Course Outline 2017-2018

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See Important "Image link" at the bottom of the page and an "Introductory Letter" to students and their parents and guardians.

Global Studies: Fall/Winter Semester- 2017-18

Teacher: William Petrics  


1st. Marking Period


Intro Unit, M. East & N. Africa

The Russian World

Russia’s origin, through both the Tsarist and the Soviet Eras

Ivan IV-Peter I to Lenin & Stalin

2nd.  Marking Period


Imperialism & Conflict

           European Imperialism

How & Why European, Asian &   African cultures collided?

   Comparing cultural conflicts -

3rd Marking Period


 Research Project

Students read a biography, & write a related research paper. Students learn the importance of organizing and documenting sources.

 Political & Economic Revolutions  

Communism & Capitalism

Read: Animal Farm & Communist Manifesto

India: How was 20th C. conflict different here? (Gandhi)

China: How was 20th C. conflict different here? (Mao)

World War I

20th Century Technology & Nationalism. How they unleashed

 a part of humanity not previously observed and recorded.

French Revolution to Napoleon

Unit emphasizes the cause/effect of

political & social conflict & change in a world of privilege that that has dominated humanity for centuries.

  Revolutions in all Human Endeavors

  Changes in Art, Music,

Medicine, Astronomy, Philosophy. What caused these changes, and

how they affect our lives today?   

World War II & The Holocaust

Events that shaped the latter part of 20th century & the present era.

Read: Elie Wiesel’s Night; a real and personal account used here to better understand this terrible era 

            The themes covered are identified in the grid above. All Units incorporate current 

issues (2017/18), as they relate to the unit studied. The grid divides the course into thematic 

units. Students are assessed using the “Vermont Grade Expectations” & The National “Common 

Core Standards” for “Literacy in History/Social Studies”. For Example: Students should be able to “

… integrate information from diverse sources, both primary and secondary, into a 

coherent understanding of an idea or event, noting discrepancies among sources…”

 (National Common Core Standards) It is important to note that not all assessments result in 

“final grades.” Some assessments are called “formative assessments”. These assessments are used 

to measure student progress, so the teacher may modify instruction to meet the student’s 

needs. There are no “final grades” from formative assessments. This is where students

 gain information on how to improve their work. Formative assessments entered onto the 

Power School grading system are meant to give student and parent information on how to 

make positive changes to improve the overall grade. Report cards are issued every six weeks and 

are primarily based on summative assessments. Summatives determine proficiency for the 

course’s skills and knowledge.   


                Text Book World History -Patterns of Interaction

(Note: There is an electronic version of the textbook provided online for all 

students to use.)

              Historical Testimony Night   by Elie Weisel

               Novel - Animal Farm by George Orwell

               Spiral notebook for reflecting on class work and note taking.

                      Assessed & Graded Learning

           (Note: some assessments in each category may be both formative

               and summative.)  

    Class Work(group/individual presentations; demos, discussions)                  35%

 Independent Work (includes work completed at home as well as in school)       20%
 Participation (Large & small groups – discussions, debates, investigations)        5%

Summative Assessments                                                                40%   

                               Common Sense & Common Courtesy

1.     Preparation - Please come to class prepared. If tasks are assigned to be completed outside of class, expect that they will be used during class.

2.     Attendance & Tardiness – Regular Attendance is vital for success, and being on time for class and handing in assignments when due is important. Late assignments will be marked off.

3.     Make-up Work – It is the student’s responsibility to make up missed work during absences, including excused absences due to sports or other school sanctioned activities. For a list of all required work, see the daily & monthly assignment calendar posted in the classroom.

                                                        Teacher Contact Information

You will find me in room A-2. I am available almost every day after school for help. You may use my school e-mail to contact me or to ask me questions ( ). I make every attempt to check in regularly. Use it in the evening if needed; I usually check it then too.