World History: Human LegacySpring 2014 Mr. Kenneth Cawthon email@example.com http://cawthon.cmswiki.wikispaces.net
WORLD HISTORY COURSE DESCRIPTION: World History at the ninth grade level is a survey course that gives students the opportunity to explore recurring themes of human experience common to civilizations around the globe from ancient to contemporary times.An historical approach will be at the center of the course. The application of the themes of geography and an analysis of the cultural traits of civilizations will help students understand how people shape their world and how their world shapes them.
Required Text:World History: Human Legacy (Holt, 2008): Students will not be issued a textbook but can access the text and other material at http://my.hrw.com. Username: worldhistory31 Password: w4m3u. HONORS - JARED DIAMOND COLLAPSE
CLASS ROOM RULES Be Prepared: Come to class with notebook and pencil/pen and with all assignments completed. Make sure you have completed the reading assignment for the topic we are discussing. Be On Time: Do not come to class late if at all possible, and if you are late or absent bring a note from the appropriate person. Be Honest: No cheating or copying another student’s work. Be RESPECTFUL:EVERYONE DESERVES RESPECT IN THIS CLASS. • Occasionally, we will have discussions about key historical events and people. Many of our talks will be based on individual opinion. Therefore, it is necessary that we show each other the highest level of consideration and respect. Derogatory statements, criticism, and ridicule will not be tolerated. You are all to behave as responsible young adults. • I expect everyone to be both active listeners and participants in the classroom. When students are engaged in their tasks as well as ask questions and participate in discussions, a productive and stimulating learning environment is created. Be Focused: Come to class prepared to work on World History, do not work on other class work in class or sleep. Part of the class depends on you sharing your ideas and opinions with the class. There is no such thing as a dumb question!
Consequences for Breaking Classroom Rules 1.Verbal Warning • Student will receive a verbal warning from teacher. 2.Minutes • If conduct persists then student will be assigned minutes to be completed before and after school or during lunch. 3. Call Home or Email / teacher discretion on removing fromclassroom • If conduct continues after verbal warning and minutes then teacher will communicate with a parent or guardian. Teacher’s discretion on having student removed from classroom. • If student remains in classroom • Communication home with parent or guardian • If Removed from Classroom • Communication home with parent or guardian and the schools conduct procedure will be followed. Teacher will schedule parent/teacher conference with student and parent to discuss conduct during class.
General Information • NO FOOD IN MY CLASSROOM • YOU MAY BRING A WATER BOTTLE WITH YOU TO CLASS • Make sure bottle is filled before the bell rings and class begins. • BATHROOM PASSES • You have been given 5 bathroom passes that can be used throughout the semester. • May use them at anytime • Under name write date and time and bring to me. • I will sign agenda for you to go to the restroom • IF YOU RUN OUT OF PASSES THEN YOU MAY NOT LEAVE THE ROOM
ATTENDANCE: Good attendance will enhance your grade and prepare you for the exam. Attendance and achievement are interrelated. Cuts and tardiness will be handled by Administration. The Providence tardy policy will be followed. It is the student’s responsibility to bring a note in for an absence within a five-day period. You will have to recover any absences over the 10 days allowed by CMS.
Notebook Assignment: • Each student is expected to keep an African American Studies notebook and bring it to class every day. It will be checked several times during the semester for a test grade. Specific notes from lectures and other relevant Instructional resources will be included in the notebook. You will be expected to keep your notebook dated and in chronological order. Your notebook must be a three-ring loose-leaf binder with SIX dividers labeled in the following order: • Vocabulary • Notes • Warm Ups • Test • Analysis • Geography • Your notebook grade with count as a major test grade and it must be in the above form not one of your own choosing. • Honor Code: The Honor Code must be signed and be the first page of your notebook. Violators will receive a failing grade on your notebook. • The second page of your notebook should be your class syllabus. • Occasionally, I also give “open notebook” quizzes and tests based on both class assignments and homework. Therefore, it is in your best interest to keep your notes in order. A well-organized notebook will contribute to your success in this class
GRADING: • Formal Grades • 65 % of Grade – Unit Tests (x4), Journals (x1), Project (x3) • Informal Grades • 35% of Grade – Quizzes (x3), Geography (x2), Participation (vocabulary list, class work, homework) (x1) • Final Exam • 25% of Final Grade – Common Core Assessment Exam
Students will analyze their historical heritage and its relationship to political, social, and ethical issues of our day. Students will develop critical thinking skills using problem solving techniques while extending their knowledge to analyze and evaluate the different historical genres. In addition, students will develop a marking period project using a variety of creative and written steps. In this class you will be challenged with readings and writings and should gain tremendous insight into the complexity and the struggle of the human race. I do not believe that history should be white washed rather it should be shown in its entirety, the good, the bad and the ugly. If we do not learn from the past then we are doomed to repeat it.
