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World History and Geography Syllabus


Instructor: Mr. Petty                                                                                                                                                                                                             


Course Description: In World History, students will study the history of humankind with a concentrated focus from the Age of Revolutions to the Contemporary World. Students will utilize different methods that historians use to interpret the past, including points of view and historical context.

Textbook: McDougal Littell World History: Patterns of Interaction

Units of Study:

Geographical Themes   

Absolutism and Enlightenment

French Revolution and Napoleon            

Nationalism and Democratic Growth

The Industrial Revolution


World War I and the Russian Revolution             

Interwar Period and the Rise of Totalitarianism

World War II     

The Cold War    

Post 1945 Independence Movements and Contemporary Times

Materials Needed – Paper, pencil or pen (blue or black only), 3 ring binder


Attendance – Students perform better when they are present for instruction. Excessive absences may have an impact on a student’s overall grade and performance in class. Students are considered tardy if they are not in the classroom when the bell rings. A tardy pass will be required to enter class after the bell.

Preparation - Students are expected to come to class everyday with ALL of their materials. Constantly borrowing materials from classmates is disruptive and interferes with class instruction. When the bell rings, you are expected to be in your seat and ready to work on the daily focus assignment. Standing around the room prior to the bell is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.

Participation – Students are expected to actively participate in class. This includes taking notes, responding to questions/asking questions, and contributing to group and class discussions.

Assignments - Throughout this course, you will be given assignments that require you to think critically and analyze both assorted texts and visual information.  It will be necessary for you to read the corresponding textbook assignments prior to class. This will enable you to ask questions and gain a better understanding of the material. Sometimes topics covered in the assigned readings are not covered in depth during class. Please be aware that all topics, whether covered in class or assigned readings, may be included on unit assessments.

Code of Conduct - Be aware of all of the policies and procedures in the University School Code of Conduct.

Cheating and Plagiarism – Students who are caught cheating or plagiarizing material will receive a zero for the assignment and a disciplinary referral. Cheating and plagiarism can occur in numerous ways. Examples include:

Using or paraphrasing someone else’s work and ideas without giving credit. You must include the source and properly cite it. Changing a word or two is not acceptable. This applies to research projects and class assignments involving the textbook.
Copying assignments in class, at home, or in the hallway before school starts
Providing test information or answers

Make-Up Policy - If you are absent, it is your responsibility to obtain assignments. Make-up work is due based on the length of your absence. If you miss two days, you have two days to complete and turn in the assignment.

If an assignment was due on the day you were absent, you are expected to turn it in the day you return. Should you require an extra day, the maximum you may receive is a 70%. No assignments will be accepted after the 2nd day.

Test and Quiz dates will be announced in class and posted on the class website. All students are expected to take assessments on the assigned date. If a student is absent on the day of the test, they are expected to take it during study period (follow the study period test make up schedule) or after school.

Grading System - Grading will be done on a total point system.  The total number of points may vary depending on the number of assignments given throughout the quarter.

Although this may seem confusing, it allows me to assign point values based on the importance of each assignment. Test will always be worth 100 points. Quizzes, projects, and other assignments will vary.

You will be able to access your grades online. Most of the time, grades will be updated weekly. Projects and other lengthy assignments will require additional time.

Electronic Devices - Occasionally we will utilize electronic devices for class projects and activities. These items are only allowed when permission has been given by the teacher. Students who abuse the policy will have their device confiscated and face the consequences set forth in the student code of conduct.

Backpacks, Food, and Water – Backpacks, water, and food are not allowed in the classroom.  Students who bring their backpack to class will be instructed to place it in their locker and get a tardy slip if the bell rings before they return. Students who bring food to class will be instructed to throw it away.



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