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Evan Jones Historic and Cultural Roots of Modern Western Civilization Highland School—9th Grade—2009-10 Academic Year
Where to Begin—The Essential Question All Highland School social sciences courses begin and end with an essential question. The essential question is a line of inquiry that guides us through the year, giving your history class a defined direction as well as giving it real meaning every day. According to a national educational leader named Grant Wiggins, “an essential question is essential: important, vital, at the very heart of the matter – the essence of the issues being taught and learned.” In this class consider the essential question a constant touchstone you can return to as you consider the many facts and intellectual mysteries of World History. Put the essential question at the center of your success strategy for this class…Whether you are answering a homework question, responding to a writing prompt, making a point in classroom discussion or just trying to figure out “what the heck does Mr. J. want me to know about this or that bit of fact,” just refer yourself back to our Essential Question, and you will succeed to some degree! In World History I, our Essential Question is as follows:
“How does societal culture shape the lives of individuals in the Western world, and conversely, what kinds of individuals have the power and potential to successfully transform the cultures they live in?”
What We Will Study This Year World History I is what your parents may remember as a high school class called “Western Civ.” back in the day. Simply put, it focuses on “Western” civilizations (or those centered around or having emanated from Europe.) Unlike the way you’ve looked at history in the past, in high school we do not simply memorize and put into a sequence all the events that happened over the centuries; instead, in this class, we will analyze some key events in Western heritage seeking perspective on why they occurred, what they produced in terms of important outcomes, and what connections these events have to our lives today. We’ll begin by digging into the ancient ideals that spawned our notions of freedom and justice as well as our concept of liberal democratic Napoleon Signals the Way Forward… society that was sparked in the European Renaissance. He is saying, “Care about the information From there we will formulate understanding and perspective on some key major developments that have you are studying because it is essential!” shaped western culture since then and which continue to influence circumstances in the present day.
World History I is designed to be the first step in building the foundation of critical skills you’ll need to succeed in all of the social sciences in high school. 2) At the end of most classes.World History I – Modern Western Civilization -. How the Work Will Break Down—Don’t Worry YOU CAN DO THIS! Your History Journal Every time you sit down to think about history class this year. information ordering. While the actual content in your journal will not be reviewed and graded per se. And have no fear. and How You Can Thrive! As you have seen. This is your year to learn to take notes efficiently and substantively. abstract reasoning. That means much more than just writing quickly and repeating what the teacher says. critical thinking. These include conceptual skills such as objective analysis (or concrete thinking). but just the act of thinking through a concept and writing it down helps you to digest the idea intellectually. you will learn them slowly. 3) From time to time. so it becomes something you can use to develop and articulate your own ideas and perspectives. Class Notes You should take daily notes on loose leaf paper separate from your journal. and you must also identify and define any vocabulary from the text which you were unsure of as you read. Not only do notes serve as a source of preparation for assessments later on. we will reflect on various issues by writing in our journals and we will try to share our thoughts on these matters as time allows. Journals will be checked for these entries daily to ensure you are keeping up. and will be a reservoir of knowledge you can always refer to quickly and easily if your entries are well organized and labeled clearly. and analytical expression. over time. you will be given a moment to record a brief paragraph or bullet points in your journal describing the one or two most important points you felt were raised during the class. and strategic test-taking skills. and a lot more about learning how to analyze and articulate your viewpoints on critical trends and events that have shaped who we are as individuals and as citizens. college. you will also focus on practical skills you’ll be able to put to use right away in this and other courses including critical reading.General Syllabus – Page 2 How You Will Learn in this Class. There will never be too much reading in . you’ll need to have your “2009-10 History Journal” at your side. this class is a lot less about learning to memorize names and dates. Almost every weeknight that you are a 9th grader you will have some reading to do for this class. analytical writing technique (including formulation of a proper thesis). during the course of the year. the things you write down will be essential as you study for tests and exams. but don’t worry. Many weekly quizzes this year will be “open journal quizzes” giving you added incentive to make sure your entries are meaningful and accurate. efficient note-taking. You may have heard of some of these skills. and beyond. (You cannot lose this critical tool so take care of it!) Here is how the journal will be used throughout the course of the year: 1) Each time you read for history class (whether at home or in the classroom) you must summarize the key points of that particular reading in one succinct paragraph in your journal. logical reasoning. Homework We read a lot in history. You need to work at determining what is important about lectures. discussions and activities – and being able to succinctly synthesize on paper what you’ve learned that you did not know before.
Remember.General Syllabus – Page 3 terms of the number of pages or words. and note taking paper (in a three ring binder) to class every day. half concentrating on your history homework while also watching TV and texting simultaneously!). That way you will be very well organized when it comes to preparing for tests and quizzes! . an online worksheet or quiz submitted via Edline. an art challenge or other written work to do in addition to the reading. In addition.World History I – Modern Western Civilization -. or even worse. you’ll have to do a brief written summary of key points in your journal. quizzes etc. every time you read. but what you do have to read will challenge your vocabulary and analytical capabilities constantly. Take great notes in class by writing down in outline form the key ideas that emerged that day. you will need to focus carefully on things you read for history if you want to use the information you get from it successfully (so I would strongly recommend against trying to flash through it in the car on the way to school. They will all be made “holey” so inserting them into the binder will be easy to do. Consequently. Create sections in your binder for each unit we study (See “Unit Themes” below) and put the notes pages from that day into the appropriate section of the binder together with all handouts. Failure to read and enter a reading summary in your journal is absolutely verboten! Daily Organization Bring your textbook. relating to that topic. you may also have a worksheet. returned homework. your journal. Late homework is not tolerated. an Internet quest.
