• World History                                                            Course Syllabus 2011-2012

    Mrs. Wiggett





    This course is intended to blend elements of both physical and human history. Throughout the course students will examine physical characteristics of each region in the world, including physical features and climate. The course will address how the physical history of a place affects the people living there with great emphasis put on the people living in the region, their culture, language, religion, customs, and the formation of  its political government.


    This syllabus and many of the class assignments will be available on the teacher web page posted on the Long Branch Public Schools website. 


    Teacher Hours: room 131

    I will be available every morning from 7:00 am to 7:45 am – and every afternoon from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (pending meetings)


    Course Outline:


    Course will be divided into five (4) major units as follows:


    1.      Early Civilizations: prehistory

    2.      Regional Civilizations

    3.      Early Modern Times                

    4.      Enlightenment and Revolution


     Units of Study Description:


    UNIT 1: Early Civilization: prehistory

    Chapter 1-9


    This unit covers thousands of years, from Stone Age to early civilizations in the Americas. Students will read about the growth of the Middle East and Asia, ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome, and the first Americans and how this knowledge helps to understand the world today.


    .UNIT 2: Regional Civilizations

    Chapter 10-13


    In this unit students will learn about the serfs, peasants, and knights. Students will learn about the Middle Ages, Gothic Architecture and the Muhammad journey to Ghana and Maili. Then they will sail back to India to meet Buddha, follow Genghis Khan into China and travel to Japan.

    UNIT 3: Early Modern Times                 

    Chapter 14-18


    In this unit students will settle in Rome and study great artists, masterpieces and the  Renaissance or rebirth of learning. New Scientists and scientific methods of question of old beliefs will be recognized.


    UNIT 4:  Enlightenment and Revolution 

    Chapter 19-22


     This unit covers thinkers who wanted to use reason to improve society. The enlightened people include rulers, writers, and composers who will march through revolutionaries in search of freedom. Students will learn about industrialization and how it changed the face of Europe and Latin America.



    Course Readings will include the following:


    1.      World History, published by Pearson Globe (2008) {course text}

    2.      Selected Primary sources

    3.      Periodicals – analyzing maps

    4.      Additional supplemental readings provided over the period of the course


    Course Requirements:

    Students are expected to maintain a three ring binder notebook since numerous handouts will be provided and they must be included in their notebook as there will be a graded notebook checks. In addition, students are expected to always bring a pen or pencil and paper to class and failure to do so will result in the reduction of a class participation grade.


    Grading Policy:


    Department grading policy is as follows:


    30% Tests – Project – Quizzes

    25% Homework

    20% Class work and Participation

    25% Writing


    Each unit will contain several quizzes, chapter tests, reading assignments, worksheet assignments, class notes and homework. There will be several projects spread throughout the course related to the units being studied. All assignments are due on their announced date. In order for me to consider excusing your absence to extend a due date there must be a note from a parent or guardian explaining that absence.  Assignments handed in late will lose credit as follows: I class day late 25%, 2 class days late 50%. No assignments will be accepted more than two class days late. If you missed a scheduled exam/quiz you must make it up the next day you attend school. A reduction of 5 points for each day the exam is not taken. Being late to class will result in a loss of points for any assignment that you missed unless it is excused by an administrator or teacher.