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Liberty North High School

2014-2015 Course Syllabus

World History 

Teacher: Mr. Matthew Larson, M.A.                      Schedule & Room #s: 1-World History 820

                Phone: 816-736-5500 Ext. 2916                              2-World History 820    3-World History 107                 

Email:                       4-World History 820    5-World History 820

                                   6-Planning                     7-World History 820           

I am always available at least 30 minutes before and after school as well as by appointment.


Ellis, Elisabeth Gaynor and Anthony Esler. World History: the Modern Era. Boston

Massachusetts: Pearson Education Inc., 2009. 

Your text provides an excellent summary of the periods to be studied, but it is still only supplementary to the material presented in class. 

Course Description/Objectives: 

World History provides an introduction to the history of the people, places, events, and issues bearing on humanity since the cradles of civilization first emerged.  As with any broadly-conceived survey, it will be impossible for us to cover the world’s history with any degree of inclusivity. Instead of cramming the ocean into one bottle, we will paint with broad strokes in hopes of creating a panoramic view of a period chronicling mankind’s conception to modern times.  Additionally, we will seek to understand our vantage point within that panorama.  To study the past we must listen to a multiplicity of voices and narratives.  We create our own narratives in that process and thus become part of the continuum.  You, as students of history, are writers of history and must recognize the significance of that very important responsibility. 

Upon completion of this course, you will have come to appreciate the complex political, economic, cultural, social, and religious history of the world’s earliest civilizations to the modern era and how those earlier periods have helped mold the world in which we function presently.  As history’s timeline nears the present, the amount of historical sources, and thus history itself, increases exponentially.  Subsequently, an emphasis is placed on recent history.  But the modern world cannot be separated from its past.  Despite the variety of changes in human history, elements of the past remain integrated in the present.  This course is uniquely designed to introduce the student to those elements of history that establish the foundations of the modern western world we understand today. 

Tentative Course Outline: 

Unit One-“Ancient Civilizations” (August)

Unit Two-“Greece and Rome” (September)

Unit Three-“The Middle Ages and the Role of Religion” (October)

Unit Four-“The Renaissance, Reformation, and Scientific Revolution” (November-December)

Unit Five-“Exploration and Absolutism” (December-January)

Unit Six-“The Enlightenment” (January)

Unit Seven-“The French Revolution” (January-February)

Unit Eight-“The Industrial Revolution” (February-March)

Unit Nine-“Nationalism, Imperialism, and WWI” (March-April)

Unit Ten-“WWII to Present” (April-May)

Class Expectations: 

v Show respect to yourself and others-We will have constructive class discussions, which are only possible if each student respects others and their opinions. It takes friction to start a fire. You might not agree with another’s opinion, but there will be no name-calling or making fun of each other during class. The use of profanity, abusive language, or racial slurs will NOT be tolerated. Any behavior that could interfere with another student’s ability to learn will not be allowed.   

v Be prepared by bringing your materials to class everyday-You will be required to bring a pen or pencil, notebook or loose paper, folder, and your MacBook to class each day unless otherwise communicated by me.

v Beverages in lidded containers will be allowed in class-You may not leave class to fill up your water bottle. This must be done before class begins that day. Generally, you should use the restroom before entering class. With permission, however, you may leave briefly for restroom use. Only one student may leave to use the restroom at a time and you must not ask for permission while I am directly teaching the class. This distracts and detracts from the substance of the class and any other time is more appropriate. Beyond this, only emergencies warrant you leaving the classroom. Small snacks and gum are the only edible items allowed. All must clean up after themselves.

v Electronic devices in the classroom-When you enter the classroom, your electronic devices must be put away and entirely out of sight. In order to limit interference with learning, you are restricted from using cellular phones, iPods, MP3 players, and all other electronic devices in the classroom while I am directly teaching. Consequences include immediate confiscation and a call to a parent/guardian. Admittedly, there may exist some, fitting instances for the use of electronic devices, but I will explicitly convey when that time is appropriate. I too will explicitly convey when you are allowed to use your Macs in the classroom, otherwise they are to be closed and away. 

v Make-Up Work-For every day that you are absent, you have the number of days you were absent plus one additional day to make up that work. For instance, if you were gone two days, you would have three days to make up the work. It is the student’s sole responsibility to ascertain what he or she missed and make-up that work.    Exceptions to the aforementioned might be made due only to extreme circumstances. 

v Late Work-Assignments are required to be turned in on the day they are due. Failure to submit an assignment on time will result in a zero. If you are absent on the day that a project or longer assignment such as a paper is due, you will be required to turn that assignment or project in on the day of your return. However, you must write “Absent” at the top or it will be considered late and will result in a zero. 

v Attendance and Tardiness-I strictly adhere to the Student Handbook regarding attendance and tardy policy. Accordingly, punctual attendance is a requirement for success and will be recorded at the beginning of every class meeting. Students are expected to be in the classroom when the bell rings. Thereafter, all must immediately find their seats and begin work on the anticipatory prompt that begins each class. Failure to do so will result in a tardy and you will be sent to the Attendance Office. 











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 Your grade will be determined based on the points you earn out of the total possible points. This may include notes, in-class assignments, homework, projects, presentations, quizzes, and tests.

 Quizzes and Test: 

Quizzes and tests will be given over material we cover in class, including notes, readings, assignments, projects, and textbook content. To assess your understanding of the material in a variety of ways, quizzes and tests will feature different formats. They may, for instance, include any combination of the following: multiple choice, true/false, fill in the blank, short answer, map identification, and essay questions. The dates of quizzes and tests will be announced approximately one week prior to the date administered, affording you adequate time to prepare. It is essential to stay up to date in the class by completing all assignments and notes for I typically, with the exception of one review day, teach new material right up until quizzes and tests are administered. Please note: Generally, there is one quiz per unit and one test per quarter.

If you are absent and excused on the day of a quiz or test, you have one week to make-up that test. If you do not make-up the quiz or test within one week, you will receive a zero.  If you are absent and unexcused on the day of a quiz or test, you will not be allowed to make-up the test and will receive a zero.  It remains the student’s responsibility to ascertain what he or she missed and, in cooperation with the teacher, schedule a time, within the allotted week time frame, for a make-up test. Only circumstances short of personal disaster might supersede the aforementioned.