Modern World History Ms. Andrews-Salmond 2014-2015 WELCOME to Modern World History. The year-long course fulfills state and district graduation requirements and earns one credit. Our main focus of study will be political, economic, and cultural World history from Big Era 6[the 1400s] to the present. Students will use a variety of primary and secondary sources—documents, artifacts, films, and literature—to explore events, individuals, and struggles that defined our modern world. Contact information: Ms. Andrews-Salmond—room 137; 206-631-6675; [email protected] Much coursework comes from the World History for Us All curriculum which uses a thematic Big History approach to studying history. Three main themes we will return to are: Humans and the Environment: How has the changing relationship between human beings and the physical and natural environment affected human life from early times to the present? Human beings are inhabitants of the biosphere and their history is inseparable from it. This is as true today as it was 200,000 years ago. Humans and Other Humans: Why have relations among humans become so complex since early times? We live in a world of intense, complicated, and diverse relationships among billions of people. Throughout most of its history our species has lived in small, scattered communities of foragers and hunters. Questions about the ways in which humans have multiplied on the earth and come to relate to one another in such a variety of ways are fundamental to historical investigation. Humans and Ideas: How have human views of the world, nature, and the cosmos changed? History is not only the study of "what happened" but also about the ways in which humans have thought about, questioned, interpreted, and represented (in words, pictures, movies, and so on) what their senses tell them about the world and the universe. Ideas influence historical developments and, conversely, events shape ideas as humans strive to make sense of change. Quarter 1 – Semester 1 Big Era 6: The Great Global Convergence, 1400-1800 Assessment: Research Project Quarter 3 – Semester 2 Big Era 8: A Half Century of Crisis, 1900-1950 Assessment: Causes of Conflict CBA Quarter 2 – Semester 1 Big Era 7: Industrialization and its Consequences, 1750-1914 Assessment: CBA or Research Project Quarter 4 – Semester 2 Big Era 9: Paradoxes of Global Acceleration, 1945Present Assessment: Research Project Expectations If I don’t do it, then you don’t do it (the one big class rule) – which means: Respect my right to teach and the rights of others to learn. Come to class prepared to think and work. Supplies A spiral notebook or composition notebook for this class only. Pens and pencils. A highlighter. A flash drive/USB drive. A planner (HHS provides one) Grading: Students MUST earn a passing grade on quarter projects and the CBA (classroom-based assessment) to earn credit in the class. A passing grade includes meeting Common Core Standards. Students who attempt but fail to pass these projects will be given opportunities to revise and improve. No credit will be given without completion of these major projects. Due dates for in-class assignments, tests, and homework will be posted. Late assignments will be accepted WITH A LOWERED GRADE at the teachers’ discretion. Homework counts as 10% of the grade and is an expectation in order to complete major projects and prepare for discussion and tests. Students who have an excused absence on a test day must make up the test after school on the day of return or by agreement with the teacher. A B C D F = = = = = 90 – 100% Standards have been met 80 – 89% Standards have been met 70 – 79% Standards have been met 60 – 69% Most standards have been met; all projects in Standards have not been met; insufficient work to determine __________________________________________________________________________________ Please sign this Modern World History 2014-2015 syllabus, and return to Ms.AndrewsSalmond. _________________________________________________________________________________ Student Name Printed Student Signature Date __________________________________________________________________________________ Parent/Guardian Signature Contact phone & email The best way to contact me is _________________________________________________________.