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Phillip Oliver

World History Course Guide/Syllabus

World History - Course Guide/Syllabus (Including Honors)

Southeast Bulloch High School – Oliver ~ 2018-2019


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VisionBy 2020, we will become a school system that prepares our students to be contributing members of society, based upon their interests and abilities, and the opportunity to pursue the colleges and careers of their choices.


MissionOur mission is to prepare students for success and enhance community value.


I.  Course Description: World History will involve the study of the development of world civilizations from early History to post – WWII.  Our Text for the course is World History: Patterns of Interaction (Holt McDougal)


II. Chapters of Study: This course will include the following Chapters of study. (*Sequence & length of units may vary)

Chapter 1  – The Peopling of the World– 1 day                                                   

Chapter 2  – Early River Valley Civilizations – 3 days               

Chapter 3  – People and Ideas on the Move– 2 days                    

Chapter 4  – First Age Of Empires- 2 days                                     

Chapter 5  – Classical Greece – 3 days                                           

Chapter 6 – Ancient Rome and Early Christianity—4 days

Chapter 7  – India and China Establish Empires – 1 day w/ch.8

Chapter 8  – African Civilizations – 2 days w/ch.7                      

Chapter 9  – The Americas: A Separate World – 2 days              

Chapter 10 – The Muslim World – 2 days w/ch. 11                     

Chapter 11 – Byzantines, Russians & Turks 1 d w/ch 10             

Chapter 12 – Empires in East Asia – 1 day                                  

Chapter 13 – European middle Ages –4 days                               

Chapter 14 – The Formation of Western Europe –3 days           

Chapter 15 – Societies and Empires in Africa –1 day                 

Chapter 16 – Peoples and Empires in Americas –3 days           

Chapter 17 – European Renaissance and Reformation –2 days 

Mid-Term Review/Exam – 1-2 days                                                              

Chapter 18 – The Muslim World Expands – w/ Ch. 10

Chapter 19     – An Era of Exploration and Isolation – 1 day w/ch20

Chapter 20 – The Atlantic World – 3 days

Chapter 21 – Absolute Monarchs in Europe– 3 days

Chapter 22 – Enlightenment and Revolution – 3 days

Chapter 23 – The French Revolution and Napoleon--3      

Chapter 24 – Nationalist Revolutions Sweep the World—3 days

Chapter 25 – The Industrial Revolution – 3 days

Chapter 26 – An Age of Democracy and Progress –3 days

Chapter 27 – An Age of Imperialism –2 w/ch. 28

Chapter 28 – Transformations Around the Globe

Chapter 29 – The Great War (WW I). –3 days

Chapter 30 – Revolution and Nationalism. –3 days

Chapter 31 – Years of Crises. –3 days

Chapter 32 – World War II. –5 days

Chapter 33 – Restructuring the Postwar Period.–3 days

Chapter 34-36 –The Colonies Become New Nations –Time Rem.

Final Review/Exam – 1-2 days 


III. Course Objectives: The student will acquire knowledge of the major historical events of the past and study the progress of the world from pre-historic times to post – WW II.  Honors classes will also be expected to read various supportive resources for selected units and will be given enrichment activities for various topics when applicable.


IV. Classroom Expectations:

1. Be seated by the time the bell rings.  If you are not in your seat by the time the bell begins to ring, you will be counted tardy.  You will also be counted tardy if you run into the room to beat the bell. (Refer to the tardy policy/matrix in your student handbook)

2. Once you are in the room and the tardy bell rings you are to cease socializing.  When I am ready to begin class you should have already begun to get ready for class.  This means pencils need to be sharpened and you need to be getting yourself organized and prepared for class.  You need to make sure you have all required materials for class each and every day.  In order to leave class you need to have a hall pass issued by the teacher.

3. You are not to leave your desk or speak out of turn once class has begun.  You should raise your hand to speak or get up from your desk. (Note: if you are a “pencil” person, you should have them sharpened before class begins or you may find yourself being a “pen” person before you know it).  Also, please use the restroom, get water and groom yourself before entering the classroom.

4. Remember, I dismiss class, not the bell.  You should remain in your desk and attentive until I tell you it is time to pack up or dismiss the class.  We will try to use every minute of the class in order to meet the course objectives – even the last few minutes.

5. At any time you are within the class you are to refrain from using vulgar, obscene, suggestive or derogatory remarks, words, comments, and gestures.  Just because certain language seems common among your peers or in the media, it is not appropriate here.

