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World History Syllabus

World History

Syllabus for World History 2020-2021

Course Instructor: LaDonna Hess,


World History Studies is a survey of the history of humankind. Due to the expanse of world history and the time limitations of the school year, this course will focus on essential concepts and skills that can be applied to various eras, events, and people. The major emphasis is on the study of significant people, events, and issues from the earliest times to the present. Traditional historical points of reference in world history are identified as students analyze important events and issues in western civilization as well as in civilizations in other parts of the world.


Timeline Framework for World History


1.  8000 BC-500 BC (Development of River Valley Civilizations)

2.  500 BC-AD 600 (Classical Era)Íž 600-1450 (Post-classical Era)

3.  1450-1750 (Connecting Hemispheres)

4.  1750-1914 (Age of Revolutions)

5.  1914-present (20th Century to the Present)


*Specific events and processes may transcend these chronological boundaries.


 Basic Concepts of World History


  1. Students will evaluate the causes and effects of political and economic imperialism and of major political revolutions since the 17th century.

  2. Students will examine the impact of geographic factors on major historical events and identify the historic origins of contemporary economic systems.

  3. Students will analyze the process by which constitutional governments evolved as well as the ideas from historic documents that influenced that process.

  4. Students will trace the historical development of important legal and political concepts. 

  5. Students will examine the history and impact of major religious and philosophical traditions.

  6. Students will analyze the connections between major developments in science and technology and the growth of industrial economies, and they use the process of historical inquiry to research, interpret, and use multiple sources of evidence.


 Methods for Accomplishing Objectives


  1. Lecture/notes 

  2. Discussion/Brainstorming

  3. Questions/Answers (worksheets/quick writes/warm ups/ etc…)

  4. Reading from the textbook and outside sources

  5. Audio visual sources

  6. Critical Thinking Exercises

  7. Current Events

  8. Class Project(s)


*The use of a variety of rich primary and secondary source material such as state papers, legal documents, charters, constitutions, biographies, autobiographies, speeches, letters, literature, music, art, and architecture is encouraged.


 Student Evaluation


A student’s nine weeks grade will be computed according to the following formula:


1.    Tests and Projects=60% of total grade average

2.    Observable Daily Work, Quizzes, Homework=40% of total grade average


Semester Notebook


A semester notebook is a requirement of this course. The semester notebook will include class notes, homework, daily assignments, quizzes, tests, handouts, and miscellaneous.




In order to complete this course successfully, you will be expected to: 


  • Complete the course requirements as outlined above

  •  Come to class prepared, all required assignments completed, and ready to participate in the discussions/exercises/events scheduled in class. 

  •   Good discussion doesn't happen when everyone agrees with each other and everyone thinks alike, it happens when different opinions are shared and discussed.  To this end, it is critical that everyone's opinion is respected.  AGREE to DISAGREE.

  •   Be attentive, undistracted, and keep your mind on what's going on in class!  It is disrespectful to the Instructor and the other students to be lax in behavior or language.

  •   Confidentiality: Respect the confidentiality of others and their contributions to class discussions, which may, at times, be somewhat sensitive.

  •   Be Punctual.

  •   Be Honest. This course, as with every other DISD course is graded and adheres to the student handbook and classroom guidelines.  Plagiarism, cheating or dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Absolutely No EXCEPTIONS!!!

  •   Take responsibility for your own learning. Exhibit a positive attitude towards learning. It is your education; please make the most of it!

  •   Cell phones and/or including ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES (i.e. Ipods, mp3 players, tablets etc…) ARE ONLY TO BE USED ON DESIGNATED DAYS/TIMES. These devices are only to be used for educational purposes during class.

  •   Grading points will be deducted for those who are consistently absent, late, do not participate, or do not conduct themselves as adults in class.  Persistent and severe problems will warrant notification of a parent(s), and the student may be referred to the appropriate administrator and/or be removed from class.


Items required daily: spiral notebook, and/or a composition notebook, or small binder dedicated only to this course, and a pen or pencil