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World History

Name: Joshua Cooper



This World History course is to enable students to examine, understand, and respond to not just historical events and dates, but creative efforts of individuals and societies; the focus of the course will be the connections to areas such as history, art architecture, philosophy, and religion from early civilizations to Post-modernism. Through the exploration of these periods and their works, the course develops critical thinking skills in both the verbal and written form of communication that is necessary in the extension of education.

The following are the learning outcomes expected upon completion of this course:

  • Understand history and the process of change over time

  • Develop the capacity to relate the past to the present

  • Become familiar with the world’s religions and how the religions shape ideas and movements

  • Gain an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of a society

  • Improve the ability to place current events within a historical context

  • Enhance your cartographic literacy

  • Become aware of the complexity of national and international events.


Glencoe: World History Spielvogel

Student Performance Evaluation

Per Quarter Semester

Unit Exams 1st Quarter Avg. 40%

Quizzes 2nd Quarter Avg. 40%

Group Presentations Semester Exam 20%

Ready 2 Learn

Online Materials

Current Events

Miscellaneous Projects

Class Guidelines

There will be no issuance of passes to the bathroom, soda/snack machine, or another teacher during my class; unless called out by the deans, office staff, or guidance, there is nothing more important than staying in my class learning.  Do not take this as cruel and unsympathetic; there is plenty of time in between classes to take care of all your personal business.  If a student decides to walk out of my class without permission, a referral will be issued documenting what was said and happened; the deans will handle all punishment as set forth by the Polk County Code of Conduct.

If previously informed all tests, quizzes, projects, and assignments missed will be made up and turned in on the day returned.  If not previously informed or assignment was given on day of absence, one additional day will be added for each day absent to have the assignment complete.  All make-up work is the student's responsibility and should be completed in a reasonable time frame.  (I’ll repeat this since some of confusion understanding this…it does not mean that within the last week before grades are due that a student come to me to make-up all work from the 9-weeks grading period.)  Students choosing to “miss" class to go to the Choice Room for the period a project or an assignment is due is still required to turn the assignment in that day.  In essence, make-up work is only for students who miss the school day...not the period.

Unit Exams

Each unit exam will comprise of a comprehensive multiple choice section in conjuncture with short answer prompts and some matching. The comprehensive portion of the exam will comprise of terms, timelines, readings, and lectures notes. Make-ups for unit exam will come only with pre-excused absence or an excused absence for the day of the exam.


Periodically throughout the unit, quizzes will be assigned on the readings and/or activities covered. It is each student’s responsibility to ensure all materials assigned is thoroughly read in preparation for a possible quiz. Any make-up quiz will not be the same quiz as the one taken in class; the difference in ease or difficulty of all make-up quizzes is at my discretion.

Group Presentations

Periodically there will be projects that require a small group of students to come together and research a given/chosen topic and present it to the class. As with all group assignments, the students will need to determine who will work on what aspect of the project on their own based on each member’s strengths. At times, one or two members of a group fail to accomplish their portion of the assignment, yet it is the entire group’s responsibility to ensure the presentation occurs or no grade will be given.

Ready 2 Learn

In each class setting there will be a question, picture, quote, etc. that will be presented to you as you come into the classroom. It will be your responsibility to write a brief response to these scenarios within your spiral notebook at the beginning of the class period. At times, there may be a short discussion that will follow.

Current Events

Each week a student (or students) will present a current event to the rest of the class that will pertain to what is currently happening in the rest of the world. This will be an individual assignment and there will be more information to come in the near future.

Miscellaneous Projects

Throughout the year, the students will be required to complete various other projects. These are not given a weighted percentage as they will be random and not be consistent with each unit. The point value of these miscellaneous assignments will be given as they are assigned. (It will be necessary for the student to purchase project items on their own; if assistance is needed, it is the student’s responsibility to get with me beforehand and not the day before or after the due date of the project.)

Course Outline

Note to student: This is just a guide. Each unit is given with its Unit Essential Question (UEQ) along with the individual Lesson Essential Question (LEQ). Due to field trips, pep rallies, seminars, etc. the units may be shuffled, skipped, or accelerated at my discretion as the year progresses.

1st 9-weeks

Ch. 1- Pre-History: Toward Civilization (Prehistory- 3000 BC)

UEQ- Where and how did humans first evolve? How did early humans adapt to their environment?

LEQ- How have archeologist, anthropologist, and historians helped us learn about the lives of different cultures throughout history and pre-history?

What is the difference between history and pre-history?

What religions, beliefs, and practices were developed by pre-historic humans?

What religions, beliefs, and practices were developed by pre-historic humans?

Ch. 2- Early Civilizations: Africa and Mesopotamia (3200 BC-500 BC)

UEQ- Why did early civilizations form around river valleys? What is a civilization? How did early civilizations interact culturally? What were the contributions given to society by early civilizations?

LEQ- What led to the formation of city-states?

How did Geography affect culture in the Fertile Crescent?

What was the first code of laws in early civilization?

What religions evolved from early civilizations?

How did geography affect culture in the Fertile Crescent?

Ch. 5/ Ch. 6- Classical Civilizations

UEQ- What legacies have Rome and Greece left behind? What characteristics of Rome and Greece led to classical success? What can all societies learn from the Rome and Greek cultures?

LEQ- How did geography affect the culture of the early Greek civilization?

What role did mythology play in the Greek culture?

How did geography influence the Greek city-states?

What does the Epic of Homer tell us about the Greeks?

How do the values, institutions, and lifestyles of Athens and Sparta contrast?

