Modern World History Course Syllabus
Students in grade ten study major turning points that shaped the modern world, from the late eighteenth century through the present, including the cause and course of the two world wars. They trace the rise of democratic ideas and develop an understanding of the historical roots of current world issues, especially as they pertain to international relations. They extrapolate from the American experience that democratic ideals are often achieved at a high price, remain vulnerable and are not practiced everywhere in the world. Students develop an understanding of current world issues and relate them to their historical, geographic, political, economic, and cultural contexts. Students consider multiple accounts of events in order to understand international relations from a variety of perspectives. (CA State Standard for Teaching)
I am pleased and excited to be your Modern World History teacher, and look forward to a fun and rewarding school year. This year you will learn about the history of the modern world by studying the lives and works of individuals that range from Aristotle to Mikhail Gorbachev, and important events that span from the French Revolution to the fall of Communism. We live in a uniquely global society today that is connected through high-speed technology, but the differences and issues that have separated people for centuries still exist. My goal is to connect the world in which we live today with the world of the past through a year long study filled with interesting lessons, projects, simulations, and activities.
McDougal Littell et. Al. Modern World History: Patterns of Interaction.
Evanston, Illinois: McDougal Littell, 1999.
Expected Student Learning Results:
- ·Relate the moral and ethical principles in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, in Judaism, and in Christianity to the development of Western political thought (CA State Standard 10.1)
- Compare and contrast the Glorious Revolution of England, the American Revolution, and the French Revolution, and their enduring effects worldwide on the political expectations for self-government and individual liberty (CA State Standard 10.2)
- Analyze the effects of the Industrial Revolution in England, France, Germany, Japan and the US (CA State Standard 10.3)
- Analyze patterns of global change in the era of New Imperialism in at least two of the following regions or countries: Africa, Southeast Asia, China, India, Latin America, and the Philippines (CA State Standard 10.4)
- Analyze the cause and course of the First World War (CA State Standard 10.5)
- Analyze the effects of the First World War (CA State Standard 10.6)
- Analyze the rise of totalitarian governments after WWI (CA State Standard 10.7)
- Analyze the causes and consequences of World War II (CA State Standard 10.8)
- Analyze the international developments in the post-WWII world (CA State Standard 10.9)
- Analyze instances of nation-building in the contemporary world in at least two of the following regions or countries: the Middle East, Africa, Mexico, and other parts of Latin America and China (CA State Standard 10.10)
Major Units of Study
(Tentative Schedule; Subject to Change)
Fall Semester: Geography & Study Skills, Formations of Democracy, Exploration, French Revolution, Industrial Revolution, Imperialism, WWI, Review & Finals
Spring Semester: Pre-WWII & Communist Revolutions, WWII, Formation of Israel, Cold War & Fall of USSR, Review for State Testing; Review & Finals
90 – 100% A
80 – 89% B
70 – 79% C
60 – 69% D
0 – 59% F
* In order to receive high school credit (for graduation), you need to earn a D or higher. However, universities will only give credit for a class with a grade of C or higher.
Attendance / Promptness
Because each class begins with a warm-up activity, students are expected to be in their seats prior to the bell, and begin the warm-up immediately. In addition to the school’s policies regarding tardies, students who are late, and do not have an excused note, will loose participation points for the semester. Student’s can earn up to 15 points for the semester/ simply for showing up on time. If they are tardy three or more times, they will lose all of the 15 points. Every tardy is worth 5 points.
· Late assignments (unless the student has an excused absence, see next paragraph) may be turned in within one class meeting of the due date for half the points that would have been earned if the assignment would have been completed on time. All other late work will be accepted only up until we begin the next chapter; and again, this is only for half of the credit. This penalty will apply regardless of the reason the assignment is late (e.g. computer malfunction), so plan accordingly and do not get behind in your work.
· If you have an excused absence, you must submit make-up work within one day of your return from the absence to avoid the late penalty.
· Tests and quizzes may be made up only following an excused absence, and must be completed during a time designated by the teacher
· Extra Credit must be turned in on or before the date it is due. Extra Credit will not be accepted late. No exceptions.
It is the policy of MMHS that passes are used for emergency bathroom use only. It is to the teacher’s discretion if/when a school pass will be issued to a student. Students need to learn how to prioritize their time outside of the classroom.
Cell Phones & Electronic Devices
There will be absolutely no cell phone usage in the classroom. All cell phones will be turned off and put away while in the classroom; cell phones will be confiscated if they are visible or are in use. If a parent needs to get in touch with a student, the parent can contact the office and a message can be delivered to the classroom. No CD players/I-Pods/electronic devices are permitted. If a student is listening to music or playing a game, the device will be confiscated. School rules display the following consequences for electronic devices: First offense—warning; Second offense—device is taken for the remainder of the day, the student may pick it up in his/her counselor’s office after school; Third offense - Saturday School, and the device will be given back to the parent; Fourth Offense- two day suspension, and the device will be given back to the parents at the end of the semester.
Food & Drinks
In compliance with MMHS’ Code of Conduct, food and drinks are not permitted in the classroom. Only bottled water that is capped will be permitted. Starbucks, sodas, and food will be properly disposed in the trashcan upon entry into the classroom.
Supplies / Format Requirements
Students are required by MMHS to come to class prepared to learn. To be prepared for this class, all students must bring a pen and pencil, paper, and 3-ring binder. The binder needs to have five sections: 1. Journal Entries, 2. Terms 3. Notes & handouts, 4. Returned homework, 5. Tests, Quizzes Projects
Any formatting requirements (e.g. research paper) need to be followed. If a student fails to do so, points will be taken off their score.
The moment students walk into the classroom, the highest standards for good citizenship are expected of them. These standards can be summed up with one word: RESPECT. Students should exhibit respect for the teacher, their fellow classmates, the classroom, and most importantly themselves in all they do and say. While it entails a great deal, it primarily means you attempt to do the right thing at all times. This applies especially to respecting the right of the teacher to do the best job possible teaching you and the right of other students to learn in the best possible environment. Additionally, students must follow the specific rules/consequences and procedures as outlined.
Together, we will make this class a positive learning experience!
1. Bring all needed materials to class
2. Be in your seat and ready to begin when the bell rings
3. Respect and be polite to all people
4. Speak at appropriate times, using appropriate voice and language
5. Respect other people’s property
6. Follow all school rules
In order for the teacher to do the best job possible teaching you, disciplinary procedures will be enforced. The consequences of inappropriate behavior include (but are not limited to): student/teacher conference, OCD (on campus detention), sentences, behavior essay, parent/teacher communication, student/parent/administrator conference, Saturday School, suspension, expulsion.