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WORLD HISTORY SYLLABUS 1

Vallejo High School

WORLD HISTORY
with
Mr Gram-Reefer

2018-2019

SYLLABUS
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Welcome to 10th Grade World History at Vallejo High School. This is an exciting course that connects
Ancient Greece and Rome with Modern World History. We will focus on the 18th century through to
contemporary times, and provides students with a foundation for understanding U.S. history, government,
and economics in subsequent social studies courses in high school.
The World History course at Valle Joe High School:
• ! "Is a required course for a Vallejo High School diploma;

• ! "Satisfies California standards for 10th grade social studies;

• ! "Satisfies the UC/CSU “a-g” social studies requirement for 10th grade;
• ! "Guided by the new California Framework for History and Social Science

The World History course will allow students to better understand unresolved geopolitical problems
across the globe today, as well as appreciate rapid social changes sweeping the world in the modern era.
World History is a course in which every sophomore can and should be successful; however a minimal
level of consistent effort and self-discipline is required. Students who maintain a steady level of effort
throughout the semester tend to have an easier time than those who apply short bursts of intense, stress-
filled effort, trying to catch up prior to an exam.
CONTENTS AND PERIOD OF STUDY
The course is divided into seven time periods or units of study:


1) Foundations (review of ancient civilization through pre-modern);


2) 2) the Industrial Revolution (1750-1850);
3) 3) Imperialism (1850-1914);
4) 4) World War I (1914-1920);
5) 5) World War II (1920- 1945);
6) 6) the Cold War (1945-1991);
7) and Contemporary Times (1991 to present).
Rather than simply memorizing political chronologies, students will be taught to analyze, in writing and
discussion, the processes and causes affecting the stream of continuity and change during each period,
utilizing the techniques and resources of a professional historian. 

Textbooks.

THE MAIN TEXT FOR THIS COURSE


World History: The Modern World /2007 World Civilizations: The Global Experience, AP Edition (Miller) /2013


Voluminous, additional reading, primary sources, web resources, and age appropriate contemporary
commentary from a variety of sources will be assigned to students in class as needed throughout the year.
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HOMEWORK

Students will be frequently assigned readings from the textbook or other sources. Cornell- or T- notes (or
similar style notes) on these reading assignments are required, and will kept as a DIGITAL JOURNAL or
STUDEN BLOG that will be checked and graded periodically. Templates and instructions are provided at
the beginning of the school year.

Short reading, video, and written homework assignments will be frequently assigned, including over
weekends and occasionally over holidays. It is important to understand these and other assignments not
as standalone grunt work, but as preparation for classroom discussions, group work, and other activities.

All assignments are available on a student’s Google Classroom. It is the student’s responsibility to be
cognizant of all assignments and deadlines. All content lectures will also be available online (see
ATTENDANCE & REMOTE INSTRUCTION below).

NO LATE HOMEWORK

All homework is to be submitted by or on the due date. no exceptions—except for prior arrangement with
the instructor and parent approval in advance using the Code Blue form available in their Google
Classroom Resources page. Penalty for unexcused late work is a half grade. More than three late
submissions requires a parent conference. Projects for makeup work and extra credit must be arranged in
advance with the instructor and approval of parents or legal guardian.

CLASSWORK

A variety of instructional technology and teaching strategies will be used to ensure students are equally
able to access the course content and meet learning objectives. These will include direct instruction,
interactive Web instructional platforms (Nearpod), collaborative group projects, analysis of primary
source material, student production demonstrating skills using Google Slides, iMovie (or WeVideo) with
Green Screen, MyMaps, Comics, Oral debate and Podcasts, and FlipGrid and analytical techniques
including historical interpretative methodologies, including writing and small group discussion using
Google Docs, Blogger, Padlet, etc.

CLASS PARTICIPATION

A portion of the student’s grade will be based on participation in class activities

TESTS & QUIZZES

Students will be graded on their comprehension of the readings and classroom content presentations on a
regular basis. There will be four two unit exams, an end of 1st semester exam, and a year-end final exam.
There will also be three group projects culminating in (respectively) a slide presentation, a podcast, and a
movie. Each of these assessments will include individual written and oral summaries and reflections. A
number of formal and informal formative assessments will include online polls, Flippity and Kahoot,
Quizlet, and Quizizz.

ATTENDANCE & REMOTE INSTRUCTION

Missing a class or any portion of a class places a great burden on the student to make up work or notes
from that class. While some absences are unavoidable due to illness or family commitments.
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Every effort should be made to attend all classes in order to avoid falling behind and adding undue stress.

That said, as many of the “lecture” and other instruction will be provided using some Internet-based
presentation platform, these lessons will be available online. Students will be able to access these
lessons online either LIVE real-time at some remote location off campus (from home or during a family
trip) using the Internet; or, at a later time also remotely (from home or in the school cafeteria during
lunch) with Internet access. Printed slide decks are always available on request.

