World Civilizations II Syllabus

World Civilizations II Syllabus - Pre- AP World...

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Unformatted text preview: Pre- AP World Civilizations II Syllabus Instructor: Mr. Phil Cox [email protected] 703-488-6363 ext. 7156 (English 10 Team Teacher - Ms. Kimberly Watkins [email protected]) [email protected]) Office Hours: Mondays and Thursdays after school from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm Room: A117 or A122 (Social Studies Teacher Workroom) Course Description: The World Civilizations II course is designed for students who have completed World Civilizations I or World History I and English 9 and/or equivalent. In this course, literature is given a historical context and is used to enrich the study of history. The focus of this course is the literature and historical events and personalities along with the associated geographical features from 1500 CE to the present day. The study of this period is divided into five distinct eras: 1) Era Six: Early Modern Period (1400-1700), 2) Era Seven: Age of Revolution (1650-1850), 3) Era Eight: Age of Imperialism (1850-1914), 4) Era Nine: 20th Century World, and 5) Era Ten: Contemporary World. Students will be required to take a mid-term exam, a final exam (worth 10% of the course grade), and, for the history portion of the course, a Virginia Standards of Learning exam. Students who pass the World History II SOL as proficient will receive 5 percentage points that will be added to their Final Exam grade. Students who pass advanced will receive 10 percentage points to be added to their Final Exam grade. Teaching Philosophy: The study of history can be an exciting and engaging activity for all students. In this class, you will be presented with a variety of learning activities. On occasion, you will be offered a choice of activity as well as a choice of assessments. The instruction of this class depends heavily on learning in cooperative groups. It is assumed that the student will participate in these group learning activities and take responsibility for a share of the work of the group. Moreover, the student will develop critical and analytical skills, communicate more constructively, and master effective study and test taking techniques. The development of these skills will not only help the student succeed in his or her study of history and literature but also will enhance the success of the student in other subject areas. Course Objectives and Pacing: At the end of this course, the student will be able to: 1. Identify and explain major historical events in terms of cause, effect, and geography. 2. Identify major historical personalities in terms of background, accomplishments, and legacy on history. 3. Identify and compare the major cultures of the world and their effect on history as well as their spatial distribution throughout the world. 4. Analyze historical events and make connections to other historical events and their influence on the present day. 5. Develop opinions based on historical fact and constructively communicate those opinions both verbally and in written form. The following is to be used as a tentative pacing guide for the historical content we will cover: Era Six Early Modern Era (World at 1500, Renaissance, Reformation, Absolutism) 5-6 weeks Era Seven Age of Revolutions (Scientific Revolution, Enlightenment, English, American, and French Revolutions, Nationalism) 7-8 weeks Era Eight Industrialization and Imperialism 7-8 weeks Era Nine 20th Century (WWI, Inter-War Period, WWII, Cold War, Independence Movements) 8-9 weeks Era Ten Contemporary Issues 1-2 weeks Text and Materials: World History: Patterns of Interaction McDougal Littell Replacement cost = $65.00 World History: Patterns of Interaction Reading Guide McDougal Littell Replacement cost = $15.00 World History: Patterns of Interaction Workbook McDougal Littell Replacement cost = $15.00 Other reading material and packets as determined by the instructor Items to bring every class: 3 Ring Binder with section dividers Blue or black ink pen Pencil Optional items: Colored pens/pencils Mini-stapler Ruler Mini-hole punch Glue Stick Policies and Procedures: 1. Attendance: Per Westfield High School policy a. 3 unexcused absences = fail the course b. 3 unexcused tardies = 1 unexcused absence c. You are tardy if you are not in the classroom when the bell rings. The first tardy will result in a warning. The second tardy will result in detention. The third tardy will result in a call to parents, a detention, and one UNEXCUSED absence. 2. Exams and assignments a. Missed exams (tests and/or quizzes) must be made up the day your return to class. Other arrangements can be made with prior authorization from the instructor. b. Homework is to be turned in at the beginning of class on the day the assignment is due; however, an assignment may be turned in late at the beginning of the NEXT class meeting but will only be given credit up to 50% of the assignment's point value. No assignment will be accepted beyond the next class meeting after the due date and a "zero" for the assignment will be entered into the student's grade record. This is a policy common to all Social Studies classes for students in the 10th grade at Westfield High School. c. Projects should be turned in on time. Projects turned in late will be marked down by one letter grade (or 10 percentage points) for each school day that it is late. If an exception to the above is desired, a written note from a parent is needed in such a case. d. Note: Make sure your name, date, and period are clearly identified in the top right hand corner of ALL papers. I may forgive one "nameless wonder" paper, but any ensuing nameless papers will receive a zero. 3. Grading Policy: a. Standard Fairfax County Grading Scale is as follows: A 100-94 B+ 93-90 B 89-84 C+ 83-80 C 79-74 D+ 73-70 D 69-64 F 63 and below b. Quarterly Grading Scale - EVERYTHING COUNTS!!!! In this class, nothing is weighted. All assignments whether it is class work, homework, quizzes, tests, or projects are given a numerical value. At the end of the quarter the student's