DON’T FORGET TO HAND IT IN! Use your journal entry (which you’ll keep at your side) as a way to be prepared to participate actively in this reading/homework discussion so you get the most out of it. NOTE: Attendance will be taken during the warm-up. While there will be some variations on how class breaks down.World History I – Modern Western Civilization -. here is how a 40-minute period might work out: 0-minutes to 5-minutes: BRAIN WARM-UP—This is a brief opportunity for you to get you analytical muscles juiced and ready to go. 36-minutes to 40-minutes: WRAP-UP. HOMEWORK CLARIFICATION—Most days you will have this brief moment before the end of class to write some bullet points in your journal reflecting on the key things you learned that day. typically. The Time Machine (Summer Reading) 2. Scattergories. On some occasions this could take the form of a pop quiz to keep you on your toes. Tardiness will be noted. Unit Themes for 2009-10 1. and Economic Freedom 5. take this opportunity to correct it so it will be useful to you later on. REFLECTION.” Oftentimes you will need to learn to listen attentively to a lecture on an important subject and seek things in the subject matter that interest or inspire you. Often it will be directly relevant to the previous night’s reading. Western Revolutions and "Institutional Liberty" . 21-minutes to 35-minutes: LECTURE/DISCUSSION/ACTVITY—Every day you will spend this 20-minute part of the class on a “lesson” that centers on the key issue being studied for the day.General Syllabus – Page 4 Daily Activity in Class Though we are limited to 40-minutes or less every day. etc. sometimes it complements previous work and “tells a story of its own. (Warm-ups are for fun and are almost always ungraded unless you are unusually tardy for class in which case a zero will be averaged into your homework and class participation average. If you find in listening to the discussion that your journal entry is incomplete or off-base. Still other times we will explore resources on the Internet together as a class.) 6-minutes to 15-minutes: HOMEWORK/READING REVIEW—We will review the most important points from the previous evening’s reading and written work during this time.). The Western Mind and Soul (MINI-UNIT) 4. Renaissance. It will be either be a brief group game that uses logical reasoning (such as Taboo. and will not be tolerated. to clarify your homework assignment. we will try and incorporate a number of different learning methods every class if it is at all possible and we will make every effort to stick to a daily routine you can count on. Sometimes we will do an active group activity centered on the subject that you may find more entertaining than listening patiently and attentively to a lecture. and maybe even to begin working on that assignment. Foundations of Western Society 3. Liberalism. or we will work on considering and writing about logical/ethical dilemmas suggested by the works of ancients like Socrates and Plato. a fun brain teaser or historical riddle that everyone works on solo or in small groups (often for a “special prize”). Any written work that is due should be handed into the “homework slot” by the door on your way into class.
Nationalism.The Lost Generation (MINI-UNIT) 11. Colonialism & Imperialism 8.World History I – Modern Western Civilization -.Virtues & Atrocities: Dichotomies of WW-II 13. The End of Innocence and Total War 9.Phoenix From the Ashes: Europe Reborn and the Cold War 14. Western Religions (MINI-UNIT) 7. Upheaval Threatens Western Stability 10.General Syllabus – Page 5 6.World "Hot-Spots" (MINI-UNIT) .Europe Creeps Back Toward War 12.
....... Handing in a missed assignment is important because it gives you the learning and information you will need for quizzes and tests....... Like homework....... Martins.............. • Homework assignments not turned in on the date assigned will be marked zero out of ten..) On Quizzes and Tests.. • Weighting of Assessments Daily Homework & Classroom Performance 10% Quizzes... negative...15% Projects......e.................. if you correct your quizzes and tests within two days..........World History I – Modern Western Civilization -...or an A to an A+) if you scored above 65%. 2008................. Students who are disengaged......... or chatty in class will be addressed by the instructor...... you can raise your grade to the maximum failing grade (64%) if you are under 65% and you can raise your grade to the next grade level (i........ .. disruptive.......................... the grade you get is the grade you get......... You can and should re-do quizzes and tests you do poorly on................ you are not here to be entertained…you have a duty as a scholar to STAY ENGAGED substantively and LEARN.. Reprints from World Newspapers..20% Materials Used in This Course DaVinci.30% Semester Exam....25% Tests..................... and will also enable you to raise the grade to a six out of ten (which is the highest possible failing grade and is much easier for you to overcome.. as he saw himself… What do you think he was saying? • • • • The Making of the West—Peoples and Culture. (Bring to class every day) Handouts and Reprints of Primary Source Material Videos and other Multimedia........ from a B+ to an A..General Syllabus – Page 6 Key Classroom Policies Classroom Performance and behavior is taken very seriously in this class from day one.. Bedford-St.... Remember.
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