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Mrs. Gac’s Classroom Expectations: World History


This class is an elective. You are choosing to be here, and therefore should want to participate and learn.

¨ You must bring your textbook, paper, and a writing utensil every day. Bring a pencil to all exams.

¨ All assignments must be typed or written on loose leaf paper—no spiral paper will be accepted.

¨ Homework is an important part of the learning experience. It helps review material learned, prepare for class discussions, and teaches responsibility. You will not have a homework assignment every day; however the assignments I do give are important and will adversely affect your grade if you choose not to complete them.

¨ All examinations will be a combination of objective and essay questions. It is important for students to be able to argue and defend a thesis and this skill will be emphasized throughout the course.

¨ Copied or plagiarized homework or exams will result in a zero for all individuals involved. “We worked together” is not a valid excuse.

¨ We will have many class discussions and debates, and my examinations are always based on material covered in class. It is very important that you are in class every day. Many of the activities and discussions we will have in class can not be duplicated by reading your textbook and it will be difficult to keep up with the class if you are frequently absent. Daily attendance, contribution, and participation are necessary for successful completion of this course.

¨ YOU are responsible for finding out what you missed in class. Please ask another student for their class notes, or email me and I can send any Powerpoint slides missed. Classroom policy on makeup work: 1 day for each day absent.

¨ Late assignments will be accepted with a grade reduction up to 5 school days late. Rarely do I give assignments that are due the next day, so you need to be responsible for keeping track of due dates and being organized.

¨ Absence on a review day before an exam does NOT excuse you from that exam or quiz on test day. If you are absent on an exam day or quiz day, you must make it up in the testing center (located in the library) on the day you return.

¨ To take a test retake, students must correctly complete a remediation packet for the unit to demonstrate preparation. Only students who have turned in all the homework for that unit will be eligible to retake an exam.

¨ Grade Calculations First Semester: 80% Semester Coursework (Which is calculated by 70% Exams, 15% Quizzes/ Projects, 10% HW, 5% Vocabulary) and 20% Final Exam

Please be aware of the BHS grading policy. 100% of all summative assessments (Exams, essays, quizzes, projects), as well as a minimum of 60% of all other work must be completed to be allowed to take the final exam. In addition, Students who do not take the final exam are given an incomplete, which converts to a failing grade after ten days if the final is not made up.

Grading Scale: 4= A (Mastery); 3=B (Proficient); 2=C (Basic); 1=D (Below Basic); 0= No evidence

As the department, school, and district move toward full implementation of Standards Based Grading, policy revision may be required.
Any changes in policy will be communicated via letter and/o Infinite Campus message.

If at any time you need assistance, please ask!

World History Course Outline

First Quarter
I. Early Civilizations
II. China and India
III. Greece and Rome
Second Quarter
IV. Middle Ages
V. The Muslim World
VI. The Americas, Africa, and Asia
First Semester Final Exam Chapters 1-9
Third Quarter
I. Renaissance and Reformation
II. Global Age
III. Enlightenment and French Revolution
IV. Industrial Revolution
Fourth Quarter
V. Life in the Industrial Age
VI. Nationalism in Europe, Imperialism
VII. World War I
VIII. Russian Revolution
IX. To be determined. . . . . .