World History: Human Legacy - Mr. Cawthon - home

Mr. Kenneth Cawthon
Be Prepared: Come to class with notebook and pencil/pen and with all assignments
completed. Make sure you have completed the reading assignment for the topic we are discussing.
Be On Time: Do not come to class late if at all possible, and if you are late or absent bring a note
from the appropriate person.
Be Honest: No cheating or copying another student’s work.
Occasionally, we will have discussions about key historical events and people. Many of our
talks will be based on individual opinion. Therefore, it is necessary that we show each
other the highest level of consideration and respect. Derogatory statements, criticism, and
ridicule will not be tolerated. You are all to behave as responsible young adults.
I expect everyone to be both active listeners and participants in the classroom. When
students are engaged in their tasks as well as ask questions and participate in discussions, a
productive and stimulating learning environment is created.
Be Focused: Come to class prepared to work on World History, do not work on other class work in
class or sleep. Part of the class depends on you sharing your ideas and opinions with the class. There
is no such thing as a dumb question!
Consequences for Breaking Classroom Rules
1. Verbal Warning
Student will receive a verbal warning from teacher.
2. Minutes
If conduct persists then student will be assigned minutes to be
completed before and after school or during lunch.
3. Call Home or Email / teacher discretion on removing from
If conduct continues after verbal warning and minutes then
teacher will communicate with a parent or guardian. Teacher’s
discretion on having student removed from classroom.
 If student remains in classroom
Communication home with parent or guardian
 If Removed from Classroom
Communication home with parent or guardian and the
schools conduct procedure will be followed. Teacher will
schedule parent/teacher conference with
student and
parent to discuss conduct during class.
Notebook Assignment:
Each student is expected to keep an African American Studies notebook and bring it to class every day. It will be
checked several times during the semester for a test grade. Specific notes from lectures and other relevant
Instructional resources will be included in the notebook. You will be expected to keep your notebook dated and in
chronological order. Your notebook must be a three-ring loose-leaf binder with SIX dividers labeled in the
following order:
Warm Ups
Your notebook grade with count as a major test grade and it must be in the above form not one of
your own choosing.
Honor Code: The Honor Code must be signed and be the first page of your notebook. Violators
will receive a failing grade on your notebook.
The second page of your notebook should be your class syllabus.
Occasionally, I also give “open notebook” quizzes and tests based on both class assignments and
homework. Therefore, it is in your best interest to keep your notes in order. A well-organized
notebook will contribute to your success in this class
Students will analyze their historical heritage and its relationship to political, social, and ethical
issues of our day. Students will develop critical thinking skills using problem solving techniques
while extending their knowledge to analyze and evaluate the different historical genres. In
addition, students will develop a marking period project using a variety of creative and written
In this class you will be challenged with readings and writings and should gain tremendous
insight into the complexity and the struggle of the human race. I do not believe that history
should be white washed rather it should be shown in its entirety, the good, the bad and the
ugly. If we do not learn from the past then we are doomed to repeat it.
 Artifacts
 Archeology
 Anthropology
 Primary Sources
 Oral History
 Music
 Art
 Secondary Sources
 In this class we look at all of these sources to broaden your
understanding of World History.
In 1976, two days preceding a scheduled free concert entitled “Smile Jamaica” that Marley and the
then Jamaican PM Michael Manley had organized in the run up to the general election. Bob Marley,
wife Rita and manager Don Taylor, were shot at their 56 Hope Road home, located just across the
road from the what is now the Bob Marley Museum.
It is generally believed that this shooting was politically motivated. Jamaican politics being in a very
volatile state at the time, especially when close to elections time as it was then.
The concert was seen as a conscious move by the reggae artist in support of the then prime minister of
Jamaica, Michael Manley. It is widely held that the attack was executed by fervent supporters of the
opposition and highly conservative political party of Jamaica, the Jamaica Labour Party. However,
there is little evidence to support this.
Although there have been many rumors as to “who done it” the police never caught the gunmen.
It is suggested that Bob speaks to detractors who accused him of running away from reality by leaving
Jamaica. Bob Marley speaks about the attack and states in a very poetic and biblically based (some of
the lines can be found in Proverbs 25:24) philosophical way the reason for his flight from Jamaica in
the song Running Away …
I’ve got to protect my life
And I don’t want to live with no strife
It is better to live on the housetop
Than to live in a house full of confusion
So I made my decision and I left you
And now you’re coming to tell me
I’m running away
Day 2: Time
Essay Basics
How to write an essay
What is an essay?
What is a history paper? A history paper is an essay. As such, it shares many
characteristics with essays on other topics. Essays come in various shapes and sizes, and no two
of them are alike. Each, though, expresses an opinion. A piece of writing merely describing
something or explaining how something works is not an essay. An essay always conveys its
writer’s viewpoint or argument. In an essay, a writer never simply explains or describes.
Instead, he or she makes an argument, and provides a reasoned array of evidence to back up
their opinions.
The introduction acquaints the reader with the topic. Its purpose is to get the readers' attention and make
them want to read the essay. For this reason, you should try to make your introduction interesting, engaging, and
original. As a writer, you indicate the point you will make about your topic in a thesis. The thesis can be either
stated or implied. In either form, it should clearly and specifically convey your point, and it should do so early on
in the essay.
The purpose of a body paragraph is to develop and prove the thesis. Each body paragraph should make
just one point that clearly develops and supports the thesis. In the same way that you have a thesis to indicate the
point of the essay, you should have a topic sentence for each body paragraph. The topic sentence states the point of
the paragraph, and all of the other sentences should support, develop, and explain that point.
Each body paragraph should be unified independently. That is, it should make sense by itself and be able to
stand alone. However, it is just one piece of the essay, and it is up to you, as the author, to connect the body
paragraphs together and relate them to the thesis.You do this by referencing key words or ideas from the
thesis and using transitional words and phrases.
The purpose of the conclusion is to bring the essay to a satisfying close. You should avoid bringing up a
new point in your conclusion and you should avoid lengthy and excessive summary. The most
successful conclusions are thoughtful and reflective. After having presented your topic and proven your thesis, you
want to be able to make an overarching statement based on that information.
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