There is no reason for a any student to miss any instruction


or any assignment due to absence, travel, or illness.
It is the student’s responsibility to access any missed content presentation or assignments from their
Google Classroom or by contacting the instructor by email, or to reschedule missed tests immediately
upon his/her return. Failure to so in a timely manner will result in failing grades entered for any missed
work and late submission of homework.

STUDENT DIGITAL JOURNAL/BLOG


Students are required to maintain a a digital journal or blog. Templates, Instructions, Practice, and a
Rubric will be provided to enable students to keep and store class notes, collected forms and “handouts”
and assignments. Random, periodic checks will be made. The student’s Journal/Blog will be assessed and
become part of the overall student grade.
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GRADES
Grades will be assigned based on class participation, group collaboration and product, individual essays
and oral presentations, exam scores, quizzes (scheduled and “pop”), journal/blog checks, and class
discussion; weighted follows:
Exams, tests, quizzes: 20%
Group Collaboration & Products: 20%
Individual Essays & Oral presentations 20%
Class Participation: 20%
Journal/Blog: 20%
The World History course is divided into two individually credited semesters with a cumulative final
exam at the end of each semester.
Academic Honesty. Students at Vallejo High School are expected to maintain accepted standards for
personal integrity when it comes to submitting written work for a grade. Neither copying work nor
providing work to another student for the purpose of copying will be tolerated. Plagiarism will not be
tolerated in any form. Any instance of academic cheating, either with homework or tests, will result in
consequences as outlined by the AUSD disciplinary code, up to and including a failing grade for the
course.
COPYRIGHT, FAIR USE, & CITATIONS
All copyright laws must be observed. Students will be instructed on the Dos & Don’ts of Fair Use and
Copyright laws. All students will learn to use Easy Bib generate citations in the APA format. See this
presentation as an introduction

https://goo.gl/CsbeWz
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2018-19 World History Class Calendar

WEEK OF UNIT SUB-TOPIC AND TEXTBOOK SECTIONS CA STD


INTRO COURSE TOOLS & ROUTINES
1 20 Aug Place of Law & Motif A Problem Historical Method
2 27 Aug UNIT 1 Early Civilization 10.1
3 4 SEPT* Matter and Form Ancient Greece & Rome
4 10 SEPT Renaissance to Rationalism England, 1066-1800 10.2
5 17 SEPT Reading Enlightenment, Western Revolutions
6 24 SEPT Nature & Grace French Revolution & Napoleon
7 1 Oct UNIT REVIEW & EXAM
8 8 Oct UNIT 2 Industrial Revolution 10.3
9 15 Oct Industrial Revolution Post-Napoleonic Europe
10 22 Oct Reading Nationalism & Political Revolution in Europe
11 29 Oct Two Cultures Scientific & Medicine, 1800s;Romanticism & Realism
12 5 Nov GROUP PROJECT (Google Slides)
13 13 NOV* UNIT 3 Colonialism & Research 10.4
19 Nov THANKSGIVING BREAK
14 26 Nov Imperialism Southeast Asia & Africa Reviewed
15 3 Dec Reading India & Latin America
16 10 Dec China & Japan, 1800-1914
17 17 Dec SEMESTER REVIEW & EXAM
24 Dec WINTER BREAK
18 7 Jan UNIT 4 Causes of War & Political Situation 10.5
19 14 Jan WWI Course of War
20 22 JAN * Reading Russian Revolution; Treaty of Versailles 10.6
21 28 Jan Postwar Malaise Influenza Pandemic, 1918-19
22 4 Feb Nature & Freedom GROUP PROJECT (Podcast)
23 11 Feb Interlude Science, Industry, Finance, Culture
24 20 FEB ** UNIT 5 Middle East Nationalism, Armenian Genocide 10.7
25 25 Feb WWII Global Depression; Rise of Fascism
26 4 Mar Reading Invasion of China
27 11 Mar Course of War
28 18 Mar PSAT 10 Holocaust
25 Mar SPRING BREAK
29 8 APR* UNIT REVIEW & EXAM 10.8
30 15 Apr UNIT 6 Post War USSR 10.9
31 22 Apr Cold War Middle East
32 29 Apr China, Latin America, SE Asia, Middle East
33 6 May GROUP PROJECT (Movie)
34 13 May UNIT 7 Group Course Summary Project
35 20 May Contemporary World Globalization 10.1
36 28 MAY** Reading Conflicts in the Middle East; International Terrorism
37 3 Jun China & East Asia 10.11
38 10 Jun REVIEW & FINAL EXAM
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California 10th Grade Social Studies Content Standards At a Glance UNITS (Standards Targeted)

