• Modern World History

    Murrieta Mesa High School

    Teacher:          Mrs. Alison Hughes                                        

    Room #:          M321

    Phone #:         951-677-0568 ext. #6321                               

    Email:              ahughes@murrieta.k12.ca.us


    Dear Parents and Students:

    Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year. Teachers, parents and students are a team and in order to make the rest of the year successful, we need to keep the lines of communication open. In doing so, I request your help in preparing for a great year.

    Please read the information regarding expectations for behavior, homework, class work and assessments. When you have finished discussing with your child, sign and return the bottom portion with your son or daughter. Keep the information in your class notebook so that you can refer it with any questions. If there is anything that is unclear, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me.  When calling or e-mailing, please state your child’s name so that I may respond as quickly as possible. 

    Thank you for your support and let’s have a successful year!


    Course Description:

    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)

    Required text:

    McDougal Littell et. Al. Modern World History: Patterns of Interaction.  Evanston, Illinois: McDougal Littell, 1999.

    Expected Student Learning Results:

    Students Will:

    1. 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)
    2. 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)
    3. Analyze the effects of the Industrial Revolution in England, France, Germany, Japan and the US (CA State Standard 10.3)
    4. 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)
    5. Analyze the cause and course of the First World War (CA State Standard 10.5)
    6. Analyze the effects of the First World War (CA State Standard 10.6)
    7. Analyze the rise of totalitarian governments after WWI (CA State Standard 10.7)
    8. Analyze the causes and consequences of World War II (CA State Standard 10.8)
    9. Analyze the international developments in the post-WWII world (CA State Standard 10.9)
    10. 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, French Revolution, Industrial Revolution, Imperialism, Final Exam
    • Spring Semester: WWI, Pre-WWII & Communist Revolutions, WWII, Cold War & Fall of USSR, Review & Final Exam


     Behavioral Expectations

    Together, we will make this class a positive learning experience!

    • Come to class prepared.  (Paper, pencil, eraser, notebook)
    • Be on time and sit in your assigned seat.
    • Be willing to participate.  Share your opinions, and listen with respect to the opinions of others.
    • Cheating/copying will not be tolerated.  This applies to ALL work. 
    • Demonstrate appropriate behavior at all times. If a student is disruptive, uncooperative, or acting with disrespect to the teacher or to other students’ disciplinary action will occur.
    • Cell phones are not permitted in class; if a student is using his or her phone in class it will be confiscated by the teacher and sent to the office. 
    • Food and beverages should be consumed in the lunch area.  Water is acceptable in class. 
    • Follow all school rules



    Students will receive progress notices throughout the semester.  MMHS uses ABI, a website where you can check your grades.  Each grade is cumulative, reflecting all the work from the beginning of the semester.  At the end of the semester students will receive a semester grade that will go onto their permanent record. 

    1.      Grades will be calculated using a weighted average:

    Tests/Quizzes:  50%
    Projects/Notebook:  25%
    Classwork/Homework:  25%

    2.      All grades will be determined by the standard grading scale:

    A         90   –  100%
    B          80   –   89%
    C         70   –   79% 
    D         60   –   69%
    F            0   –   59%*
    *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

    3.      ABI Marks-all assignments will be marked with a numerical score,
             exceptions are as followed:

                         NP = Not Proficient                 X   = Cheating (score = 0)


    Academic Integrity:

    As a high school student you are held to a high standard of achievement and integrity.  You are expected to act as such.  Any student who plagiarizes, lies, cheats, or otherwise misuses the academic environment or other students or their work will be suspended per school district policy.  The grade for the assignment(s) or test(s) in question will be converted to an “F.”  All work completed for this class is expected to be original from the student or credited to the source from which it is taken.  While students may be allowed, or even encouraged, to collaborate on certain assignments, the work produced must be in the submitting student’s own words. Violations of this policy include, but are not limited to:

    • Copying from another student’s paper OR knowingly allowing another student to copy from your paper
    • Copying directly from the text or other printed material without citation
    • Downloading and/or copying from an internet source
    • Copying from another student’s paper or any other prohibited material during a test or quiz


    Suggested Materials

    • Notebook dedicated to Modern World History
    • Blue or black ink pens
    • Notebook Paper
    • Pencils
    • Color Pencils
    • Highlighter
    • Index Cards


    Attendance / Promptness

    Students are expected to be in their seats at the bell ready to work each day.  Tardy students must have a pass, and will be expected to follow Mesa’s tardy policy as outlined in the student handbook.  School wide policy states that students with an unexcused tardy will receive an after school detention to be served within three days of the tardy.     


    Make-up Work

    • Late assignments (unless the student has an excused absence, see next bullet point) may be turned in for half the points that would have been earned if the assignment would have been completed on time.  This penalty will apply regardless of the reason the assignment is late.
      • 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 PRIDE.
    • Requests for work for future absences
      • It is solely your responsibility to obtain any work that will be missed due to a planned absence (this includes extracurricular activities).  


    Office Hours

    Please come to PRIDE period to make up any missed work, to take missing tests or quizzes or to get help with class projects. 


    Disciplinary Actions

    You are all on the verge of becoming self-reliant and responsible adults.  I expect you to act as such.  Every student has the right to learn and every teacher has the right to teach; disrespectful and/or disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.  If you make the choice to misbehave, then you choose to have a consequence.

    • 1st offense= verbal warning
    • 2nd offense= removal from class and parent phone call
    • 3rd offense= referral and class suspension


    Extra Credit

    There will possibly be one extra credit assignment per unit.  If it is offered you should take advantage of the opportunity. 



    We will be watching segments from movies and TV that range from G to PG-13.  Please contact me if you do not wish to have your child watch a particular movie.


    Syllabus Changes

    The teacher reserves the right to alter these policies and expectations if necessary during the course of the school year.  Notification of any changes will be posted on the teacher’s website.

Last Modified on November 5, 2021