Modern World History
Mrs. Ann Weeks
Textbooks: Shifting Sands: Balancing U. S. Interests in the Middle East
Russia’s Transformation: Challenges to U. S. Policy
China on the World Stage: Weighing the Response
Responding to Terrorism: Challenges to Democracy
1. The Arab-Israeli Conflict: You will work with the University of Michigan’s
Interactive Communication Simulation for the Arab-Israeli Conflict. This
program is subscribed to by Holy Name for you. It will enable you to research
background material on the AIC in preparation for the role-playing activity that
begins on October 3, 2011.
2. Russia’s Transformation: You will study 20th century USSR, and the transition to
democracy and capitalism beginning in 1989.
3. The China Century: You will study changes in Chinese history during the last
century, leading up to the current relationship between the United States and
4. The War on Terror: You will research terrorism in the 20th century, and focus on
challenges to democracy in the post-911 era.
5. All topics will include the use of primary source materials, analysis of political
cartoons, map study, and problem-solving activities.
Based on the National Council of Social Studies thematic strands, students will work to
accomplish the following in their study of history:
1. Study culture and cultural diversity.
2. Study the ways human beings view themselves in and over time as they examine
social issues, and a variety of perspectives.
3. Study people, places, & environments, as they examine the impact of geography
on human behavior, and significant domestic and international issues.
4. Study individual development and identity as they examine the individual’s
relationship to various groups, such as families, communities, schools, and
5. Study of interactions among individuals, groups, and institutions as they examine
the interaction of people in social and political institutions.
6. Study how people create and change structures of power, authority, and
governments, as they examine various forms of government and the individual’s
and the community’s relationship with government.
7. Study how people organize for the production, distribution, and consumption of
goods and services, as they examine economic systems and the impact of each on
such issues as health care, use of resources, unemployment, and trade.
8. Study relationships among science, technology, and society, as they examine the
impact of technology on economic, military, social, and moral issues throughout
9. Study global connections and interdependence, as they examine global decisions
affecting peace, human rights, trade, and global ecology.
10. Study ideals, principles, and practices of citizenship in a democratic republic as
they examine the role of the citizen in society.
There are THREE BASIC RULES that all students are expected to follow:
Students who follow these rules will be in compliance with the rules and policies set forth
in the Holy Name Handbook. Students who choose not to follow these rules, will be kept
for detention. If there are repeated offenses, parents will be called, and students will
receive a referral.
1. Promptness: Do not be late. Be in your seat, in uniform at the bell, unless you
have a legitimate excuse to be tardy. Students who are tardy will receive an
infraction. Three tardy violations will result in a detention.
2. Preparedness: Students are expected to bring the following to class:
Three-ring binder with dividers
Pens, blue or black for tests
Always give your best effort on all class activities and assignments. They are
opportunities to learn, achieve and grow. Take advantage of them.
3. Politeness: Remember that I want you to do well. I want you to succeed as a
student and as a person here at Holy Name. This is a time of growth and learning
for you to reach your full potential.
4. Student Work:
You will have three days to make up tests and quizzes due to absences. If
you have had an extended absence, you will be given additional time to
make up tests in accordance with time out of school due to illness. Each
day beyond three will result in the loss of ten points per day.
Projects and research papers will be assigned in each quarter. Late work
will be penalized 10 points per day. Projects that are handed in early will
be given 10 bonus points.
Homework: Homework will be due on the assigned date. Late homework
will not be accepted unless a student has been absent. If you who are
absent you can check Mrs. Weeks’ homework page on the Social Studies
web page. When you return to school, place your homework in the
homework folder designated for your class.
Summer Reading Test: You are required to read War in the Middle East:
A Reporter’s Story, by Wilborn Hampton. You will take a test on the
Summer Reading selection on Wednesday, September 21, 2011.
Academic Honesty: Students are expected to follow the guidelines
outlined in the Holy Name Handbook. Work that is plagiarized or copied
will count as a zero. The most important rule is: “Thou shalt not cut and
paste your research papers!”
Responsibility: If you cut class or skip school, you will not be allowed to
make up missing work for that day.
5. AIC Teams: During the first quarter, we will involved in the Arab-Israeli
Conflict, part of the University of Michigan Interactive Communication
Simulation. You will be assigned to a team, representing a leader of a
nation in the AIC. It will be your responsibility to learn in detail the
background of your nation, and its role in the AIC. You have a
responsibility to work closely with team members in order to create
realistic and effective policies. Be a strong team player!
6. Grading Policy: Grades will be computed in the following way:
a. Tests, projects and research papers will count for 50% of the quarter
b. Quizzes will count for 25% of the quarter grade.
c. Homework and class participation will count for 25% of the quarter grade.
Homework will be written on the board in class, and posted on the Social
d. Studies Web Page at holyname.net.
7. Computer Room Rules
The Modern World History class will meet in the Computer Room. It is a privilege to
be able to have access to a computer class on a daily basis. You are expected to follow
these guidelines when using a computer:
Use only the University of Michigan website, or one assigned by Mrs. Weeks.
Answer the “Do Now” activity at the start of class by using approved websites.
Do not check personal email in class.
Do not check daily news unless it is a part of the day’s agenda.
Do not access sites for prom dresses, sports pools, or other inappropriate sites.
Create a folder for all MWH work.
Follow all directions to access on line activities. You will find these in the AIC
Manual on the University of Michigan website.
Keep all handouts and notes in a three-ring binder.
Keep a daily log of sites used and work that is completed.
Document all work with specific website information.
Work closely with members of your team in the decision-making process.
As a member of a team, your work will be graded on an individual basis, as well
as, on a team basis. Be sure to keep up with all assignments, and communicate
with all team members.
It is important that all messages that you and your team write be approved by me
before you send them. All messages should be appropriate and should include no
slang or other inappropriate language. Messages that you send will be read by
dozens of other students from around the country who are participating the AIC,
as well as, the University of Michigan professors and graduate students who run
If you have any questions about the AIC/ICS activity, or any other topic, feel free
to ask me in class. At the end of class, I will be moving quickly to Room 209, so
I will not have time to talk at length. My home room is Room 209. You can see
me there before school in the morning, or between 1:50 and 2:30 in the afternoon.
8. Communication: Parents/Guardians who have questions or concerns can reach
me at 508-753-6371, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents/Guardians and Students, please sign below as an indication that you have read
the Course Description and Classroom Policy, and that you will comply with each.
Signatures must be brought to class by Friday, September 16, 2011
I understand all that is required in World Geography and will work to the best of my ability to meet
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