2nd 9-weeks

Ch. 8- Middle Ages: The Rise of Europe

UEQ-What contributions did religion and secular authority make in the building of kingdoms and empires? How did people's views on Christianity change during the Middle Ages?

LEQ- How did Germanic kingdoms gain power in the early Middle Ages?

How did Charlemagne briefly reunite much of western Europe?

What was feudalism? What was life like for nobles and peasants?

How did the Church and its monks and nuns shape medieval life?

How did the power of the Church grow?

How did new technologies spark an agriculture revolution?

Ch. 9- Middle Ages: The High Middle Ages

UEQ- What contributions did religion and secular authority make in the building of kingdoms and empires? How did people's views on Christianity change during the Middle Ages?

LEQ- What was the relationship like between the Holy Roman Empire and the Church?

What were the crusades? What were the effects of the crusades on Europe?

What were the Middle Ages contributions to the arts?

Ch. 14-Middle Ages: The Renaissance and Reformation

UEQ- What contributions did religion and secular authority make in the building of kingdoms and empires? How did people's views on Christianity change during the Middle Ages?

LEQ- What was the Renaissance and where did it begin?

What was “humanism” and how did it influence the culture?

Who were three geniuses of the Renaissance?

What themes and techniques did Renaissance artists and writers explore?

What effect did the Printing Revolution have on Europe?

What abuses in the church sparked wide-spread criticism?

Ch. 11- The Rise of Islam: The Muslim World

UEQ- How did Islam become a powerful empire? How has Islam changed since its beginnings? What influence did Islam have on the development of area cultures?

LEQ- How did Islam begin?

What are the teachings of Islam and how did it shape its believers?

How did Muhammad become the prophet of Islam?

What are the five pillars of Islam?

What distinct movements emerged in Islam?

What advances did Muslims make in centers of learning?

How did the Ottoman Empire expand?

What were characteristics of the Ottoman Empire?

2nd Semester

3rd Nine Weeks

Ch. 18- Western Civilization: The Enlightenment and the American Revolution

UEQ- What economic and cultural changes took place throughout the world after the Middle Ages? How did major geographical movement impact the world after the Middle Ages? How did cultures interact during new founded Western Civilization?

LEQ- What were social contracts and how did they affect the views of the government?

How did these views affect the economy?

How did the Enlightenment affect the arts and literature?

What influences spurred Britain’s rise to a global power?

What events led to an American revolution?

How did the new constitution reflect the ideas of the Enlightenment?

Ch. 19- Western Revolutions: The French Revolution and Napoleon

UEQ- What changes did France undergo through its various revolutions?

LEQ- What was the social structure of old regime?

What were some of the trouble France was experiencing?

Why did Louis XVI call the Estates General?

What reforms did the National Assembly enact?

Why did radicals abolish the monarchy?

What events led to Napoleon’s downfall?

Ch. 20- Western Revolutions: The Industrial Revolution Begins

UEQ- How did the Industrial Revolution alter the life in Britain?

LEQ- Why was the Industrial Revolution a turning point in world history?

How did an agriculture revolution contribute to population growth?

What new technologies helped trigger the Industrial Revolution?

Why was Britain the starting point for the Industrial Revolution?

What was laissez-faire economics?

Ch. 22- Western Revolutions: Life in the Industrial Age

UEQ- What impact did the spread of the Industrial Revolution have on Europe? The World?

LEQ-What industrial powers emerged in the 1800’s?

What impact did new technology have on industry, transportation, and communications?

How did big business emerge in the 1800’s?

How had cities changed by 1900?

How did working-class struggles lead to improved working conditions?

What were the theories of Charles Darwin?

What was realism? How did it impact the visual arts and culture?

4th 9-weeks

Ch. 27- 20th Century World Concepts: World War I and its Aftermath

UEQ- What events sparked WWI and what was the aftermath of the war?

LEQ- What was pacifism and how did it contrast to nationalism?

What were the cause and effects of the European Alliance System?

What event erupted the already growing tensions in the Balkans?

Why did the conflict between Austria-Hungary and Serbia widen?

What was the stalemate and how did it affect the war?

What is “total war” and was WWI a total war?

What events put America into WWI?

What were the costs of the war? (lives, financially, and politically)

What and where was the final declaration of peace?

Ch. 28-Western Revolutions: Revolution in Russia

UEQ- How did each revolution help to shape human society?

LEQ- What caused a revolution in Russia in March 1917?

Who were the Bolsheviks? How did the Communists defeat their opponents in Russia’s Civil War?

How did communism develop under Stalin?

How did Communism change Soviet society?

Ch. 31- 20th Century World Concepts: World War II and its Aftermath

UEQ- Have humans evolved or defeated human kind through past and present political and economic concepts?

LEQ-How did continuing German aggression lead Europe toward war?

What early gains allowed the Axis powers to control much of Europe?

What were the Battle of Britain and Operation Barbarossa?

How did Japan respond to growing American involvement?

How did the Germany and Japan treat people in occupied lands?

How did the Allies turn the tide of war?

How did the Red Army and the Allied invasion of France undo German plans?

How did the Allies Defeat Nazi Germany?

What debates surrounded the defeat of Japan?

Ch. 33- 20th Century World Concepts: The World since 1945: Europe/ North America

UEQ-Have humans evolved or defeated human kind through past and present political and economic concepts?

LEQ- What issues troubled Europe after the Cold War?

What social trends changed the West?

How did Britain’s policies change after WWII?

How did Germany reunify?

What actions has the U.S. taken as a global superpower?

Why did the Soviet Union collapse?

What problems has Russia faced since the fall of the Soviet Union?

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