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World History I

Mr. Schoonover mrschoon.weebly.com


Course Syllabus Spring 2014
Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. Robert F. Kennedy

Teacher Information: My name is Mr. Schoonover and this is my second year teaching at Troy Athens High School. I love all aspects of history and love that I get to share this passion with my students every day. I find that a classroom that is organized, challenging and purposeful is most beneficial to students and I will push myself to meet these goals. I expect students to be respectful, positive and engaged in activities; this will help to make learning more meaningful and fun, will ensure that I respect my students and have as much fun as possible to help students meet course goals. If you are ever confused, have questions or need additional support, please contact me. cschoonover@troy.k12.mi.us 248.823.2900 ext. 2971 rd 3 Hour Prep Period (9:27-10:22) Room Number: 1133 Overview: This World History course is meant to help students understand the development of the modern world from the beginnings of civilization to the present. This course is chronologically organized and worldwide in scope. At the conclusion of this course, students should view themselves as members of a global community, appreciate diversity in the world and be able to make more informed decisions about world affairs. Objective: World History I will start with the fall of the Roman Empire and move up to Absolutism in Europe. Through lecture, cooperative learning, papers, presentations and reports, we will look at the different concepts that have helped shape the modern world. If you make an honest effort, read assigned literature, ask questions and complete all your work you will do very well in this class. Suggested Supplies: No supplies are mandatory; all assignments are constructed using materials the school can provide. College Ruled Notebook (or paper in binder) Two Pocket Folder (or three-ring binder) Pen/Pencil Textbook: World History: Patterns of Interaction 2012 Classroom Rules: Show respect in the classroom: This includes towards your fellow student, myself and school property. This classroom will be a safe zone for the expression of ideas. Be in your seat from bell to bell: As school policy states, I must mark tardies. If you are not in the classroom by the time the bell rings, you are tardy. Come to class prepared: This includes using the restroom and having all materials needed for class with you when you arrive. Passes will be kept to a minimum to ensure as much learning is taking place in my class hour as possible. Please take care of your personal needs between classes.

Follow all Student Handbook Rules: This includes the use of inappropriate language and the use of iPods, laptops and cell phones in class. How you will be graded: Class work 20% of your final grade Class work is made up of assignments that are done both in class and are sent home. The purpose of class work is to supplement and build off things done in the classroom. Doing your class work will help you in all other areas of this course. I will except late class work at 50% off of your grade. Quizzes 20% of your final grade Quizzes in my class may be open note. You have up to one week (or the allotted days missed) to complete a quiz that you may have missed from an absence. Tests and Reviews 40% of your grade Tests never escape you. It will be my job to help make sure you are ready for these tests. You will always get a review several days before a test to help you study. See me before or after school if you need help studying or reviewing for your tests. Projects 20% of your grade - We will have several projects throughout the school year that range from papers, to posters to group work. Staying on task and working with others is part of your project grade. Grading Scale: 40% of your grade will be from semester one, 40% from semester two and 20% from your final exam A+ : 97% and above A-: 90% - 92.9% B+: 87% - 89.9% C+: 77% - 79.9% C: 73% - 76.9% D: 63% - 66.9% D-: 60% - 62.9%

A : 96.9% - 93% B-: 80% - 82.9% D+: 67% - 69.9%

B: 83% - 86.9% C-: 70% - 72.9% F: 59% and below

Classroom Procedures: Late Work Any work handed in after the due date will receive 50% off. I will accept late work until the end of the quarter. All assignments can be found on my webpage. Student Absences If you are ever absent please see me to get your missing work. You will have the school allotted days to make up your work. It is important to get work in as soon as you can to keep pace in the course. Make up Tests/Quizzes If you are absent for a test/quiz and need to make up a test, you will have at least one opportunity to make up a test before or after school with a different social studies teacher. Please see me to get these dates. Academic Integrity Students caught cheating will receive a zero on their assignment. It is much easier to turn in your own work than to risk receiving a failing grade on your assignment. Please do your own work. Extra Help: Sometimes 5 or 10 minutes of individual help makes a big difference in understanding and learning the concepts that are misunderstood. Please do not wait until the day of a quiz or test to get extra help! Rather, talk to me as soon as you do not understand something. I will be available for extra help at the following times: Before school Monday through Friday beginning at 7:00 am. After school until 2:20 pm. Other accommodations may be made if you talk to me ahead of time. Textbooks - We have a classroom set of textbooks, but you will be assigned a textbook as well. Bring your textbook home to study and complete homework. Do not leave your textbook in your locker; there is a higher possibility of damage to occur to the book in your locker. Online versions of the book are available upon request.

