• Welcome to World History

    Instructor: Ms. Delia Doss
    Email: delia.doss@matsuk12.us
    Phone: 864-5428
    Course Description:


    “If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.”

    - Pearl S. Buck




    World History is a year-long required survey course that explores the key events and global historical developments from ancient times to A.C.E. that have shaped the world we live in today. The scope of Modern World History provides the latitude to range widely across all aspects of human experience: economics, science, religion, philosophy, politics & law, military conflict, literature & the arts. The course will illuminate connections between our lives and those of our ancestors around the world. Students will uncover patterns of behavior, identify historical trends and themes, explore historical movements and concepts, and test theories. Students will refine their ability to read for comprehension and critical analysis; summarize, categorize, compare, and evaluate information; write clearly and convincingly; express facts and opinions orally; and use technology appropriately to present information.  


    This course is required for graduation.

    Course Themes: The five course themes below present areas of historical inquiry that should be investigated at various points throughout the course and revisited as manifested in particular historical developments over time. These themes articulate at a broad level the main ideas that are developed throughout the entire span of the course. Each theme includes a list of related key topics as well as a description. The key concepts were derived from an explicit consideration of these themes, with the goal of making the themes more concrete for the course content within each historical period. This clear connection between themes and key concepts means students can put what is particular about one historical period into a larger framework. In this way, the themes facilitate cross-period questions and help students recognize broad trends and processes that have developed over centuries in various regions of the world.
    These themes are:
    • Theme 1: Interaction Between Humans and the Environment
    • Theme 2: Development and Interaction of Cultures
    • Theme 3: State-Building, Expansion, and Conflict
    • Theme 4: Creation, Expansion, and Interaction of Economic Systems
    • Theme 5: Development and Transformation of  Social Structures




    Reading will be a major part of this course. Reading to understand a history text book is very important to your students success in this classroom and specific vocabulary is an everyday occurrence. Students need to participate in discussions and so need to understand the venacular being used. Assignments are likely to be assigned frequently. I expect assigned reading to be done PRIOR to the next class time. Readings will consist primarily of sections from their book, Glencoe's World History text.

    Topics of study will include:
    1. Review Ancient Civilizations
    2. Ancient Greek and Roman Civilizations
    3. World Religion
    4. Nation Building
    5. Age of Reason
    6. Revolutions
    7. World Wars 
    8. Contemporary Issues
    World History,
    Class Materials: Each day, you must bring the following materials to class—
    • Pencil/Eraser or Pen
    • Composition Notebook
    • Assigned Book
    • USB Drive
    • Chromebook
    • Smile with good attitude :)
    Grading: Tentatively, your grade will be calculated by this formula—
    Summative Assessments – 70%
    · Tests

    · Presentations

    · Projects: Hands-on Activities

    Formative Assessments: 30%

    · Daily Work

    · Bells

    · Ancillary Assignments

    · Employability Skills: Class Participation, Materials, Attendance
    Multiple teaching models will be used in this class. Lectures, co-operative learning, direct instruction, student discussion, group and individual projects, multimedia, whole group instruction, and visual materials will also be used in World History.

    1. Increase your vocabulary and reading skills.

    2. Increase your writing skills. Students will be able to demonstrate writing sentences and paragraphs.

    3. Increase skills on timed examinations.

    4. Increase organizational and note taking skills.

    5. Understand diversity and opinions of others.

    6. Increase ability to understand the process of doing and presenting projects.

    7. Participate in group discussions and activities.

    There will occasionally be opportunities for extra credit.
    Please see Ms. Doss for more details if you feel you need extra credit.
    Classroom Guidelines: All students must conduct themselves according to these guidelines:
    • Be on time every day, prepared to do work
    • Follow our Social Contract: Agreement of Behavior
    • Be considerate of the rights, feelings and property of others
    • Remain attentive during class and participate in all assignments
    • Respond promptly to all directions by the teacher
    • Please continue to obey all school rules and regulations (see handbook)
    Daily Procedure: Before class begins, please gather your class materials, sharpen your pencil, use the restroom and be ready to think and work.
    • Sit in your seat every day
    • Have your completed work out on your desk (it can be in the binder still)
    • Begin warm-up assignment independently
    • Homework Policy: You should expect to have homework if you did not finish your in-class assignment or was assigned homework. The purpose of homework is to give opportunities to perfect the skills and knowledge we learned in class. Some homework will also elaborate on what we have learned or prepare you for the next day’s lesson. Because it is so important, homework will be checked every day at the beginning of class. Partially complete assignments will be given partial credit. If the homework is not in class, it cannot be graded and will be given a zero.
    • In-class work should have labeled with your name and the date.

     Seventy percent of your grade is made up of summative assessments. Some students get nervous during tests or struggle, but there are many different ways to assess a students knowledge. Such assessments will include tests (written and oral), quizzes, presentations and projects. Pop Quizzes: There is always the possibility of an open-notes pop quiz, so always have your notes and assignments organized and with you in class. All other assessments will be announced and students will be given time to prepare.
    Thirty percent of the grade is based on formative assessment. This refers to bell quizzes, homework, in-class work, group and individual projects, etc.

    Absences/Late Work Policy
    : Things happen and realistically, people will be absent from time to time. Our class follows the school’s policy:
    • It is your responsibility to ask your teachers what you missed and what work you need to make up
    • After an excused absence, you have two days to complete work you missed
    • If you are absent for up to three days in a row, you will have double the time to make up the work
    • If you have an unauthorized absence, see me to receive credit for make-up work.
    Parent/Guardian & Student Contract:
    Parents/guardians: I have read the syllabus for World History and understand that my student will have to obey these rules, procedures and policies.
    Name (please print): ___________________________
    Signature: ___________________________________
    Date: _______________________________________

    Students: I have read the syllabus for World History and understand that I have to obey these rules, procedures and policies.

    Name (please print): _______________________________
    Signature: _______________________________________
    Date: ___________________________________________
    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
    My email is delia.doss@matsuk12.us and you can reach me by calling Redington High School 864-5428.
Last Modified on August 13, 2019