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World History Essential Question:
How have cultures impacted the development of our global society today and what have been the over-
reaching impacts of interactions for the positive and negative benefits of society?
Themes & Essential Questions for World History:
1. Conflict: How has conflict impacted the interactions we have as a global society?
2. Colonialism: What have the consequences of global colonization been on regions of the World?
3. Imperialism: How have the imperialist pasts of countries shaped their present interactions with other countries?
4. Nationalism: How has Nationalism impacted the decisions cultures made in terms of their interactions with other
5. Human Rights: In what ways have the needs of humanity been improved or neglected through the development
of global society?
Learning Targets for the class:
1. Student examines and understand major ideas, eras, themes, developments, turning points, chronology, and
2. Student applies the methods of social science investigation to compare and contrast interpretations of historical
3. Student understand the origin and impact of ideas and technological developments on history and social change.
Unit Name and Essential Question Topics
Unit 1- How did the exploration and Ancient Civilizations (Aztecs and Mayans)
Latin and South colonization impact future Exploration and Colonial Period
America. (3 events in Latin and South Revolutions and Independence Movements
Weeks) American History. Modern Issues
Unit 2 – How has the Middle East Ancient Civilizations (Egyptians, Babylonians)
Middle East evolved to it current political Islam and Expansionist Period (Ottoman Empire)
and economic influence in the World Wars, Colonial Period, and Revolutionary Movements
(4 Weeks) World. Israeli/Muslim Conflict
Modern Issues (Iraq War, Iran, Terrorism)
Unit 3 – How have current problems in Tribal Empires of Africa
Africa Africa been caused by the Exploration and the Slave Trade
influence of imperial powers. Colonization and Revolutionary Movements
(2 Weeks) Modern Issues in Africa (Poverty, Civil War, Genocide, AIDS)
Unit 4 – How has the increasing Asian Ancient Civilizations (Focus on Japan, Korea, and China)
Asia influence on the world Impacts of religion (Hindu, Buddhism, Shinto, and Confucianism)
economy been shaped by their Exploration and Trade
(4 weeks) history. Colonization and Imperialism by foreign Powers
World Wars, Korean War, and Vietnam War
Modern Asia (Industrialization, Economics, Human Rights)
Unit 5 – How has Europe impacted the Ancient Civilizations (Greeks & Romans)
Europe world? How have they been Christianity, The Middles Ages and the Enlightenment.
impacted by other World Colonialism and Imperialism
cultures? World Wars
(4 weeks) Modern Europe (Economic, Political, changing Demographics)
Grading Scale: These are the percentages of grades but further explanation of the grading will be done once the
electronic gradebook has been set-up.
69% and Below F
Scoring Break Down: Each of these standards is going to be a category for your grades and 9% of your
grade for a total of 90%. So each assignment will be placed in one of these categories based on which
standard they meet. If an assignment meets multiple categories it will be graded on multiple categories.
For example, unit tests will meet most if not all of the standards and therefore you will have that grade in
all of the standard grade categories.
o 1.2 Understands the purposes, organization, and function of governments, laws, and political
o 2.2 Understands how economic systems function
o 2.4 Understands the economic issues and problems that all societies face.
o 3.2 Understands human interactions with the environment
o 4.1 Understands historical chronology
o 4.2 Understands and analyzes causal factors that have shaped major events in history
o 4.3 Understands that there are multiple perspectives and interpretations of historical events
Social Studies Skills
o 5.1 Uses critical reasoning skills to analyze and evaluate positions
o 5.2 Uses inquiry-based research
o 5.4 Creates a product that uses social studies content to support a thesis and presents the
product in an appropriate manner to a meaningful audience
CBA: Classroom Based Assessment- This is a research paper that is a requirement of the state of Washington.
This paper will be 10% of the student’s grade. It will be done on a revolution or conflict in World History.
More information on this assignment will be given later and posted on my website.
** Portfolio ** - Students will be required to maintain a portfolio for this class and will be factored into each
standard of their grade. This will be a collection of assignments, papers, and assessments that have been done
over the semester. This will be used to evaluate and show evidence of meeting the standards of the class over
the course of the semester. You must have the portfolio to pass the class. It is the students responsibility to
maintain this portfolio throughout the class.
