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Pre-International Baccalaureate

10th Grade World History (2007-2008)

Teacher: Chad Owen
Room: 321
Phone: 612-722-0145 (home) or 612-998-3190 (cell)

Theme and Overview
Our theme this year is critical thinking skills. Students must realize the importance of history and have the ability to interpret the writings of historians and others in an informed manner to become contributing citizens to this country and our world. We will focus on making connections between past events and our world today and how to rationally make our way through the abundance of information available to us.

In the 10th grade Pre IB Social Studies course students will be engaged learning about several topics and events in world history that impact them today and will continue to impact them throughout their lives. Each unit will include a formal assessment of student learning as well as daily assignments to gauge for continued progress towards understanding.

Course Description
Students in 10th grade World History will begin the year learning about how history is studied and why society places importance on the study of history. They will then begin learning about early modern humans and the transformation from hunter-gatherer lifestyles to agricultural-based lifestyles. Then the students will explore the world’s earliest civilizations and religions to understand the contributions they made to humanity. Finally, the students will trace the rise of nation-states and the industrialized global economy that dominates our world today.

Course Objectives

-Students will be expected to understand their place in time and location in terms of social, political, and economic importance.
-Students will be expected to expand on their historical thinking skills and historical understanding. These two skills enable learners to evaluate evidence, develop comparative and causal analyses, interpret the historical record, and construct sound historical arguments and perspectives based on informed decisions.
-Students will be expected to apply their historical thinking and understanding to analyze and suggest action on issues facing citizens today and in the future.

Supplies needed

Students should bring something with which to write and a notebook EVERYDAY. Notebooks with pockets are strongly recommended for organization. Students should also always have their student planner and ID.
Participation is essential for successful understanding of this class and its assignments. Therefore, regular and prompt attendance, participation in class activities and discussion, and completion of homework and group assignments are the keys to your success in the course. Helpfulness and courtesy are also rewarded. Participation will count as 10% of your final grade.

Grading and Assignments
The Grading Scale is:

A  =  94-100%

A-  = 90-93.9%


B+  = 88-89.9%

B  =  84-87.9%

B-  = 80-83.9%

C+ =  78-79.9%

C  =  74-77.9

C-  = 69.8-73.9%

D+  = 68-69.9%

D   = 64-67.9%      

D-  = 60-63.9%

F    59.9% & below 




Students will be made aware what is involved and expected to achieve each of these scores through rubrics and checklists for all assignments. Students will also be informed of their progress on a weekly basis. Grading will include daily assignments, homework, projects, and tests/quizzes.






Late Work
Unless there is a prior agreement with the instructor, all class work is due by the end of the day on the scheduled due date.

§         Assignments submitted one day late will receive an automatic 50% deduction.

§         No assignments will be accepted more than one day late.

Students who will be absent for excused or foreseen reasons must notify the instructor before the absence and turn in the assigned work before their absence, or the late policy will apply.

Students who turn in late work due to an excused absence should attach a note that includes the reason for absence and a telephone number with their parent or guardian’s daytime phone number. Failure to do so will result in the above late policy applying. 


 Tardy Policy
Students are considered tardy if they are not seated when the bell rings. Participation points will be lost for the first 2 times the student is late in a quarter. Detentions and the loss of participation points will occur for each time the student is late beyond the initial three times.


Absence Policy
Make up work will not be accepted for an unexcused absence. It is the student’s responsibility for asking the teacher for make up work prior to their absence. If a student is ill, they must bring a signed note from their parent or guardian before they will receive make up work. Quizzes, tests, in-class essays may not be made up unless specific agreements have been made with the teacher prior to the absence. Assignments may not be made up during class time. Students who miss 8 days of school in a quarter automatically fail that quarter.

Classroom Rules & Student Responsibilities
Classroom rules and student responsibilities are a necessary part of any classroom. They are designed to help you be a successful student. Some of the most important lessons students learn in the course of growing up are the lessons of good work habits, how to be organized and how to be responsible for a task. Children who learn good work habits, organizational skills and accept responsibility become successful students. Successful students become successful people.

How classroom rules are implemented and followed establish the classroom culture and each class. It is my responsibility to ensure the rules are clearly stated, consistently enforced and fair and logical consequences exist to hold students accountable. It is each student’s responsibility to carry out basic student responsibilities that minimize disruptions to the learning environment.

Academic Support
I will be available on Tuesdays after school to help students. Students need to inform me when they need extra help and I will make arrangements to provide it if Tuesdays are not convenient. Students MAY, with a good effort, make up any missing assignments from the previous week for 50% credit if they attend and work during tutorial.

This course will cover skills and content in the Minneapolis Public Schools World History Standards.

Curriculum maps containing topics, skills, concepts and standards are available on the Minneapolis Public Schools website. Below is a general calendar of the units of study.

Quarter 1
-The Importance of Studying History and How History is Studied
-Early Human History and the Neolithic Revolution

-The Cradle of Civilization (Sumer, Babylon and Assyria)

Quarter 3

-Imperialism and Colonialism

-The Industrial Revolution

Quarter 2

- Ancient Civilizations (Greece, Rome and Egypt)
-World Religions

-African Kingdoms

Quarter 4

-Independence Movements