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World History Syllabus 2008

World History Syllabus 2008

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WORLD HISTORY 1120COURSE SYLLABUS
HISTORY IS THE MOST FUN YOU CAN HAVE IN HIGH SCHOOL
!Ms. Jennifer LaFeminajlafemina@cbsd.org #267-893-2300 ex. 2435
The World History course at CBHSE is designed to help students:
Think critically
Write persuasively
Discuss articulately
Overview:
World History 
is about people and their problems. Their struggles, solutions, failures andsuccesses are the story of history. I hope to persuade you that it is a fascinating story. Many thinkthe subject is very broad, with huge amount of available information, and from one perspective, thatview is correct. However, it is also true that
world history 
is in some ways a specialized topic: itstudies those topics and issues that are global or hemispheric in nature. It is
not 
the study of themultitude of details that is available for the study of any given locality or society.
Our question for the semester:"What is the world historical significance of the experience which we are discussing?
Goals:
We will use seven
Habits of Mind 
and a series of six overarching
themes 
to develop a greaterunderstanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts.
Habit of Mind and Skills: (This course is about ‘doing’ history…)
How do historians…
Use evidence to construct and evaluate arguments?Use point of view, context, and bias to analyze diverse interpretations?Understand and interpret information?Assess change and continuity over time?Understand the relationship between local and global developments?Make comparisons within and among societies?Understand diverse ideas and values in their historical context?
 
World History Themes:
Why do societies interact? What happens when they interact?What is change? What is continuity? How are change & continuity related?How do people interact (technology) with and change the environment?How has the function of state changed?Why do societies develop different social structures?What cultural and intellectual developments have shaped world history?
 
Course Units of Study (Chronological boundaries of the course)
1. Introduction2. Enlightenment, French Revolution, and Napoleon3. Restoration, Romanticism, Industrial Revolution, and Nationalism4. Imperialism and the Non-Western World5. World War I6. Revolution and Nationalism7. Years of Crisis and World War II8. Post World-War
Course Requirements & Policies
1. Be prompt, prepared, productive
Prompt = in your seat when the bell rings, notebook and homework ready to goPrepared = all assignments and readings are completed on time, an open mind, ready for discussionsProductive= use time wisely, try not to procrastinate, take active part in each & every class period
2.
 
Participation
Our course will depend on your lively participation. I feel that knowledge is created – we create ittogether by discussing and debating!!!! There are participation points per quarter. Participation willbe based on your preparation for class, content of contributions, leadership, respecting the ideas ofothers, and your use of language.
I need one promise from you to make our class amazing – READ.Class is so much more interesting and fun when you do.
Please Note 
- If a student has not completed a class
reading
assignment - the student mustsee me BEFORE class. Each student is given ONE “free day” per quarter without penalty.
If there was something that you did not understand on an assignment or reading, please seeme in homeroom or before school. (This does not excuse you from a quiz or homework).
3. Absences
A. If you are absent, see me before or after school (send me an email in the evening)B. Get the notes from a friend
 
C. If you are in school, but not in class, on a due date – assignments must still be submitted orIt is counted as lateD.
Field trips
- Work must be submitted that morning or work will be counted as lateIf we are having a test, you should take it before school prior to leaving on the field trip*See me for special arrangements PRIOR to a field trip or other planned absencesE.
Unexcused Tardy
- According to school policy, coming late to school (without a validexcuse) results in an unexcused tardy therefore assignments, class work, and quizzes
 
will result in no creditF.
Unexcused Absence
 – According to school policy, unexcused absences will result inNO opportunity to make up activities, assignments or testsUnexcused absences will result in the loss of participation points for that day.G.
Cutting class
– Results in a zero for the day’s activities and a loss of participation pointsH.
Make up time due to an EXCUSED absence
– 
According to school policy (pg.13)…
*You have the same number of days absent- including tests*If absent on the day of a long term assignment, students must submit it the first dayback to class* If you are absent on the day of a test - make ups are done outside of class time and
will be a different version from the rest of the class4
.
ALL Assignments
(not all daily assignments will be checked)
The expectation is that assignments are complete and ready on day due.*Late work - One day late = no more than 75% of the total valueTwo – five days late = no more than 50% total valueMore than five days late = 0%* Please, do not finish homework in the minutes before class begins, I will not accept it
5.
 
Evaluations
There are a variety of evaluations including journals, homework, simulations, fishbowls, mini-projects, quizzes, unit examsand essays. If your written work is ‘not yet’ up to a “C” you will not get a grade and will rewrite your essay, with my help.Your essay will be rescored and worth the average of the two scores.
6. Final Grades
Quarter and final grades are calculated using percentage points. There is rounding up on marking period and final grades.Each quarter is worth 40% of your overall grade. The final exam is worth 20% of your final grade and consists of amultiple-choice exam and an essay.
Grading Scale
A = 100 93% A-= 92-90%B+= 89-87 B=86-83% B-=82-80%C+=79-77% C=76-73% C-=72=70%D+=69-67% D=66-63% D-=62-60%F= 59-0%
7. Academic Integrity VERSUS copying, cheating & plagiarism
(pgs. 22 and 24 in handbook)I look forward to creating a challenging and supportive room based on honesty, trust and risk taking. I want to learn aboutyou and your ideas. I take this issue very seriously.Plagiarism = copying someone's ideas from any source - classmate, Internet, book, etc.
Any time
 
you use ideas from another source, it must be cited (MLA style)
Cheating – copying someone’s work and representing it as your own OR allowing someone to copy work. Itincludes copying work for an assignment, such as homework, term papers, etc, as well as using cellphones,

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