WORLD HISTORY (HONORS)
2011 / 2012
Welcome back! What follows is a course description along with a set of classroom
expectations and rules intended to make everyone’s life a whole lot easier. A clear
understanding between you and me on these matters will ensure a productive and
TEXT: WORLD HISTORY – CONNECTIONS TO TODAY / THE MODERN ERA
PHONE: (760) 787-4050
Students in grade nine/ten study major turning points that shaped the modern world,
from the late eighteenth century through the present, including the cause and course of
the two world wars. They trace the rise of democratic ideas and develop an
understanding of the historical roots of current world issues, especially as they pertain to
international relations. They extrapolate from the American experience that democratic
ideals are often achieved at a high price, remain vulnerable, and are not practiced
everywhere in the world. Students develop an understanding of current world issues and
relate them to their historical, geographical, political, economic, and cultural contexts.
Students consider multiple accounts of events in order to understand international
relations from a variety of perspectives.
All homework, assignments, tests, quizzes, and extra credit will have a point value.
Late work will be accepted for ½ credit. The following standards for grading will
90-100% = A
80-89% = B
70-79% = C
60-69% = D
59% and below = No credit
You are expected to bring a pencil, pen, paper, and three-ringed binder to
class everyday – NO EXCEPTIONS.
Attendance and participation is critical. Come to class regularly, be in your
seat when the bell rings, be prepared, and be ready to learn.
I have high behavioral expectations for my students. All of the activities
and class work demand that you work diligently. Anything to the contrary
means that you are disrupting not only your own learning process, but
others’ as well.
I believe in respect and responsibility. Treat yourself and your classmates
with respect, and be responsible for your own actions.
1. No food, drinks, or gum are permitted in the classroom. (water is O.K.)
2. Raise your hand before speaking or getting up from your seat.
3. Stay in your assigned seat until the bell rings.
4. Absolutely no cell phones or iPods. If you have your cell phone out, it will
be confiscated and given back to you at the end of the school day.
5. Respect yourself and your classmates.
*All policies regarding discipline, attendance, and tardiness as outlined in the
student handbook will unquestionably be followed as well.
CONSEQUENCES FOR POOR BEHAVIOR:
1. Verbal Warning
2. Call to Parents
3. Referral to Counselor
4. Referral to Vice Principal
*In most cases I will follow this order. However, I reserve the right to skip to
any subsequent steps if the behavior warrants.
When you are absent, make every effort to get caught up with the class. You
will be allotted the amount of time you were absent to make up the work.
Utilize BACE – it’s structured for your academic success, so take advantage of
I CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH THE FACT THAT THESE NUMEROUS
RULES AND EXPECTATIONS ARE NOT INTENDED TO MAKE YOUR LIFE
HARD. THEIR PURPOSE IS SIMPLY TO PROVIDE YOU WITH A CLEAR
IMAGE OF WHAT IT TAKES TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN MY CLASS.
(Please detach, sign, and return, as your child will receive credit for delivering
this syllabus to you)
My child, __________________________, and I have reviewed the syllabus and
classroom expectations for Mr. Welch’s World History class.
I understand that I can contact Mr. Welch by phone at the school or at
firstname.lastname@example.org if I have any questions.
Printed name ________________________ Signature ________________________
The best number to contact me is _____________________ home/work.
*In an effort to visually display historical events, a variety of videos will be
shown in class from time to time. Some of these will be PG and PG-13 rated
(never R). If you would NOT like your child to view these videos, please
indicate this by checking the box and an alternate assignment will be
No, I would not like my child to view these videos.