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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: Spring/Winter Semester- 2016
Teacher: William Petrics
The themes covered are identified in the grid above. All Units incorporate current
issues (2015/16), 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.
Class Work – (group/individual presentations; demos, discussions) 35%
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 (email@example.com ). I make every attempt to check in regularly. Use it in the evening if needed; I usually check it then too.