Course Description: This course fulfills the graduation requirement for history but does not meet the requirements for entrance into the University of California or California State University. The focus of this two-semester course is on the major turning points shaping the Modern World from the late 1700’s to the present. Students will learn important social study skills, the importance of citizenship, and make personal connections to history.

Textbook: Experiencing World History by Wayne King and Marcel Lewinski.

The textbook will be checked out during the first week of school. It is required to cover your book and write your name in the front cover. A store bought cover or paper bag is acceptable. The textbook will be used in class primarily and can be stored in a cabinet. Students will be required to take it home to complete homework on assigned days.

Materials Required:

A single subject notebook (200 pages) with pouches for handouts is required. A model will be provided in class. This notebook must be for history only. No multiple subject notebooks or thick binders accepted.

A writing instrument (pencil/pen) to be brought to class daily.

Construction Paper or Posterboard- for projects throughout the year.

Helpful but not required: colored pencils, highlighters, ruler, and dictionary.

Basic Class Rules

  1. Respect other people’s rights, person, and property.
  2. All DHS school rules apply and will be enforced.
  3. No eating, chewing, or drinking of anything but water in the classroom.
    (With the exception of cultural food days / special events.)
  4. Do your own work! Copying a neighbor’s paper or allowing someone to copy yours will equal an automatic F on the assignment for both of you.

Grading Policies: The class is divided into units with the point values for each assignment clearly labeled on the unit overview sheet handed out at the beginning of each unit. All points are counted as the same. The teacher will call you up individually on assigned dates and review/ grade your notebook.

Class assignments / Notebook: include reading and writing assignments, handouts, simulation games, class notes, group projects, and research. (50-100 points per unit)

Class participation: students have the ability to boost their grade by earning stars (class participation points) by raising their hands, waiting to be called on and giving an appropriate answer to questions. Students also can earn points by participating in review games. (Values vary depending on student)

Projects: individual and group assignments (80-100 points)

Unit Tests- (50-80 points per unit)

Grade Scale for Translating Points to Letter Grades

100-97 A+ 96-93 A 92-90 A-

89-87 B+ 86-83 B 82-80 B-

79-77 C+ 76-73 C 72-70 C-

69-67 D+ 66-63 D 62-60 D-

Below 60 F