1st Quarter Topics: Topic #1 Review up to Rome 500BC - 500AD Time Frame 1.5 week Reading: Chapter 6 Ancient Rome and Early Christianity (pages 152-185); The Crossing by Enerest ORoark Why it matters: Many of the inventions and ideas of Ancient Rome are still relevant to our world today. Essential Question: Which problems that arose in Rome, and eventually led to its decline, can apply to the American society today? Project: Roman Emperor Research 15 points Assessment: Multiple-choice questions, interpreting a map, extended response essays Topic #2 Islam 600AD 1250AD Time Frame 2 weeks Reading Chapter 10 The Muslim World (pages 260-280) Why it matters: Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in the world and one of the most poorly represented in the world today. Understanding Islam allows us to understand the tensions and distortions of the Middle East today. Essential Question: How does the modern media interpretation of Islam differ from the basic beliefs of Islam we have learned about? Project: Five Pillars of Islam Posters 10 points Assessments: Multiple choice questions, analyzing data in a chart, interpreting a map, extended response essays Topic #3 Africa and Asian Cultures 400BC 550 AD Time Frame 2 weeks Reading Chapter 7 India and China Establish Empires (pages 186-208) Chapter 8 African Civilizations (pages 209229) and Chapter 15 Societies and Empires of Africa (pages 406-428) Why it matters: As our world moves into the 21st century, India, China and Africa hold many keys to the success of our world. Understanding the origins and believes of these regions better prepare us for where the future may take us. Essential Question: Although the three empires we have talked about are very distant and develop differently, what are the similarities that different empires have? Project: Group Weebly Project (30 pts) Assessments: Multiple Choice questions, Essay Question, Matching Section (30 pts) Topic #4 Byzantines, Russians and Turks 500 - 1500 Time Frame 2 week Reading Chapter 11 Byzantines, Russians, and Turks Interact 500-1500 (pages 298-318); Justinian Code of Law Why it matters: The successes and tensions that arise in this area set the path for Europe to advance rapidly later on. Essential Question: How can interaction between cultures both benefit and impair the advancement of a civilization? Assessments: Multiple choice questions, analyzing true and false statements, interpreting a map, extended response essays Topic #5 Empires in East Asia 600 - 1350 Time Frame 2.5 weeks Reading Chapter 12 Empires in East Asia 600-1350 (pages 320-348); Judging the Mongols Dr. Anne Chapman. Why it matters: Japan and East Asia develop differently than the rest of Asia. These differences shape Japan into the culture that it has today as well as leads it to many conflicts throughout history. Essential Question: Were the Mongols culture brokers or fiends from hell? Assessments: Multiple choice questions, extended response essays, Asia Map Quiz Projects: Mongols on Trial 25 pts.

2nd Quarter Topics: Topic #6 Europe in the Middle Ages 500 - 1200 Time Frame 2.5 weeks Reading Chapters 13 European Middle Ages 500-1200 (pages 350-374) and Chapter 14 - The Formation of Western Europe 800-1500 (pages 376-404); Consequences of the Black Death William H. McNeill Why it matters: The Bubonic Plague kills millions of people in Europe that focuses the attention away from the church and to different areas. Essential Questions: What events caused the culture of the Middle Ages to differ drastically from previous eras? Assessments: Multiple choice questions, interpreting a map, matching vocabulary terms, extended response essays, Europe Map Quiz Topic #7 Renaissance and Reformation 1300 - 1600 Time Frame 2.5 weeks Reading: Chapter 17 European Renaissance and Reformation, 1300-1600 (pages 468-495); Catholic Runaways Why it matters: Europe undergoes a completely different thought process than it had during the Middle Ages. These changes lead Europe to develop new religions, advances in art and a refocus on culture in Europe. Essential Question: How was the Renaissance essential for the Reformation to take place in Europe from 1300-1600? Assessments: Multiple choice questions, analyzing true and false statements, interpreting a map, extended response essays Topic #8 An Age of Exploration and Isolation, 1400 - 1800 Time Frame 1 week Reading: Chapter 16: - People and Empires in the Americas 500-1500 (pages 438-466); Chapter 19 An Age of Exploration and Isolation, 1400-1800 (pages 526548; Chapter 20 The Atlantic World 1492-1800 (pages 550-576 Why it matters: European exploration was an important step toward the global interaction existing in the world today. Essential Question: Was European exploration a benefit or a detriment to the history of our world? Assessments: Multiple choice questions, analyzing a cause and effect chart, interpreting true and false statements, extended response essays Topic #9 Absolute Monarchs in Europe 1500 - 1800 Time Frame 2.5 weeks Reading: Chapter 21 Absolutism to Revolution (pages 586-618) Why it matters: Absolute monarchs create terror in Europe that causes individuals to demand a more substantial role in politics. This substantial role sparks the idea of a democracy and several models for which our government has today Essential Question: How did the rise of Absolute Monarchies change political thought in Europe in the age of Absolutism? Assessments: Multiple choice questions, interpreting a map, extended response essays Final Exam 20% of your final grade (Semester 1 grade is worth 40% of your grade, semester 2 is worth 40% of your grade.) Assessments: 85 question multiple choice and matching questions, 15 point written essay There are those of who look at things the way they are, and ask whyI dream of things that never were, and ask why not? Robert Francis Kennedy

Mr. Schoonovers Classroom Rules Form


Please sign below after reviewing the rules, requirements, attendance policy, and grading policy. Please feel free to contact me at anytime if you have any questions or concerns. Also, please include your email address (if you have one) and phone number so that if necessary I may reach you. Thank you and I hope to meet you at the open house on Thursday, March 13th, 2014 and throughout the year at school events! We have read, discussed, and understand the rules, requirements and procedures for Mr. Schoonove rs class.
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