SOTA Humanities Spring 2011 Course Syllabus World Civilizations: Ancient Greece and Rome

Goals and Objectives
This course is designed to provide an in-depth study of the foundations of world civilizations. We will use an integrated humanities approach to gain an understanding and appreciation of ancient cultures through literature and art as well as through primary and secondary sources of history. We’ll also work to make connections to contemporary situations and to see the legacy of these cultures in our own day. Our specific objectives for each student include:
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To gain an understanding of the breadth and depth of world literature To gain an understanding of significant world events through historical analysis To develop writing skills in many modes and practice all stages of the writing process To polish language skills, including grammar, usage, sentence structure, and vocabulary To further develop communication and thinking skills To gain a broader and more profound cultural literacy

Scope of Study
Our World Civilizations Humanities curriculum is organized by region each semester. This semester’s coursework will focus on the roots of Western civilization in ancient Greece and Rome. We will study literature, history, philosophy, and art chronologically in Archaic Greece, Classical Greece, Hellenistic Greece, early Rome, Republican Rome, and Imperial Rome.

Citizenship: Attendance, Participation, and On-time Work
Experience has shown that honest effort and consistent engagement bring the best results for student achievement. Participation in class discussions and small group activities, attendance and attention in class will have a direct impact on student learning in Humanities. Off-task behavior does not promote achievement and is counterproductive to the goal of a constructive learning environment for all. Citizenship grades will be part of the formative assessment in this class; students meet the highest standard for citizenship by  attending every class on time with an organized notebook and all class materials  contributing to class discussions in a positive, polite, and respectful manner  making an honest effort at engaging in new activities and experiences  practicing and demonstrating effective group interaction skills  turning in all work on time, done thoroughly and thoughtfully Our school attendance policy states that a record of six absences from any course puts a student in danger of failing that course. Three tardies are considered the same as one absence. Absences must be excused by a written note from a parent or guardian to receive full credit for make-up work. Teachers’ websites post the in-class work and assignments for each day: a student missing class is responsible for finding that information, making an appointment to discuss make-up work with teachers, and completing missed work promptly. All make-up work from excused absences must be completed within a week of the end of any curriculum unit or it will not be credited. Points will be deducted for each day that any summative assignment is late.

(Students will not be dropped from an honors course if they fail to do the work. The humanities grade will appear twice on report cards and transcripts as the grade for both an English course and a history course.) Signed registration contracts for Honors World Civilizations will be accepted by classroom teachers through the end of the day on Monday. Please read this document. B+=8988%. and return it to your teacher on Monday. have your parent or guardian sign it. they will receive zeros for the missing work. and they will be registered under different course codes to indicate that choice. These assignments will involve additional rigorous reading and writing responsibilities to be completed outside of class.Assessments and Grading In this class student work will be categorized into formative and summative assessments. C =77-74%. . Student Signature: ______________________________________________ Date:______________ Student Phone:________________________ Student email:______________________________ Parent/Guardian Signature: _____________________________________ Date:_______________ Parent/Guardian Phone:______________ Parent/Guardian email:________________________ Humanities Teachers’ Contact Information Hightower. Rubric scores will be converted to points and percentages for ease of communication on transcripts and in online grade reports each Friday. E =59% and lower.us mshepar@tacoma. The following grading scale will apply: A=100-94%. Progress reports will be mailed home at the midterm. and final semester grades will be mailed home at the end of the school year. B-= 83-80%. Jordan Shepard. at these sessions students will also present their writing to peers and teachers. 2011. D =69-60%. Honors Humanities Students who choose to pursue Honors World Civilizations credit will be required to complete specific additional assignments in literature and/or history over the course of the semester.wa.wa. homework assignments. discussion blogs. print out a copy. Formative work will be worth 30% of the Humanities grade. February 14. If they do not complete all honors assignments and attend all honors sessions. A-=93-90%. February 7.k12.us Please visit our faculty websites frequently for current course announcements. documents. B=87-84%. sign it. their grades in both history and English will be negatively impacted. and links. Honors students will meet together with humanities teachers for large-group discussions about additional honors readings. and summative work will be worth 70% of the grade.k12. C+=79-78%. Rubrics will accompany the assignments for all summative work to help students self-evaluate and achieve the highest standard for their work. Michele 571-7945 571-7949 jhighto@tacoma. C-=73-70%. Students who have decided to pursue honors credit for this course have chosen to challenge themselves to work harder and think more deeply about this literature and history.

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