How Do We Study the Past? • Artifacts • Archeology • Anthropology • Primary Sources • Oral History • Music • Art • Secondary Sources • In this class we look at all of these sources to broaden your understanding of World History.
In 1976, two days preceding a scheduled free concert entitled “Smile Jamaica” that Marley and the then Jamaican PM Michael Manley had organized in the run up to the general election. Bob Marley, wife Rita and manager Don Taylor, were shot at their 56 Hope Road home, located just across the road from the what is now the Bob Marley Museum. It is generally believed that this shooting was politically motivated. Jamaican politics being in a very volatile state at the time, especially when close to elections time as it was then. The concert was seen as a conscious move by the reggae artist in support of the then prime minister of Jamaica, Michael Manley. It is widely held that the attack was executed by fervent supporters of the opposition and highly conservative political party of Jamaica, the Jamaica Labour Party. However, there is little evidence to support this. Although there have been many rumors as to “who done it” the police never caught the gunmen. It is suggested that Bob speaks to detractors who accused him of running away from reality by leaving Jamaica. Bob Marley speaks about the attack and states in a very poetic and biblically based (some of the lines can be found in Proverbs 25:24) philosophical way the reason for his flight from Jamaica in the song Running Away … I’ve got to protect my life And I don’t want to live with no strife It is better to live on the housetop Than to live in a house full of confusion So I made my decision and I left you And now you’re coming to tell me I’m running away
Get the GIST Task Student Name: Author’s Name: Article Title: Article Source: • Read the article. • Fill out the 5 W’s and H. • Who: • What: • When: • Where: • Why important: • How: • Write a 20 word GIST:
Day 2: Time How old Is the Earth? 4.6 to 5 Billion Years Old
How long have bi-pedal hominids been walking the Earth? 3.5 million Years
How long have homo sapiens been walking the Earth? 100,000 Years Ago
How long have humans been recording (writing) history? 10,000 Years Ago Marks the transition from prehistory to history
The earth is over 5 billion years old. Life first originated in the oceans 3.4 billion years ago. The dinosaurs died out 65 million years in the past. Human recorded history stretches back 10,000 years in time.These numbers are too large to visualize, and difficult to compare. Here's an easy way to put time in perspective, and actually visualize different eras in the earth's history http://www.worsleyschool.net/science/files/time/line.html http://www.worsleyschool.net/science/files/toiletpaper/history.html
Historians have stopped using BC/AD and have replaced with BCE (before common era) and CE (common era), why? Because of cultural considerations
Essay Basics How to write an essay What is an essay? · What is a history paper? A history paper is an essay. As such, it shares many characteristics with essays on other topics. Essays come in various shapes and sizes, and no two of them are alike. Each, though, expresses an opinion. A piece of writing merely describing something or explaining how something works is not an essay. An essay always conveys its writer’s viewpoint or argument. In an essay, a writer never simply explains or describes. Instead, he or she makes an argument, and provides a reasoned array of evidence to back up their opinions.
INTRODUCTION: · The introduction acquaints the reader with the topic. Its purpose is to get the readers' attention and make them want to read the essay. For this reason, you should try to make your introduction interesting, engaging, and original. As a writer, you indicate the point you will make about your topic in a thesis. The thesis can be either stated or implied. In either form, it should clearly and specifically convey your point, and it should do so early on in the essay. BODY: · The purpose of a body paragraph is to develop and prove the thesis. Each body paragraph should make just one point that clearly develops and supports the thesis. In the same way that you have a thesis to indicate the point of the essay, you should have a topic sentence for each body paragraph. The topic sentence states the point of the paragraph, and all of the other sentences should support, develop, and explain that point. · Each body paragraph should be unified independently. That is, it should make sense by itself and be able to stand alone. However, it is just one piece of the essay, and it is up to you, as the author, to connect the body paragraphs together and relate them to the thesis. You do this by referencing key words or ideas from the thesis and using transitional words and phrases. CONCLUSION: · The purpose of the conclusion is to bring the essay to a satisfying close. You should avoid bringing up a new point in your conclusion and you should avoid lengthy and excessive summary. The most successful conclusions are thoughtful and reflective. After having presented your topic and proven your thesis, you want to be able to make an overarching statement based on that information.