World Cultures I & II / Michigan History

This course is a Social Science elective for the 2008 / 2009 school year


World Cultures / Michigan History  (9, 10, 11, 12)   Elective
 

This course will survey the various cultures of the world. The course fosters an understanding of diverse cultural traditions through an engaging narrative and a strong humanities strand. Regional units will use the day-to-day lives of real people as a framework for understanding the importance of each region's geography, history and traditions, economics and daily life, literature and the arts, as well as the role of the region in the world today.  In conjunction with this course, a six week period will be devoted to the major periods in Michigan history. 






                                     






World Cultures














                                                                              World Cultures


Michigan History






 

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World Cultures I & II / Michigan History Syllabus

6th  Hour / Room 98
Genesee High School

 

Contact Information: 

    School Phone:     810-591-1450
    Web Page:           http://mrdbest.googlepages.com/home
    Email:                 dbest@geneseeschools.org

Textbook Information:

"World Cultures:  A Global Mosaic"  Prentice-Hall Inc., 1999 New Jersey, 07548 

"Michigan's Story" by David B. McConnell   Hillsdale Educational Publishers, Hillsdale MI  2002

Required Items: Daily

   
    Pencil
    Paper
    Textbook
    Computer Authorization & Password
    Promptness / Daily Attendance / Prepared to work
    Following of the classroom policies and guidelines

Course Description / Objective:


World Cultures / Michigan History  (9, 10, 11, 12)   Elective
 

This course will survey the various cultures of the world. The course fosters an understanding of diverse cultural traditions through an engaging narrative and a strong humanities strand. Regional units will use the day-to-day lives of real people as a framework for understanding the importance of each region's geography, history and traditions, economics and daily life, and literature and the arts, as well as the role of the region in the world today.  In conjunction with this course, a six week period will be devoted to the major periods in Michigan history. 

Topics Covered:  (2008 / 2009 School year - subject to change)


First 6 weeks:    Chapters 1 – 6

Introduction & Africa


Second 6 weeks:    Chapters 7 - 14 

South Asia: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh
Southeast Asia, Australia & Oceania


Third 6 weeks:    Chapters 15 - 19  

East Asia:  China, Korea, Japan


       
January ???       SEMESTER EXAMS


Fourth 6 weeks:    Chapters 20 - 28   

Latin America  

Canada 

The Middle East


Fifth 6 weeks:    Chapters 29 - 34   

Europe & the Former Soviet Union


Sixth 6 weeks:    Michigan's Story


    A look at Michigan's history, from Native American days, to the French and British, joining the United States, Settlement, Stand Against Slavery, Food and Farming, Farms to Factories, Automotive Industry, World War I, 1930's & 1940's, Michigan Today and other pertinent local history.
 


 ** NOTE:  ON MANY OCCASIONS WHEN CLASS BEGINS THERE WILL BE A 'WARM UP' QUESTION ... THIS MAY PERTAIN TO CURRENT EVENTS, PREVIOUS LEARNING, KNOWLEDGE OF UPCOMING MATERIAL, OR OTHER TOPICAL ISSUES ... YOU WILL HAVE APPROXIMATELY 2 TO 4 MINUTES TO GIVE A WRITTEN RESPONSE ... KEEP THESE UNTIL I COLLECT THEM.  THANKS  : )

 
Class Policies:


  • Attendance and promptness is necessary to be successful. 
  • Positive class participation is encouraged.
  • Homework is due the following day unless otherwise noted – lose 20% per day that it is late. ( key is to stay on top of the h/w !)
  • Approximately 45% of the grade will be based on quizzes and tests.
  • Approximately 45% of the grade will be based homework, in class work, group activities.
  • Approximately 10% of the grade will come from Warm-Ups and other activities
  • Homework will be due at the beginning of the hour – a tray / slot is provided for you place your homework/paper - thanks.  

 

Class Guidelines:

 

  • Please Be Prepared to work when the bell rings - duh!
  • Students speak by raising their hand and being called on by the teacher - prevents chaos
  • Water Only with cap - prevents messes / smells
  • No Food - same thing prevents messes / smells / bugs
  • R*E*S*P*E*C*T for others and yourself - just common sense



Grading Policy / Scale:



  • Approximately 45 % of your grade will come from 3 tests each marking period (about 1 every two weeks).
  • Approximately 45 % will come from homework.  (about 15 points per week). 
  • Approximately 10 % will come from Warm-Ups and other activities
  • Participation and conduct may have either a positive or negative affect on the final grade.



        94 - 100 %   A                                    90 – 93%    A-

        87 – 89%    B+        84 – 86%    B         80 – 83%    B-

        77 – 79%    C+        74 – 76%    C        70 – 73%    C-

        67 – 69%    D+        64 – 66%    D        55 – 63%    D-

        0 – 54 %     E

NOTE:  Time frames for each topic may vary due to special events, snow days or unforeseen factors.

 

Together we can make this a successful and fun year … keeping in mind the reasons that we are here; to learn and grow as people.  

 

SOME SECRETS TO SUCCESS IN CLASS
BESIDES … DOING YOUR HOMEWORK, READING & STUDYING

  1. Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious breakfast.  

IT’S PROVEN TO WORK.

 

  2. Set up an healthy study, work, and sleep schedule 

Without relying on adults to do it for you.  TWO MORE YEARS AND YOUR IN THE REAL WORLD FOLKS.

   

  3. Always be polite.  

 JUST A MATTER OF RESPECT; FOR OTHERS AND YOURSELF.

   

  4. When the teacher is speaking to the class, listen attentively without side conversations. 

Keep a paper on your desk to jot down questions so you will remember them at the appropriate time.  IT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE …

   

  5. In whole class and team discussions:
    

         1. Think before speaking.
         2. Attack ideas, not people.
         3. Direct your comments to the entire group.
         4. Look at and listen to the recognized speaker. 
         5. Avoid side conversations – it ultimately becomes rude.

  

  6. Use the SLANT teacher pleasing behaviors in all classes. It works!

            S Sit up straight.
            L Lean forward.
            A Act interested.
            N Nod and smile occasionally
            T Track the teacher.

 

Want to Talk about it?
 

If at any time you feel you need to speak with me about something  please request an individual conference for before, after school or at lunch.