grade is divided by the number of possible points. Whatever average the student has EARNED is the student's grade (EX: Points Earned = 540. Points Possible = 600. Result = 90% or a B+). c. Status Reports Periodically you will be given a progress report that will alert you to any missing assignments as well as your current grade in the class. If you are receiving a "D" or "F" in the course, we will contact your parent or guardian to alert them of this fact. In addition, during the 3rd quarter, we will contact your parent or guardian if there is a possibility that you might fail this course unless your work improves. d. Estimated Percentages of Quarterly Grade (The actual percentages vary from quarter to quarter) (The Assignments including homework and class work 20-40% Projects - 20-40% Tests and Quizzes 30-60% e. Final Grade Your Final Grade will be comprised of the average of the 4 Quarters, making up 90% of your Final Grade, and a comprehensive Final Exam Grade (which will include your Mid-Term Exam grade), making up the remaining 10% of your Final Grade. In addition, I will take into account your World history II SOL score when formulating your Final Exam grade. Earning a "Pass Advanced" score (500 or above) will result in 10 percentage points added to your Final Exam grade. A "Pass Proficient" score (400 or above) will earn 5 percentage points added to your Final Exam grade. 4. Format and Procedures a. Homework Homework assignments are posted on the white board at the front of the classroom, in each unit packet, and on FCPS Blackboard. It is your responsibility to know what your homework assignment is for each class. Homework is to be handed in at the beginning of class in the Homework Basket on the side table. I will not always remind you that homework is due. Please see the late homework policy above. b. Notebook You will keep an organized notebook. The notebook will be divided into the following sections: Class Notes, Homework Assignments, Handouts, Tests and Quizzes, and Projects. All class activities and hand-outs will be placed in the appropriate notebook sections. I reserve the right to collect, with ample notice, and grade your notebook whenever necessary. c. Pacing, Tests, and, Projects Generally we will cover each historical unit or topic about every 2 weeks. This time period will include tests and quizzes. In addition, you will have at least one major project and several minor projects assigned each quarter. d. Extra Credit From time to time, you will be offered opportunities for extra credit. Some of these opportunities and assignments can be found on FCPS Blackboard and may only amount to a few points added to your grade. Thus they might only help those students who are very close to achieving the next letter grade. However, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to keep track of your progress in this class and if you could be helped by completing some of these extra credit assignments. e. Extra Help If you require extra help in understanding the material we are covering in this class, you are encouraged to stay after school during my office hours. In addition, prior to a unit exam, the mid-term exam, and the final exam, I am available to conduct review sessions to help you study and prepare for those exams. You are strongly advised to schedule a review session even if you think you understand the material sufficiently. It can only help your grade! f. Hall Passes - Typically only one student will be allowed out of the classroom at a time. You must have your student planner to leave the class and you must be signed out/in. In general, 5 minutes is adequate time to leave and return to the classroom. A signed school planner is REQUIRED for a student to leave class for a restroom/locker visit. Eight minutes of passing time is adequate to go to a locker/restroom, and therefore I expect that this privilege will be seldom used. However, if this privilege is abused by the students, other steps to limit bathroom/locker visits during class will be taken. 5. Blackboard a. You will be required to have a Blackboard account and to access Blackboard regularly. In addition to class announcements, your Blackboard account will grant you access to class lecture materials, handouts, assignments, and study resources. You will find that your Blackboard account will be invaluable if you are absent, have misplaced class materials, or need to plan for long range projects and assignments. b. Instructions: Connect to the Blackboard home page at: http://fcps.blackboard.com/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp Log in using your student ID# as both your user ID AND your password (you may change your password once you have logged on). Make sure you update your contact information including your email address. At the "My FCPS" page, click on the Pre-AP World Civilizations II link under the "My Courses" section. Access Class Materials and Assignments using the navigation bar to the left of the World History and Geography II Honors page. Students AND Parents: Please tear off and complete this page and return it signed within 1 week to earn 5 homework points (only the student gets the 5 points...sorry Mom and Dad). Pre-AP World Civilizations II Syllabus Agreement Form Student Name: Student ID No.: (PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY and LEGIBLY) I have read the above syllabus and understand its contents. I know that if I have questions regarding the course, its requirements, or the grading policy, I should contact the instructor immediately by email to set up a conference. Student Signature Parent/Guardian Signature Parent/Guardian Name (please print) Date Date Parents: From time to time, you and/or I will find it necessary to discuss your student's progress in this class via e-mail. However, with all electronic correspondence, security issues must be considered. Therefore, I need your permission to discuss grades via e-mail. By checking this box, I agree to discuss my student's grades via e-mail. My/Our Name(s) (Please Print): My email address(es)is: ...
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