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10th Grade World History


Teacher: David C. Madson
Room: 304
Phone: 612-668-2000)

Theme and Overview
Our theme is to focus on critical thinking skills. Students must realize the importance of history and gain the skills to interpret historical evidence such as 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 the MYP 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.


Mr. Madson would like to publically acknowledge the valuable and very significant contributions Mr. Chad Owen has made to the creation of the curriculum we will employ for this class. Mr. Owen has been very supportive and willing to help at every turn in the academic and creative process. Thank you Mr. Owen!

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 dedicated World History notebook EVERYDAY. 
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.

Grading and Assignments
The Grading Scale is:

A  =  100%-90%


B  =    90%-80%

C  =   80%-70%

D  =   70%-60%

F  =   59.9% & below 




Students will be made aware what is involved and expected to achieve each of these scores through rubrics and checklists. Students will be informed regularly of their progress. Also, you can check your progress on-line using the student/parent portal from any internet ready computer. Grading will include daily assignments, homework, projects, and tests/quizzes.


Late Work
Unless there is a prior agreement with the instructor, work is due by the end of the class period on the scheduled due date. Deductions will be applied to work that I consider to be late on a case by case basis. Late work is to be completed on the student’s time and not during class. This is an effort to prevent students from falling further behind. 


Tardy Policy
Students are considered tardy if they are not seated and prepared to learn when the bell rings.


Absence Policy
Patrick Henry High School has an 8-day failure policy. Any student who misses 8 or more days in a single quarter is automatically failed for the class or classes with those absences. Students then must apply for a contract for credit or an attendance appeal. 


It is the student’s responsibility to ask the teacher for makeup work and any other information they missed during their absence is also the responsibility of the student.


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. Students who learn good work habits, organizational skills and accept responsibility become the most 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
After school tutorial times will be announced later. If the scheduled after school help time does not fit a students schedule arrangements can be made individually to try to find a better time. Students are responsible for informing me when they need extra help.

Standards & Curriculum
This course will cover skills and content from 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: Historiography and Early Human History

  • Place, Time, Internationalism and the Study of History
  • The Stone Ages
  • The Neolithic Revolution
  • Early Agrarian Civilizations (Create Your Own City-State MYP Unit)

Quarter 3: The Rise of Imperialism

  • Asia, Africa, and India in the Middle Ages
  • Renaissance and Reformation
  • Scientific Revolution
  • Explorations and Imperialism (Guns, Germs and Steel MYP Unit)
  • Colonialism in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Oceania

Quarter 2: Ancient Civilizations and Religions

  • Egypt
  • China and India
  • Persia and Greece
  • The Roman Republic and Empire
  • The Byzantine Empire
  • Judaism, Christianity and Islam
  • The Middle Ages in Europe

Quarter 4: The Origins of the Modern World

  • The Industrial Revolution
  • The Second Wave of European Imperialism
  • World War One
  • World War Two
  • The Cold War
  • The Emergence of the Global Economy
  • Modern Issues