World History 9
Harvey and Mr. Krieger
"Snapshot" of Topics
In this course, we will explore world history from
the early 19th century through the onset of the 21st century. We will
examine the cultural, political, economic, and social changes that took
place beginning with the Industrial Revolution. We will focus on the development
of nations, the dominance of certain countries, and ultimately our year will end as we evaluate the leap to present day globalization. Throughout
Modern World History 9, we will consider how leaders, nations,
and civilizations have influenced or responded to diversity
in the ever-changing world.
In 1912, speaking to a group of historians in Boston, President Teddy
Roosevelt said, "History must not be treated as something set off by
itself." Indeed, we will look deep into the relationship that the
individual has with history. How were peoples' identities shaped by
history? Why is it so often a case of "we versus them?" What choices did people make and how did
some of those individual choices make history? How was
justice served or not served? And, most importantly, we will understand
history's legacy today and why it is relevant to our world. If we
don't understand why history is relevant today, then why study it?
Below are two graphics which provide a look at the Modern World History
9 Scope and Sequence.
are the units for our course:
Unit I: The Spirit of Revolution and Nationalism: Then and Now
Unit II: Industrialization and Reforms Shape the Century
Unit III: That Magnificent Cake: The Age of Imperialism
on the World Stage
V: The War to End All Wars?
Unit VI: Russia: Revolution to Democracy
Unit VII: The Road to World War Two
Unit VIII: Human Behavior and the Holocaust
Unit IX: World War Two
Unit X: The Cold War
Unit XI: Contemporary Issues
final grade for this course will be determined based on the following
Overall Course Grading
Exam / Assessment
and overall grades will be based on a points system.
Prior to each assignment, you will know the total available points. The grade will be based on the following calculation:
Total Points Earned ÷ Total Possible Points
other assignments, such as in-class work, research in the library, or
special projects, you will be made aware of the possible points when the
is an important part of this course.
The homework is meant to enhance our work in the classroom.
Completing the homework will help you understand the subject matter
and, hopefully, make it more interesting.
You will be better prepared for class discussions, other assignments,
and tests or quizzes. Likewise,
you will have the opportunity to participate in many activities. These
activities will range from group presentations to individual projects.
We hope that the assignments will be engaging and enable you to demonstrate
your expertise in the field of modern world history. Successfully completing
and handing-in all of the homework and assignments will improve your grade
for the course.
Homework/assignments are due at the beginning of class or when collected.
homework/assignments will be accepted one class day late for a maximum
of 50% credit OR the penalty indicated on the assignment will apply.**
Late homework/assignments will be accepted up to one week late for a
maximum of 25% credit OR the penalty indicated on the assignment will
**If the homework is discussed and/reviewed in class, you are not eligible
to submit it after the due date.
are responsible for obtaining homework/assignments if you are absent.
are responsible for submitting your homework/assignments if you are absent.
Homework will be
evaluated using the following sliding-scale rubric:
shows excellent effort and attention
to the assignment.
shows substantial effort and
thought, but the homework is messy or responses are unclear.
shows minimal effort, is not
complete, or is not submitted.
Contribution -- Sliding Scale
contribution will be included as part of each semester grade.
Classroom contribution will represent 15% of each semester grade.
See below about the effect of absences on your classroom contribution
Some people love speaking in class and are always interested in adding to
a discussion. Others are ready to participate at times, but may not be
comfortable speaking on a regular basis. And, some students do not like to
participate in a group discussion...it's just not "their thing." The
classroom contribution component of your grade, therefore, is intended to motivate
some of you to become engage in discussions, while not penalizing students
who do not want to participate in group discussions on a regular basis.
Your classroom contribution grade is not based solely on your "speaking"
during group discussions. Rather, this component of your grade is based
on several factors:
- participation in class discussions;
- how well you work with other students when we are doing classroom activities;
in the classroom; and,
- contribution to the class with ideas and recommendations for change.
rubric below outlines the grading criteria:
participation in class discussions, often
asks thought provoking questions, willingly
works with other students during classroom activities, excellent
attitude, and/or shows extensive effort
towards creating a positive atmosphere in the classroom.
participation in class discussions, usually
works well with other students during classroom activities,
excellent attitude, and/or shows substantial
effort towards creating a positive classroom atmosphere.
participation in class discussions, sometimes
works well with other students during classroom activities, and/or
meets some expectations with attitude and contribution to the classroom
or never participates in class discussions,
negative attitude, and/or is disruptive
or never participates in class discussions,
is disruptive in class, does not engage
in group projects, and/or is not part of the "class environment."
If you are absent from class,
you should complete the Class
online form within 4 school days of your absence(s). For example,
if you are absent on Monday, you have until Friday by the end of the
school day to submit your form and receive credit. You
should complete a separate form for each day of class you miss.
classroom contribution grade will be reduced by 10 points if you don't successfully
complete the Class
form and submit it by the deadline. For example, if you have a B
(85%) for your classroom contribution grade and you don't successfully
submit the Class
form by the deadline, your classroom contribution grade would be reduced
to a 75%.
Here for the Class Absence Summary Form
and classroom contribution are important aspects of the course. Participating
in class advances your knowledge of the material and enables other students
to learn from you. Class sessions are also meant to supplement homework
and individual research rather than replace or repeat your readings.
Please refer to pages 9 and 10 of the Ipswich High School 2018-2019 Student-Parent Handbook
for the attendance policy and the effects absences has on
important note about field trips
trips are valuable components of a course curriculum. Throughout the
semester, it may be necessary for you to miss our class session(s) to
attend a field trip for another course. Please note that you are responsible for notifying
me AT LEAST TWO DAYS IN ADVANCE OF A FIELD TRIP if you are going to
be absent. Also, if you are working on a group project, you are responsible
for notifying your team members that you will be absent.
you fail to provide prior notification (AT LEAST TWO SCHOOL DAYS) for
an absence due to a field trip, you will not be able to make-up any
of the missed work done in class.
important note about family vacations
vacations must be approved by the Main Office PRIOR to your absence. While
we will provide assistance, advanced assignments are
not guaranteed. If you are eligible to submit make-up work, the
work must be submitted in accordance with
the guidelines included in family vacation policy.