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Intermediate World History B

Course Syllabus
2014-2015 School Year
Instructor: Dean Griffith

OFFICE HOURS: 1:30-2:30 MTRF
OFFICE PHONE: (412)545-9026
KMAIL: Search “Dean Griffith”
WEBPAGE: https://sites.google.com/a/agoraeagles.org/mrgriffith/
CLASS HOURS: 9:00-9:50 MTRF
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DESCRIPTION
Continuing a survey of World History from prehistoric to modern times, K12 online lessons and assessments
complement the second volume of The Human Odyssey, a textbook series developed and published by K12. This
course focuses on the story of the past from the fourteenth century to 1917 and the beginning of World War I. The
course is organized chronologically and, within broad eras, regionally. Lessons explore developments in religion,
philosophy, the arts, and science and technology.

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ORGANIZATION
This course has both live online components as well as student paced offline components. Students will be
expected to be in attendance history class at least 50 minutes per day. They will also be expected to complete
nightly reading and homework assignments after school hours which may take up to 1 hour to complete.

III. COURSE OBJECTIVES (FROM THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES STANDARDS)
A. Through experience, observation, and reflection, students will identify elements of culture as well as
similarities and differences among cultural groups across time and place.
B. Through a formal study of history, students will continue to expand their understanding of the past and are
increasingly able to apply the research methods associated with historical inquiry.
C. Students will develop a better understanding of spatial perspectives, and examine changes in the
relationship between peoples, places, and environments.
D. Through study of the dynamic relationships between individual rights and responsibilities, the needs of social
groups, and concepts of a just society, students will become more effective problem-solvers and decisionmakers when addressing the persistent issues and social problems encountered in public life.
E. Students will begin to think analytically about the consequences of change and how we can manage science
and technology to increase benefits to all.
F. Students will begin to initiate analyses of the consequences of interactions among states, nations, and world
regions as they respond to global events and changes.
G. Students will expand their knowledge of democratic ideals and practices, along with their ability to analyze
and evaluate the relationships between these ideals and practices.
IV. TEXT AND REQUIRED SUPPLIES
K-12 has provided each student with a computer, printer, scanner, and microphone. These items will be utilized
throughout the course. If you are missing any piece of technology, you must contact your teacher or your family
coach immediately. You will be expected to use this technology on a daily basis in each class. In addition you
have been provided with the following mandatory texts for this class:
1. The Human Odyssey, Volume 2: Our Modern World, 1400 to 1914, edited by Klee, Cribb, and Holdren
(K12 Inc., 2005)

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Intermediate World History B, 8: Student Guide Parts 1 and 2
Intermediate World History B, 8: Learning Coach Guide Parts 1 and 2

ATTENDANCE
This course follows the general attendance policy of Agora Cyber Charter School. Attendance is mandatory
unless a student is specifically exempted from attendance with an asynchronous plan. Attendance is
automatically saved between 5 and 15 minutes into the class period. Students may only logout of the class with a
written excuse from the Learning Coach. If a student is tardy after attendance is logged, it will count as an
absence. An excuse must be submitted via kmail to the attendance for all absences. For student illness, please
submit a medical excuse. For absences due to technical issues a tech ticket must be submitted. You can obtain a
tech ticket by calling the k-12 help desk.

VI. CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT
Students are expected to:
A. Work effectively with peers
B. Develop a problem solving mentality
C. Laugh with anyone, but laugh at no one
D. Be responsible for your own learning
E. Participate during live lessons
F. Come to class and hand in assignments on time
G. Not disturb or distract other students during class time
H. Have no internet browsers open during class time except when directly prompted by the teacher.
VII. GRADING SCALE
This course follows the general Agora Cyber Charter Grading Scale:
A: 90-100%
B: 80-89%
C: 70-79%
D: 60-69%
F: 59% and Lower
VIII. GRADING PLAN
Coursework will be weighted as follows:
1. Unit Tests
65%
2. Projects
20%
3. Quizzes
10%
4. Homework
5%
Total:
100%
5. Extra Credit (no more that 10%)
Unit Tests: Unit tests are used to gauge student mastery of the unit. They have the largest impact upon grades.
You are permitted to take the Unit tests one time. Unit tests will be available through my website and on
sapphire. The unit assessments on the OLS can be used for a study tool but do not count toward your grade.
Projects: Specific project instructions will be available on my website. Most projects will be turned in via the drop
box or kmail.
Quizzes: You can take quizzes as many times as you want. Quizzes will be available through my website and on
sapphire. The lesson assessments on the OLS can be used for a study tool but do not count toward your
grade.
Homework: Homework will be graded for completion of each daily reading guide. Reading guides are available
through google forms and will be kmailed daily as well as available on my website. There is one homework
grade per unit. Its total points are based on the number of homework assignments for that unit.
Extra Credit: One extra credit assignment will be available per quarter. Information will be provided in class
connect sessions and Kmail. YOU MUST HAVE ALL GRADED ASSIGNMENTS COMPLETED BEFORE YOU
CAN TURN IN EXTRA CREDIT.

