightenmentAmerican & French RevolutionIndustrial Revolution/Industrial AgeLatin and European RevolutionsNationalismImperialismWorld War IWorld War IICold WarKorean & Vietnam WarRegional ConflictsThe Developing WorldThe World Today
4Required Materials A three-ring binder Pens or Pencils Notebook Paper 6 DividersWarm-up, Notes, homework/class work, tests/quizzes, writings, and portfolioWorld History Textbook & World History Workbook
5Notebook and Note taking It is absolutely essential that you take accurate, legible notes that will help you better understand the class.Your notebook will be evaluated at each test date. A rubric will be given before the first test date.
6Missing WorkHomework assignments and PowerPoints will be posted on my website most of the time.Additionally, students should check the missing work notebook for copies of handouts, notes, and assignments.When you are absent, any work turned in should be labeled ABSENT WORK.All county policies apply to making up work from absences.
7HomeworkHomework will be assigned usually on Monday of the week and due on Friday of the same week.Homework is due on the date assigned unless absent, then it is due on the following Monday.Homework is not busy work. It is designed for you to either acquire background information for the next day’s lesson, or to make you do some activity that will sharpen your study skills.
8Projects & TestsYou will be given several days [or in the case of long-term projects, several weeks] notice of any test or project due date. If there is a problem meeting that due date for a project, or other assignment [except for homework], please let me know ahead of time, if possible. If you are working within a group to create a project/presentation, you have an additional responsibility to not let the group down, because every group project has a group grade as well as an individual one.
9Late PolicyIn order to receive credit for all work, it must be submitted when it is due.Late work can be turned in for that 4 ½ grading period, but will only be worth ½ credit.Students who have missing assignments that are not turned in before “missing work” sheets are handed out (usually a few days before either progress reports or report cards come out) must have the sheet signed by a parent or guardian in order to turn the work in.Work not turned in before the end of that 4 ½ week grading period cannot be turned in and will count as a “0” in the grade book.Exams missed due to excused absence can be made up before or after school if arranged or on test makeup day before the end of each 9 weeks.
10Grading Grading Scale 93-100% = A 92-85% = B 84-75% = C 74-70% = D 69-00% = FGradingMy grading system is very simple—the total number of points you receive divided by the total possible points for those assignments. Points are based on:Class participation (effort)Completion of assignments(daily work)Major projects, tests, and quizzesStudents will estimate a test every 1 to 2 weeks.Some tests may be essay or take home.A paper worth 200 points will be assigned 1st semesterA project worth 200 points will be assigned 2nd semester.
11Student Behaviors Be prompt Be prepared Be ready to learn when class begins.Be preparedHave materials with you and know due dates.Be a polite and positive participantSpeak in a normal tone of voice, and listen attentively.Be productiveTurn in work on time, and always do your best.Be a problem solverCorrect problems quickly and peacefully before they escalate.
12Show RespectValue yourself. Be honest and ethical, and practice strong moral values.Treat all members of the school community and all visitors with politeness and respect.Honor the ideas and opinions of others.Offer to help.Be responsible with property and belongings.
13Responsibility for Coursework Bring notebook, textbook, workbook, and appropriate writing tools to class.Know due dates, and submit all coursework on time.All assignments are posted in the black book and on the class Web site.
14Class RulesHave all appropriate materials and supplies and be seated when the bell rings.Respect the people, equipment, and furnishings of the classroom.Adjust your voice level to suit the activity.Follow directions the first time they are given.Observe all rules in the student and county handbook.
15If you choose to break a rule… 1st offense: Warning2nd offense: Stay after class for a minute3rd offense: Office Referral4th offense: Parental Conference5th offense: Immediate removal from the classroom**Radical offenses will result in automatic office referral**
16Policies Food and beverages are not allowed in the classroom. Please be in your seat when the bell rings, as class begins at that time.If you need to get up to sharpen your pencil, blow your nose, throw something away—do it! But do not cause attention to yourself and return immediately to your seat.Don’t talk when I’m talking or when other students are talking in discussion.Hall Passes—2 RR each 4 ½ weeks, 1 misc.I dismiss class not the bell.
17My Pledge to StudentsI will trust you until you give me reason to do otherwise.I will respect you and work with you to solve problems.I will promptly correct and offer feedback on your work as much as possible.I will work with you to meet learning goals.I will offer extra help and alternative assessments should you require them.
18Little Books You will need one piece of paper. Follow my directions to fold and cut.
33Your Turn! Make your own little book Pg 1—Title Page (The History of ___________)Pg 2—Who am I?Pg 3—What do I like?Pg 4—What don’t I like?Pg 5—What I’ve done?Pg 6—What I want to do?Pg 7—Quote (either yourself or someone else)Make sure you have writing and pictures on every page.Due at the end of class