Mission Statement

Students at Skyline are emerging as members of their local, national, and global communities. The Humanities Department will collaborate to encourage curiosity, critical thinking, and communication skills as students explore the world’s cultures and become competent citizens.

Dear Students and Parents:

Welcome to Freshman Humanities!  We are excited to start the new school year with you as we begin our exploration of cultures and regions around the world.  Each unit is designed around assessments developed to meet state standards and “essential questions.” The themed units track the scope and sequence laid out by state and district curriculum guidelines.

Reading Material

(Texts may include but are not limited to the following)

World Cultures Units of Study


§  World Cultures and Geography

§  Primary sources, articles, short stories and other literature provided in class

§  Things Fall Apart- Chinua Achebe

§  Haroun and the Sea of Stories- Salman Rushdie

§  The Alchemist- Paulo Coehlo

§  Romeo and Juliet- William Shakespeare

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Africa
  • Latin America
  • India
  • Asia
  • Middle East
  • United Nations


Required Class Materials (the following materials will be necessary for participation in class every day): class binder, college ruled paper, pencils, Skyline planner, and pens.


Class Expectations

Attendance Policy:  The district policy will be followed. Regular attendance is extremely important because in-class writing, lecture, discussion, and collaborative work are essential aspects of the course.  It is the student’s responsibility to identify and make-up missed notes and assignments immediately and to meet posted due dates for major projects and tests. 


Pre-arranged Absences:  A student with a pre-arranged absence must receive assignments in advance and keep current with all aspects of the class.  Students may be asked to submit announced long-term assignments before their absence.


Late Work Policy:  As a general rule, no late homework is accepted except with prior notification.  Unless otherwise noted, assignments are due at the beginning of the period.  Printer/ technology issues must be resolved before the start of class or the assignment will be considered late.

Homework:  There will typically be 45-60 minutes of homework each night for Humanities (both LA/SS).  If you arrive unprepared, you may lose the privilege to participate in classroom discussions. In order to ensure that you have evidence of your work, you should back-up all major assignments in order to avoid disputes over missing work. You must keep drafts of all major assignments.

Responsible Scholarship:  The presence, curiosity, integrity, and cooperation of all students are important to the success of everyone in the class.  Apart from curriculum requirements, we will be concentrating on developing quality in assignments and not just quantity. Emphasis on higher level thinking skills, such as synthesis, application and analysis will be taught and encouraged.
Academic Honesty: Honesty in all work is expected at all times. You are expected to cite ideas and phrases that are not your own. Plagiarism or any other form of cheating (see below) is a serious offense and will result in a 0 for the assignment.  Subsequent offenses will continue to follow school procedure outlined in your student handbook.

·  Plagiarizing or submitting any part of another person’s work as representing ones’ own scholarship

·  Distribution/sharing of class assignments or test information in either written or verbal form to another student without teacher permission

·  Unauthorized Collaboration – working with others without the specific permission of the instructor on assignments that will be submitted for an individual’s grade.   This applies to in-class or take-home assignments/homework, projects, tests, or labs.

·  Collusion – supporting the lack of integrity/honesty by another student, as in allowing one’s work to be copied or submitted for assessment by another.  Collusion also includes the use or sharing of identical or highly similar passages of one’s own work, or the work of another, unless specifically authorized by the teacher. 

·  Technology Malpractice – any misuse or abuse of private or public technology in relation to grades or in acquiring an academic advantage, including infractions of the school technology user agreement, language translation websites, cell phone messaging or picture transmission.  

Grading Categories for 9th grade Humanities

Culminating                                                                          45%

Process Work                                                                      35%     

Work Ethic                                                                           10%                     

Semester Final                                                                     10%

Grading Scale

A      93-100     A

B+      87-89  B+

C+      77-79  C+  

D+     67-69        D+

A-     90-92      A-

B        83-86  B

C        73-76  C

D        60-66        D


B-       80-82  B-

C-      70-72   C-

F        0-59          F


Printing Policy

Students are able to print to a number of laser printers. Skyline recognizes the need for student printing, but limited resources also require that we put limits on student printing. Students are encouraged to be conservative users of computer printers.

 Students are expected to follow these printing guidelines:

 1. Student printing will not exceed 30 pages per month. This is expected to provide one copy of student work and materials accessed electronically for research purposes.

 2. Documents that are posted to teacher websites are expected to be accessed at home and printed at home for student use.

 3. When multiple copies of an assignment or class handout are required, the student is expected to photocopy those items. This can be done at school for $.10/copy, or for a lower price at a commercial service.

If you have questions about any aspect of the course, we would like to hear from you.  Email is an excellent way to communicate to ensure the quickest response.  Also, if you have any experience or knowledge that you feel would aid us in our study of world cultures, please let us know.

Sarah Rainwater- Social Studies                                    

Classroom Phone:  425-837-7811          

If you need to contact us by phone, the best times to call are before or after school, or during our prep period.