IX. GRADED ASSIGNMENTS
A. First Quarter
1. Unit 1 Homework
2. Unit 1 Test
3. Unit 2 Lesson 1 Take Home Quiz
4. Unit 2 Lesson 2 Take Home Quiz
5. Unit 2 Lesson 3 Take Home Quiz
6. Unit 2 Lesson 4 Take Home Quiz
7. Unit 2 Project
8. Unit 2 Homework
9. Unit 2 Test
10. Unit 3 Lesson 3 Take Home Quiz
11. Unit 3 Lesson 5 Take Home Quiz
12. Unit 3 Project
13. Unit 3 Homework
14. Unit 3 Test
15. Unit 4 Lesson 1 Take Home Quiz
16. Unit 4 Lesson 2 Take Home Quiz
17. Unit 4 Lesson 3 Take Home Quiz
B. Second Quarter
1. Unit 4 Project
2. Unit 4 Homework
3. Unit 4 Test
4. Unit 5 Lesson 1 Take Home Quiz
5. Unit 5 Lesson 2 Take Home Quiz
6. Unit 5 Lesson 3 Take Home Quiz
7. Unit 5 Project
8. Unit 5 Homework
9. Unit 5 Test
10. Unit 6 Lesson 1 Take Home Quiz
11. Unit 6 Lesson 2 Take Home Quiz
12. Unit 6 Lesson 3 Take Home Quiz
13. Unit 6 Lesson 4 Take Home Quiz
14. Unit 6 Homework
15. Unit 6 Test
16. Unit 7 Lesson 1 Take Home Quiz
17. Unit 7 Lesson 2 Take Home Quiz
18. Unit 7 Lesson 3 Take Home Quiz
19. Unit 7 Lesson 4 Take Home Quiz
20. Unit 7 Project
21. Unit 7 Homework
22. Unit 7 Test
23. Unit 9 - Midterm
C. Third Quarter
1. Unit 10 Lesson 1 Take Home Quiz
2. Unit 10 Lesson 2 Take Home Quiz
3. Unit 10 Lesson 3 Take Home Quiz
4. Unit 10 Lesson 4 Take Home Quiz
5. Unit 10 Project
6. Unit 10 Homework
7. Unit 10 Test
8. Unit 11 Lesson 1 Take Home Quiz
9. Unit 11 Lesson 2 Take Home Quiz
10. Unit 11 Lesson 3 Take Home Quiz

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Unit 11 Lesson 4 Take Home Quiz
Unit 11 Lesson 5 Take Home Quiz
Unit 11 Homework
Unit 11 Test
Unit 12 Project
Unit 13 Lesson 1 Take Home Quiz
Unit 13 Lesson 2 Take Home Quiz
Unit 13 Lesson 3 Take Home Quiz
Unit 13 Lesson 4 Take Home Quiz

D. Fourth Quarter
1. Unit 13 Homework
2. Unit 13 Test
3. Unit 14 Lesson 1 Take Home Quiz
4. Unit 14 Lesson 2 Take Home Quiz
5. Unit 14 Lesson 3 Take Home Quiz
6. Unit 14 Project
7. Unit 14 Homework
8. Unit 14 Test
9. Unit 15 Lesson 1 Take Home Quiz
10. Unit 15 Lesson 2 Take Home Quiz
11. Unit 15 Project
12. Unit 15 Homework
13. Unit 16 Final
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COURSE TOPICS
A. Unit 1 – Beginning
1. Getting Started
B. Unit 2 – A Renaissance begins in Europe
1. Europe Reborn: Rediscovering Greece and Rome
2. Cities Spur Change
3. Genius in Florence
4. Rome Revived
C. Unit 3 – The Spread of New Ideas
1. The Reformation Splits Christendom
2. The Counter-Reformation and Beyond
D. Unit 4 – New Powers in Asia
1. Three Islamic Empires
2. Ming China and Feudal Japan
3. Russia Rising
E. Unit 5 – Europe Seeks Asia and Meets the Americas
1. Old Civilizations
2. Portugal and Spain, and the Age of Exploration
3. Filling in the Map
F. Unit 6 – Exploration Changes the World
1. Clash of Civilizations
2. The Spanish and Portuguese Empires
3. Columbian Exchange
4. Songhai, Benin, and the New Slave Trade
G. Unit 7 – Changing Empires, Changing Ideas
1. Elizabethan England and the North American Initiatives
2. England: Civil War and Empire
3. The Scientific Revolution
4. The Enlightenment: An Age of Reason
H. Unit 8 SKIP THIS UNIT

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Unit 9 – Semester Review and Assessment (Midterm)
Unit 10 – Age of Democratic Revolutions
1. The World Turned Upside Down: The American Revolution
2. The French Revolution
3. Napoleon: From Revolution to Empire
4. The Russia of the Romanovs
5. Latin American Independence Movements SKIP THIS LESSON
Unit 11 – Revolutions in the Arts, Industries and Work
1. Romantic Art in an Age of Revolution
2. Britain Begins the Industrial Revolution
3. A Revolution in Transportation and Communication
4. Hard Times
5. Slavery in the Modern World
Unit 12 – Picturing Your Thoughts
Unit 13 – Nations Unite and Expand
1. The United States Fights and Unites
2. Age of Innovation
3. The New Imperialism
Unit 14 – Answers and Questions
1. Organizing for Change
2. Reaching Millions
3. Culture Shocks
4. Remarkable Individuals SKIP THIS LESSON
Unit 15 – The Dawn of the Twentieth Century
1. Rising Expectations in Waning Empires
2. Linking the Seas and Reaching for the Skies
Unit 16 – End of Course Review and Assessment (Final)
Extra Credit Unit – The War to End all Wars?