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World History Syllabus and Time Line





World History Studies is the only course offering students an overview a survey of the entire history of humankind. Due to the expanse of world history and the time limitations of the school year, the scope of this course should focus on “essential” concepts and skills that can be applied to various eras, events, and people within the standards in subsection (c) of this section. The major emphasis is on the study of significant people, events, and issues from the earliest times to the present. Traditional historical points of reference in world history are identified as students analyze important events and issues in western civilization as well as in civilizations in other parts of the world. Students evaluate the causes and effects of political and economic imperialism and of major political revolutions since the 17th century. Students examine the impact of geographic factors on major historic events and identify the historic origins of contemporary economic systems. Students analyze the process by which democratic-republican constitutional governments evolved as well as the ideas from historic documents that influenced that process. Students trace the historical development of important legal and political concepts. Students examine the history and impact of major religious and philosophical traditions. Students analyze the connections between major developments in science and technology and the growth of industrial economies, and they use the process of historical inquiry to research, interpret, and use multiple sources of evidence.


Time Line

Unit 1 Beginnings of Civilizations; Chapters 1-4

Unit 2 New Directions in Government and Society; Chapters 5-9

Unit 3 An Age of Exchange and Encounter; Chapters 10-15

Unit 4 Connecting Hemispheres; Chapters 16-20

Unit 5 Absolutism to Revolution; Chapters 21-24

Unit 6 Industrialism and the Race for Empire; Chapters 25-28

Unit 7 The World at War; Chapters; 29-32

Unit 8 Perspectives on the Present; Chapters 33-36


Grading System

Nine Weeks Average:


Daily Average will be 60% of the grade.

Test Average will be 40% of the grade.



Class Guidelines


Daily grades will be given throughout the course for various assignments including worksheets, lecture notes, participating in class discussions, group assignments, having necessary materials for class, quizzes, and journals.


Tests I reserve the right to give a test, at any time, over specific material, concepts, or ideas as we cover them:  I may elect to do this if I determine that proper attention and effort is not being given by an individual or class, or for any other reason that I deem necessary.   


Make Up or Late Work   Make up work and test will be given upon request.  Students must follow handbook procedures for make up or late work (1 day late is 30 points off, 2 days late is 50 points off, a zero after two days late).  A reasonable time will be given for makeup work.  

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