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World History 9

DEPT:  Social studies                                  INSTRUCTOR: Gloria Nachreiner
COURSE TITLE World History  9                OFFICE PH: (507) 794-7904
CREDITS: 1 credit                              
ACADEMIC YEAR: 2015-2016          (home)
ACADEMIC CONTENT: This course will survey the ancient world, from the birth of Sumerian civilization around 3500 B.P.T. in the Tigris-Euphrates Valley (what is now present-day Iraq) to the fall of the Roman Empire in A.D. 453. The class will also cover such subjects as Classical Greece, Judaism, the founding of Christianity, and the triumph and decline of Rome. We will explore social and cultural history, as well as the political an economics aspects. The students will explain leading themes in religion and philosophy and discuss the environment population, and public health. The class will understand how ideas of antiquity will continue to influence culture today.
2.         Course Objective: Upon completing this course the student will be able to:
   1. Describe features of the world's physical and natural environment, and explain how the environment has affected and been affected by historical developments.
   2. Explain large-scale and long-term historical developments of regional, interregional, and global scope.
   3. Analyze ways in which human groups have come into contact and interacted with one another, including systems of communication, migration, commercial exchange, conquest, and cultural diffusion.
   4. Assess the significance of key turning points in world history.
   5. Describe the development and explain the significance of distinctive forms of political, social, and economic organization.
   6. Identify major discoveries, inventions, and scientific achievements, and assess their impact on society.
   7. Identify achievements in art, architecture, literature, and philosophy, and assess their impact on society.
   8. Compare the world we live in today with past eras such as the lower Paleolithic, upper Paleolithic, Neolithic, agrarian, and industrial ages.
   9. Explain ideals, practices, and historical developments of major belief systems.
  10. Identify challenges that humans have faced in the ecological, economic, political, and other spheres of life, and explain how they have responded to those challenges.
  11. Reflect upon choices humans have made in the past and consider how choices made today may affect the future.
LEARNING / TEACHING TECHNIQUES used in this course are:
            ** Collaborative learning
            ** Student presentations
            ** Lecture: Instructor will model new material
            ** Demonstrations
            ** Videos and audio tapes (when appropriate)
ASSIGNMENTS for this course include:
            ** Reading text in the classroom
            ** Individual and or collaborative projects
            ** Oral presentations
            ** Journal and or written assignments.
GRADE DETERMINATION: Grades for this course are based on the following process and guidelines:
The following numerical scale will be used in computing grades:
Grade Weights:
94-100%         A                                Test                 50%
93-90%           A-                               HW                 15%
89-87%           B+                              Oral                15%
86-84%           B                                Quizzes          10%
83-80%           B                                Notes              10%
79-77%           C+
76-74%           C
73-70%           C-
69-67%           D+
66-64%           D
63-60%           D-                                           
Below 60%      F                        
Students will be allowed to make-up one test missed due to absence. Any other test missed will carry zero scores. More than four class hours of absence will result in a one point lowered average.
1. Be in your seat, on time and ready to work when the bell rings every day.
2. Bring all materials necessary for class each day (Before the bell rings!)
3. Follow all instructions as soon as they’re given.
4. AVOID interrupting others when they have been given the floor and the right to speak.
5. AVOID damaging the property or feelings of others.
(If you break the rules)
1st. Time: I’ll warn you. (Please stop breaking the rules)
2nd Time: 1 hour detention
3rd Time: Removed from class. 2 hours of detention.
*The above applies to breaking rules within any one class period and is subject to modification for consistently disruptive individuals.
1. Participate in Daily class Activities.
2. Keep an up to date notebook. It should include vocabulary terms, outline notes, notes from films, project instructions, etc. This notebook will be checked on a random basis.
3. Quizzes and tests will be given to students.
4. Reports and/ or various projects will be given and graded like tests.
5. Assignments should be turned in to the appropriate basket on time.