Students will study the main events and people of world history. We will explore geography, historical documents, political thoughts and ideas, and decision-making throughout history. Literature representative of periods in history will be included. Communication and teamwork skills will be developed through presentations, online discussions, simulations, and projects.
For students and teachers to be successful in the classroom, certain standards and expectations need to be determined at the very outset of the school year. Here is a statement of policies that will clarify expectations in this class.
We agree to abide by these general principles:
- Be respectful when other students or the teacher are speaking. During class, please raise your hand and I call on you to share in the discussion. Do not use inappropriate language! Don’t get distracted by your cellphone or anything else!
- Be on time. Please be in class by the start of the period. Attendance and the daily bell ringer assignment will begin promptly at the start of the period. School tardy policy will be enforced.
- Be prepared. Students need to bring required materials to class (Chromebook charged, paper, pen/pencil, etc.).
- Be willing to learn and try your personal best. Be an active learner!
- Due to the rigor of the course, it is imperative that students attend class every day and on time. Frequent absences and tardies will not be tolerated and will affect students’ grades. The exception would be prolonged illnesses, which are handled on an individual basis.
- Assignments due in this class are always clearly posted on Google Classroom and announced in advance.
- Assignments are due on the day set by the teacher, unless a student is absent (excused). All work missed due to excused absences may be made up, but students only have as many days to make up the work as they were absent. It is the responsibility of the student to find out what he or she missed while absent by checking Google Classroom. Students will not be able to make up in-class participation assignments.
- All assignments are due at the beginning of the class period. Late assignments will be accepted for partial credit (up to 70%) through the end of the following unit! Students are encouraged to still do the assignments late, in order to prepare themselves for the unit exams. Major assignments (projects, presentations, essays) may be completed/ turned in late, but there will be at least a 10% point deduction penalty for each day after the original due date that it is turned in (Max. -30% dedication for late projects).
- Exams and other forms of summative assessments are a very important part of the learning process.
- To ensure students do not have gaps in their content knowledge after the summative assessments, I will allow students to relearn the content they have struggled with by doing test corrections on the unit summative assessments.
- Make sure you do test corrections for your Unit Summative Assessments, whether you have an A or an F!
Growth occurs when students take responsibility for themselves and for their success and/or failure. Students can be successful based on their efforts. The self-discipline of doing homework consistently is a very important discipline. Grades are determined by how many points a student earns divided by the total points possible:
93-100%= A 90-92%= A-
88-89%= B+ 83-87%= B 80-82%= B-
78-79%= C+ 73-77%= C 70-72%= C-
68-69%= D+ 63-67%= D 62-60%= D-
Class grades will be accumulated through points received on two types of assignment categories. The following percentages are how grades are weighed. The categories for grades include: Formative (45%, homework, classwork, online engagement and participation), Summative (45%, unit exams, quizzes, projects, presentations, and essays), and Mid-Term/Final Exams (10%).
- Make sure Chromebooks are charged and ready, every day. If you do need to charge, it is your responsibility to have your charger and use it before your Chromebooks dies.
- No using Chromebooks for unauthorized activities (games, chat, etc)
- Follow district tech use guidelines at all times
- Think before you type! “Would it be OK to say this within earshot of the teacher?” If the answer is no, then you shouldn’t type it!
- Check Google Classroom every day!
Plagiarism/Cheating: Plagiarism is the act of using another person’s ideas, words, or work in your writing without acknowledging the source. With the ease of accessing information via the Internet, plagiarism has become a serious problem. In college, plagiarism and cheating lead to expulsion from the school. Punishment for these serious breaches of trust will be a zero or no credit for all parties involved and negatively affect students’ participation grade. Cite your sources!
I anticipate a rich, rewarding, and challenging school year. There is much to do in the way of learning and growing, so let’s work together. First period is my advising time, so this would be the best time to reach me. Otherwise, try contacting me during the Hub period time and I will get back to you as soon as I can.