Students are strongly encouraged to bring a 3-ringed binder and have subject dividers that will be
used just for World History.
What I expect from you as students
Be in your seat on time ready to learn
Bring materials to class everyday.
RESPECT!! Yourself, everything and everyone
EFFORT!!! Work hard and don’t quit (not everything is easy)
Respect the Technology!!!!!!! (in treatment and use)
Follow directions the first time
You are in school- Speak scholarly.
Observe the rules in the student hand book
I will enforce these rules no exceptions
Bring your handbook to each class, this will act as your hall pass and as a calendar for recording
assignment due dates.
Attendance/ Late Work Policy -
-If you have an absence on the day that an assessment or assignment is due you will have the same number
to complete the assignment.
-It is your responsibility to get the late work from me when you return from an absence.
-Remember!!!! You can’t learn if you are not in school. Your not graded down from being absent but it will affect your grade.
Cell Phone Policy-
-Turn them off!!!!!
-There not out!!!!!
-Don’t even think about texting!!!!
-The entire class gets one warning/ slip-up….after that I take the phone/battery and you pick it up after
school from the SGLE office.
-There will be occasions where I will allow you to use a cell phone with my permission, (ex. To look up a
definition of a word) but should you abuse this privilege use of them as a resource will not be allowed.
MP3 Players: I allow you to listen to music with my permission. If I or any other student is presenting or
lecturing, they are not to be out or seen (including headphones). They are allowed to be used during
independent work time. This means if you are working on a Group assignment they are not allowed
because you need to be able to communicate with your group. Remember the use
-KNOW THAT YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE TO ANY ELECTRONIC DEVICES YOU BRING TO
SCHOOL. The Federal Way School District is in no way liable for any damage or replacement of stolen
property. You them at your own risk.
Technology: With my class there will be a lot of technology used and therefore students must have the
FWSD’s Acceptable Use Policy form.
I have a website that will have Powerpoint notes, assignments, class calendars, and other important
information. If you know you will be absent that will be the best place to check what is happening. The
address is at the top of the page.
Movies in Class (More movies will be added to this list but I will send but a permission slip will be sent
home for permission to show them):
The Dark Ages: This is a History Channel DVD that discusses life in the Middle Ages.
The French Revolution: This is a History Channel DVD that discusses the causes and repercussions of the French Revolution.
In Memory of the Camps: This is a PBS Documentary from the show Frontline. It is a film that shows the aftermath of Nazi
Concentration Camps following their liberation by Allied Forces in WWII.
Russia: Land of the Tsars: This looks at the history of Russia and it’s monarchy through the succession of Tsars.
Last Stand of the 300: This looks at the culture of the Ancient Greeks through the analysis of several of the battles of the Persian
All Quiet on the Western Front: This is the Oscar award winning film based on the Novel about trench warfare during WWI.
Hotel Rwanda: This is an Oscar nominated film about the Genocide in Rwanda during the mid-1990’s.
The Devil Came on Horseback: This is an award-winning documentary about the current Genocide in the Darfur region of
Invisible Children: This is a documentary about the crisis facing children in Uganda and how they are being kidnapped and forced
to fight in a rebel army.
The Glory of Korea, The Glory of the World: This is a look at Korean Art, Architecture, and Culture.
Nanking: This is a documentary that looks at the Japanese occupation of China and the capital city of Nanking during WWII.
Students: I have read this syllabus and understand the grading policies and expectations. This is also the permission slip to watch the
above mentioned movies in class
Print name _______________________________ Sign name_____________________________
Parent(s)/ Guardian(s): I have gone over this syllabus with my student and understand the grading policies.
Print name(s)______________________________ Sign name(s)____________________________
(Please let me know which of these is the best way to get in contact with you. However, please fill out all of them.)
Home phone # __________________________ Best Hours to reach you? :_________________________
Work phone # _______________________ e-mail address______________________________________
Parents: if you have any questions or concerns about the syllabus or about your student, please get in contact with me. The best way to
get a hold of me is to e-mail me your concerns.
Thanks, Nick Birklid.