Course Syllabus 2015-2016

Sebastian Middle School

244 LBJ Road

Jackson, KY 41339

Phone:  (606) 666-8894

Fax:  (606) 666-5336

http://www.breathitt.k12.ky.us/school_home.aspx?schoolid=2

Course Syllabus 2014-2065

 

World Civilization

Course Description:  World Civilization is a course that explores the physical, political, economical, and social changes the nations of the earth have experienced from the Ancient Civilizations to today.

 

Course Goals/Objectives:  By the end of this course you will be knowledgeable of the people, places, ideals, wars, concepts, and social views of the world from the ancient civilizations to today.  You will connect how these changes have impacted today’s society.  You will successfully complete tasks that reflect your knowledge of this material as they are outlined in the Core Content and Program of Studies.  You will also be prepared for U.S. History.

 

Instructor Information:                                          John Baker                                                                                                                                                                               john.baker@breathitt.kyschools.us

                                                                                (606) 666-8894  Ext. 2316

                                                                                Room 211 at Sebastian Middle School

             

Course Calendar*:

From August 2008 through May 2016, we will cover the following topics:  the world before modern times prehistory-A.D. 1500; the early modern world, 1400-1800; an era of European Imperialism, 1800-1914; and moving toward a global civilization, 1945-present.

We are already off schedule and will really have to work and catch up

Introduction to Course:  Week 1

 

Unit 2 The Early Modern World:  Weeks 2-8

 

Unit 3 An Era of European Imperialism:  Weeks 9-12

 

Unit 4 The 20th Century Crisis:  Weeks 13-16

 

Unit 5 Toward a Global Civilization:  Weeks 17-22

 

Unit 1 The World Before Modern Times:  Weeks 23-26

 

Text/Other Required Materials/Resources:

World History: Modern Times—In class only

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Instructional Procedures:

Throughout this course a variety of activities and teaching strategies will be used to meet the auditory, visual, and hands-on learning styles of students.

 

Classroom Rules:

  1. It is essential that you be here and be on time for class.
  2. Have all items you need for class with you upon entering the classroom door every day school is in session.  This includes your textbook that you will need daily.
  3. Be respectful to me, each other, and all items in the classroom at all times.
  4. Correctly complete all assigned work by following the directions.
  5. Do not touch anyone with anything at anytime ever.
  6. No student is permitted behind my desk at anytime.
  7. No student will have access to my computer at anytime.
  8. Have correctly completed assignments by due dates and be ready to interact using the material.
  9. Stay in assigned seats unless told differently by me.
  10. If you have questions, ask them.

 

 

 

Attendance/Administrative Procedures:

 

  1. If you are not feeling well, please inform me at the beginning of class so I can help you.
  2. If you are absent, it is also your responsibility to obtain your assignment from me upon your return to school.
  3. If I am absent from school for any reason, I will leave an assignment for you to complete.  It does not matter who the sub is or what the sub says or does, you ARE responsible for the assignment I leave for you to complete.  No exceptions.

 

Grading System:

The grading scale is as follows: 100-90 A; 89-80 B; 79-70 C; 69-60 D; 59-0 F.

The break down of your grade is : 40% tests, 20% projects, , 20% journal article reviews, 10% assignments/class participation , and 10% accelerated reader novels .  Specific information pertaining to each of these will be given to you.

If you want to earn an A for this class, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Earn 90% or better on all quizzes, tests, and assignments, Read 4 accelerated reader novels and complete 4 book reports—one on each novel.
  • Complete 6 assigned article reviews.
  • Limit absences – missing class means you miss out on the day’s material. Copying someone’s notes is helpful, but it just isn’t the same as BEING in class.

If you want to earn a B for this class, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Earn 80% or better on all quizzes, tests, and assignments, including projects.
  • Read 3 accelerated reader novels and complete 3 book reports.
  • Complete 5 assigned article reviews.
  • Limit absences – missing class means you miss out on the day’s material. Copying someone’s notes is helpful, but it just isn’t the same as BEING in class.

If you want to earn a C for this class, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Earn 70% or better on all quizzes, tests, assignments, projects
  • Read 3 accelerated reader novel and complete 3 book reports.
  • Complete 4 assigned article reviews.
  • Limit absences – missing class means you miss out on the day’s material. Copying someone’s notes is helpful, but it just isn’t the same as BEING in class.

If you want to earn a D for this class, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Earn 60% or better on all quizzes, tests, assignments, projects
  • Read 1 accelerated reader novel and complete 1 book report.
  • Complete 3 assigned article reviews.
  • Do below the minimum class work required to earn a C

If you want to earn an F for this class, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Earn 59% or less on all quizzes, tests, assignments, projects
  • Don’t read any accelerated reader books or complete any book reports.
  • Do not complete article reviews.
  • Don’t limit absences
  • Don’t attempt to do make-up work

 

Opportunities for Extra Help/Assistance:

  1. Ask questions of me when you have the opportunity.
  2. Extra credit may be given occasionally.

 

YOUR GRADE REFLECTS WHAT YOU EARN AND YOU ARE THE ONE WHO IS ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR GRADE.

 

This course schedule is tentative and subject to change as needed throughout the course.  I am glad to have you enrolled in my course and have your presence in my classroom.  It will take each of us working together with cooperation, understanding, and compassion to achieve the objectives and goals of this course to provide you with a premium World Civilization education.  Let’s get started.

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Sebastian Middle School
244 LBJ Road
Jackson, KY 41339
Fax:606-666-5336