1st Semester Syllabus, Fall 2005-6, Periods 1, 2, and 6
Instructor: Larry Pahl Phone: 630-372-4700 extension 4093 Free Periods: 3,4 Home phone: 630-550-4111 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site: http://www.hawkclub.com
World History is a one year elective course that covers the history of the world’s major civilizations from the dawn of history up to the present time.
The course covers the following areas: Thoughts on pre-history, ancient civilizations, classical civilizations, the rise of new empires, the medieval era, the early modern era in Europe, and developments in the 20th century.
Surveying the great civilizations in history's annals is a powerful cornerstone of a complete education. To know how the people of various cultures and eras have responded to the problems that confronted them can help the individual student to gain breadth of personal judgment and insights into practical, political and personal action in today's world. Strive to make the most you can of this educational journey!
To gain insights into the interrelationships of culture, geography, religion and politics.
To learn to become an independent thinker, and not a mere reflector of other people's thoughts.
To gain knowledge of the world's great civilizations.
To grow in written expression about various civilizations.
To mature in the formulation of a personal philosophy of history.
It is intended that the objectives above will be achieved through the largely traditional means of reading, writing, discussing, thinking, and analyzing in individual and group situations. As in any course, but especially a virtual one, each student must take personal responsibility for his or her educational growth. Throughout the learning process in the various parts of this course, the Illinois Learning Standards for high school students of world history will be covered, namely:
STATE GOAL 16: Understand events, trends, individuals and movements shaping the history of … nations.
A. Apply the skills of historical analysis and interpretation.
B. Understand the development of significant political events.
C. Understand the development of economic systems.
D. Understand world social history.
E. Understand global environmental history.
REQUIRED TEXT AND MATERIALS
Text: Ellis, Elisabeth, World History: Connections to Today. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall
Materials: Notebook for notes, loose leaf paper, folder for storage, pens, pencils, planner
Clicker: Each student will be responsible for the in-class use of an issued clicker…
The school theme of "mutual respect" is the governing concept in the following class rules:
All members of the class will show respect for all other members of the class. ("Be there")
All students will attempt to do their best in class. ("Choose your attitude")
Students will attempt to help other students do their best in class. ("Make their day")
These rules assume that the main purpose of this course is for education. Therefore, every student in the class should be attempting to do their best. That is the academic expectation. The behavioral expectation is that each student should be helping other students do their best. Talking without being recognized by the teacher, disturbances, sleeping, laying one’s head on the desk, non-responsiveness, disrespect, are examples of actions out of step with these rules.
Consequences. Before and after school detentions, referral to the deans, conversations with parents are the consequences that will follow infractions of these rules, not to mention the natural negative consequences which result from failing to live up to a high academic ideal.
A. This class will use the following grading scale:
Percent Letter Grade
90-100 A 80-89 B 70-79 C 60-69 D 0-59 F
B. Note on grading. The final grade is determined by the total points earned in all assignments and assessments. These are weighted approximately as follows:
Homework daily assignments, 50%
Quizzes and tests, 25%
Project(s) and the final, 15%
Attendance, in-class contribution and participation 10%.
C. The following considerations are used to grade every assignment which is turned in to Mr. Pahl:
1. Coherence. If the assignment involves writing or a map, does it make sense?
2. Accuracy. Are answers and statements in the assignment correct?
3. Neatness. Is what is presented done neatly? Is it free from smudges and cross outs?
4. Timeliness. Is the assignment turned in when it is due? Late assignments are penalized.
5. Creativity. When used in appropriate ways, individual creativity can demonstrate personal understanding of a subject, and bring to light new insights.
E. Extra Credit Policy. Except for extra credit that might be part of any homework, quiz or test, no extra credit will be allowed while the student still has class assignments not yet completed. If all required assignments have been turned in, any student desiring extra credit can arrange for it with Mr. Pahl. The rubric for points to be issued for any approved extra credit work will be issued at the time Mr. Pahl approves the extra credit request.
F. Accepting Late Work, Make-up Policy. I will accept work that is late, but its grade will be reduced up to 50%. Some assignments will NOT be accepted late, and no assignments will be accepted after corrected papers have been returned to other class members. If a student is absent, it is that student's responsibility to find out what work was missed.
G. Attendance Policy. Attendance is part of the grade in this class. (See above). District U46 is committed to the philosophy that "Daily attendance, contribution, and participation are necessary for the successful completion of student course work."
H. Cheating. Students caught cheating or plagiarizing will receive a zero on the assignment for the first offense. If there is a repeat offense, the student will be referred to the dean’s office and parents will be contacted.
The class website can be found at http://www.hawkclub.com. Class information, announcements, syllabus and other important information can be found there, including access to the students grades…