6. Please be respectful of your peers, teachers and our school…which includes the materials and furniture in our classroom.  The materials in our classroom are for our use, so make sure we take care of them.  You may not sit at my desk or at my computer, or lounge around the teacher’s podium, class computers, cabinets, papers, etc - unless I have given you permission to do so, otherwise these areas are off limits.  Food and drink are not allowed in the classroom during class, except for bottled water.

7.  Cell Phones – Don’t Do It! (they will be taken and turned in according to school and county policies)

8.  In addition to these rules, you are expected to follow all school and county policies.


V. Consequences for Violating Class/School Rules:  whenever a minor offense occurs I will address the problem in class using one of the following:  notation on class card, conference with student, writing assignments to reinforce missed content, etc.  If the problem persists I will make a parent contact and from that point on similar actions or offenses will result in a discipline referral to the office. Major offenses are referred immediately to the office.

* Please Remember:  We are all here to learn and we all have some upbringing with a basic idea of right and wrong. So, respect others and go out of your way when possible to make our time together both positive and productive. After all, everyone deserves a quality education and no one has the right to take that away from anyone else.  So, come to class with a positive attitude and treat everyone with respect in order for us to have a positive classroom experience.


VI. Procedures/Assignments: In order to accomplish the course objective(s), the following procedures & tasks will be necessary – Daily reading of the text and other assigned materials, taking notes & keeping a class note book are critical.  Assignments will cover major objectives needed for successfully meeting state standards.

** Students have homework nearly every night whether it is written work, assigned reading, or even self-review…but each student must study daily to achieve maximum results. 

Note: Reading TWO Sections ahead for the next day’s lesson is not a “suggestion”; it is required and will be monitored through pop-quizzes! **This is especially critical for all Honors classes!


VII. Evaluation and Grading:

60% - Major (Summative) (may include - Tests, Major Projects, Notebook Checks, Major Assessments, etc.) and 40% - Minor (Formative) (May include - Daily Grades, Quizzes, etc., which are graded on a “checking account” system whereby a student is given 10 points for full completion of practice-type assignments or a simple “passing” grade for minor daily assessments such as quizzes. There is NO partial credit given for these minor assignments/assessments since we are looking for completion with reasonable accuracy or minimal pass competency on quizzes…but, students are given several chances to replace daily grade 0s, if needed, each 4 ½ weeks.  Thus, each “check” is worth 10 points and you just multiply by 10 to get your “Daily”/Formative average every 4 ½ weeks…which is when the “checking account” resets.

Note: Excessive 0s will be documented and parents will be notified according to school policy.

Retesting - If a student fails a summative assessment (test), he or she may choose to go through remediation and retest.  Remediation will involve 2 assigned exercises/tutorials/assignments/etc. which must be completed outside of class time and within 4 days of the returned assessment.  The retest may not be the original test and may be in a completely different format (i.e., essay), but it will address the same standards as the failed assessment.  Retesting must occur within 7 days of the return of the failed assessment on a day designated by the teacher, and remediation must be completed prior to retesting.  Students will earn no more than 80 points on the retest.  Students may only retest once per summative assessment, and a student who is absent on test day may forfeit the right to retest.  Semester exams are exempt from the retesting policy.  This policy may be changed as needed.


VIII. Reports on Student Progress: Report cards are issued every 9 weeks (via Parent Portal) and progress can be monitored at any time via Parent Portal as well. Students will also be required to keep an updated class assignment/grade-sheet ledger in their notebooks. Requests for hard copy report cards or further progress reports can be made through the Guidance office.  Again, parents and students may check grades/progress at any time using Parent Portal.


IX. Make-up Work:  School policy – see student handbook.  But, please note that students have 3 days to make arrangements for make-up work and 5 days to complete the make-up work (extenuating circumstances which will be handled on a case-by-case basis).


X. Late Work: In order to build better young citizens and be fair to all students, I have a rather strict policy of 1 day late = 50% credit, 2 or more days late = 0 for major grades only (daily work will NOT be taken late).  *Extra-Credit work is not given to bring up poor grades. ** In cases of extenuating circumstances, I will be as fair as possible.


XI. Tutoring:  Students will have the opportunity for tutoring and make-ups during Jacket time each day during the week, after 4th block. For extenuating circumstances, please feel free to come see me and we will do what it takes to get you ready or caught up for class!   **Recommendations for tutoring or extension activities may be made for students performing poorly on tests or other course-related activities or objectives.


XII. Materials: Students will need their text (provided), a three-ring notebook (2-inch or bigger), pen or pencils & notebook paper. **Pre-AP students also need to bring 1 pack/ream of copy paper (any color, cheapest possible is fine)


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