Foundations (10.1, 10.2) 6 wks



2. Industrial Revolution (10.3) 5 wks

3. Imperialism (10.4) 5 wks

4. World War I (10.5, 10.6) 5 wks

5. World War II (10.7, 10.8) 6 wks

6. Cold War (10.9) 4 wks

7. Contemporary World (10.10, 10.11) 5 wks

36 Weeks

10.1 Development of Western poli0cal thought through Socialism


Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy Judaism, and Chris0anity. Communism

Plato’s Republic William Blake
Aristotle’s Politics William Wordsworth
Judaism
 Charles Dickens
U.S. Cons0tu0on
10.4 New Imperialism
10.2 Compare and contrast of English Glorious Revolution in Africa, Southeast Asia, China, India,
American Revolution, and French Revolution. La0n America, and the Philippines (any two).
England’s Glorious Revolu0on American Revolu0on
 Social Darwinism Colonialism

French Revolu0on
 Sun Yat-sen
John Locke
Charles-Louis Montesquieu Jean-Jacques Rousseau Simon Bolivar
 10.5 Causes and course of World War I.
Thomas Jefferson Russian Revolu0on
James Madison
 Armenian Genocide
Magna Carta (1215)

English Bill of Rights (1689)
 10.6 Effects of World War I.

Declara0on of Independence (1776) Treaty of Versailles
French Declara0on of the Rights of Man and the Ci0zen (1789)
 Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points
U.S. Bill of Rights (1791)
 League of Na0ons

Pablo Picasso

Napoleon

Gertrude Stein
Congress of Vienna

Ernest Hemingway
Revolu0ons of 1848

10.7 Rise of totalitarian governments.


10.3 Industrial Revolution in England, France, Germany, Japan,
Russian Revolu0on
and the US.
Lenin

Industrializa0on in England
Stalin

Industrializa0on in France
Terror Famine in Ukraine Fascism

Industrializa0on in Germany
Communism
Industrializa0on in Japan
Industrializa0on in the US
10.8 Causes and consequences of World War II.
James Wa[
Rape of Nanking (1937)
Eli Whitney
 Stalin-Hitler Pact (1939) Appeasement Isola0onism

Henry Bessemer Winston Churchill Franklin Delano Roosevelt Emperor Hirohito
Louis Pasteur Adolf Hitler

Thomas Edison Benito Mussolini Joseph Stalin Douglas MacArthur Dwight
Utopianism
 Eisenhower Holocaust
Social Democracy
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10.9 Interna0onal developments following WWII. Yalta Pact SEATO



Nuclear weapons
 NATO

Cold War
 Organiza0on of American States
Truman Doctrine

Marshall Plan
 10.10 Contemporary na0on building in the
Korean War
 Middle East
Vietnam War
 Africa
Chinese Civil War
 Mexico
Mao Zedong
 La0n America,
Great Leap Forward Chinese Cultural Revolu0on Tiananmen China (any two).
Square uprising Polish uprising (1952) Hungarian uprising (1956)
Czech uprising (1968) 10.11 Globaliza0on
Israel
 of economics,
Soviet Union collapse
 informa0on technology,
Warsaw Pact
 and communica0ons. 


10th Grade Common Core Literacy Standards in History/Social Studies At a Glance Reading
Standards; Students will be able to:

• √ Correctly cite and analyze primary and secondary • √ Construct concluding statements to support a claim or
sources; 
 thesis, or summarize major points 

of a narrative; 

• √ Analyze event sequences with respect to cause and
effect; 
 • √ Construct a clear narrative of historical events; 


• √ Determine the meaning of subject matter terms by • √ Utilize relevant facts, definitions, terms, concrete
context; 
 details, and quotations appropriate to 

the targeted reader’s knowledge of the topic; 

• √ Effectively utilize text organization and structure
conventions; 
 • √ Match writing development, organization, and style as
appropriate to the task, purpose, 

• √ Compare points of view of multiple authors; 
 and audience. 


• √ Integrate quantitative analysis with qualitative; 
 • √ Develop and improve writing through revision and
editing processes; 

• √ Evaluate the effectiveness of evidence in supporting an
author’s argument; 
 • √ Utilize technology, including the Internet, to
dynamically publish and update writings; 

• √ Compare and contrast the treatment of the same topic in
multiple sources; 
 • √ Conduct research projects that synthesize multiple and
appropriate sources, effectively 

• √ Independently and proficiently read and comprehend integrating primary and secondary source material into the
th product text; 

10 grade level texts. 

Writing Standards 

• √ Effectively utilize evidence from informational text to
Students will be able to: 

support an idea; 

• √ Construct a clear claim or thesis; 

• √ Write routinely over extended as well as shorter time
frames for a range of purposes and audiences
• √ Construct effective transitions between ideas, including
between claims, reasons, 

CREDITS
evidence, and counter-claims; 

All images courtesy of PixaBay
• √ Maintain formal style and objective tone in keeping with
Syllabus adapted from Mr Weber of Dozier-Libbey Medical HS
historiographic conventions; 

Digital Integrity courtesy of EDT610 colleagues