17 November 2009|
World History Syllabus
The Seventh-day Adventist Church recognizes God as the ultimate source of existence and truth. In the beginning, God created in His image a perfect humanity, a perfection later marred by sin. Through Christ and His Spirit, God determined to restore humanity from its lost state. Through the Bible, He has revealed His will to the world, a revelation that supersedes human reason. Through His Church on earth, He seeks the lost for His kingdom. The basic tenets of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, as well as the inspired writing of Ellen White, are directed toward God’s restorative plan for fallen humanity. Adventist education seeks to nurture thinkers rather than mere reflectors of others’ thoughts; loving service rather than selfish ambition; maximum development of one’s potential; and an appreciation for all that is beautiful, true, and good. In Adventist education, homes, schools, and churches cooperate together with divine agencies in preparing learners for citizenship here on this earth and in the New Earth to come.
In World History the students will be pointed to God as the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, seeing the guiding hand of God in history, studying the unique Adventist perspective of the Great Controversy, and teaching the brotherhood of all mankind. It will prepare students to think critically and make informed decisions as citizens in a multicultural society and interdependent world. It will prepare students for service in this world and citizenship in the world to come. The curriculum includes the teaching of values. The values of personal and corporate integrity, honesty, ethics, morality, and responsibility derive from individual belief systems that affect the way we behave both privately and publicly. Freedom, justice, respect, tolerance, and patriotism are values that affect the way in which individuals and groups interact.
“We need to study the working out of God’s purpose in the revelation of things to come, that we may estimate at their true value things seen and things unseen; that we may learn what is the true aim of life; that, viewing the things of time in the light of eternity, we may put them to their truest and noblest use. Thus, learning here the principles of His kingdom and becoming its students and citizens, we may be prepared at His coming to enter with Him into its possession… Of no study is this true to a greater degree than of history. Let it be considered from the divine point of view.” (Education, 238)
While historical events are unique, they often are driven by similar, repeated forces. In telling the history of our world, we will pay special attention to eight significant and recurring themes. These themes are presented to show that from America, to Africa, to Asia, people are more alike than they realize. Throughout history humans have confronted similar obstacles, have struggled to achieve similar goals, and continually have strived to better themselves and the world around them. The eight themes are power and authority, religious and ethical systems, revolution, interaction with environment, economics, cultural interaction, empire building, and science and technology.
Students will be expected to successfully complete the following assignments: vocabulary quizzes, short essays, chapter and unit exams, and a Power Point research presentation each semester on the subject of their choice. In addition, students will be expected to complete some outside readings on a variety of topics, and participate in classroom discussions.
Assignments are due on the dater requested except in case of illness or other valid reasons. Late papers will receive half credit for a week after they were due. After that they have no grade value.
For every tardy after the third tardy in a class, the student will lose 2% of their overall quarter grade for that particular class (every quarter gives the student three excused tardies in each class).
All of the rules and policies in the student handbook will be followed in this class.
The class grade average is calculated on the total point value in each area and will be based on the following categories:
40% Chapter and Unit Exams
20% Quizzes and Essays
10% Class Participation
10% Outside Reading/Power Point Presentation
A 91.50% and up C 71.5 – 77.49%
A- 89.50 – 91.49% C- 69.5 – 71.49%
B+ 87.5 – 89.49% D+ 67.5 – 69.49%
B 81.5 – 87.49% D 61.5 – 67.49%
B- 79.5 – 81.49% D- 59.5 – 61.49%
C+ 77.5 – 79.49% F 0 – 59.49%
Grades are generally posted on Edline every Monday. If parents or students have a question at any time they can contact me by phone at school or via the school E-mail.
As always, it is the student’s responsibility to pick up any work they may have missed during an absence. Quizzes can be made up for illness and doctor appointments only. I throw out one student quiz score each quarter. Makeup exams are administered when a student returns to class after an EXCUSED ABSENCE. They will be given an alternate exam, but their absence must be cleared when they return. If an illness or family emergency necessitates a student missing several consecutive days of class, requests for homework should be made as soon as possible.
The school has set up two times during the school year when parents and teachers are scheduled to meet: September 28-29, 2009 and February 8-9, 2010.
If a parent would like to meet with me concerning their child at another time, please call to schedule a conference or contact me via the school E-mail.
The student will:
1 develop an understanding of the origin, nature, purpose and destiny of humanity based on the Seventh-day Adventist view of the world.
2 acquire a knowledge base of factual information, and a recognition of the relevance of historical and current events.
3 analyze, evaluate and apply information gained from a variety of research and study skills.
4 communicate historical information and interpretations effectively.
5 develop an ethical system based on integrity, morality, and responsibility.
6 develop a value system based upon a respect for human and civil rights, religious tolerance, and multicultural understanding.
7 recognize the value of patriotism and accept the privilege of serving others through the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
8 develop the judgment, perspectives, and analytical skills that are essential for a productive life.
9 develop an individual sense of identity and importance in the human story.
10 develop an appreciation of the beautiful, both in God’s creation and in human expression, while nurturing individual ability.
11 foster a lifelong appreciation and interest in the history of mankind.
1 Students will be required to do the bulk of their reading outside of class.
2 Turn in all homework assignments completed on time.
3 Take quizzes and tests on time.
4 Additional reading assignments besides those in the textbook will be assigned periodically.
5 Students will be expected to complete a Power Point project each semester.
6 Students will be attentive in class and show respect to everyone.
7 Students will be on time to class every day.
1 Beginnings of Civilization (prehistory – 200 B.C.)
2 New Directions in Government and Society (2000 B.C. – A. D. 700)
3 An Age of Exchange and Encounter (500 - 1500)
4 Connecting Hemispheres (500 - 1800)
5 Absolutism to Revolution (1500 - 1900)
6 Industrialism and the Race for Empire (1700 - 1914)
7 The World at War (1900 - 1945)
8 Beyond Earth (1945 – Present)
Beck, Roger B., Linda Black, Larry S. Krieger, Phillip C. Naylor, Dahia Ibo Shabaka.
World History Patterns of Interaction
McDougal Littell 2009
Students will be expected to have a notebook specifically for World History and a three ring binder or folder to organize important assignments and study guides.