GRADE 10 – MODERN WORLD & U.S. HISTORY
This course covers the progression of the world from 1789 to its current state. Using a global perspective, the course explores how societies and peoples in different locations have confronted fundamental issues of the human condition. While much of the course will revolve around the rise of Western Europe we will also study the progression of China, India, Japan, Africa and the Middle East along with their interactions with the world. Students will study major turning points that shaped the modern world, including the cause and course of the two world wars. They trace the rise of democratic ideas and develop an understanding of the historical roots of current world issues, especially as they pertain to international relations. They infer from the American experience that democratic ideals are often achieved at a high price, remain vulnerable, and are not practiced everywhere in the world. Students develop an understanding of current world issues and relate them to their historical, geographic, political, economic, and cultural contexts. Students consider multiple accounts of events in order to understand international relations from a variety of perspectives.
Here are our Units of Study this year:
- The Enlightenment: French and American Revolutions
- The Industrial Revolution
- Democracy and Reform
- Rising European Nationalism
- Imperialism in Asia and the rise of Japan’s world power status
- World War I: causes, course, and consequences
- Global Communism, Chinese resistance to colonialism: the Chinese Revolution
- Age of Uncertainty
- the Second World War: geography, leaders, factors and turning points; the Holocaust
- The Cold War; The Collapse of the Soviet Union: A New World Order?
- Decolonization of Africa, and Modern Middle East
- the Modern World
Homework will be assigned on a unit by unit basis. Students will have until the end of the unit to hand in all homework assignments for a grade. Homework portfolios can be hard copy or handed in online through email . More details including grading rubric can be found here.
• NO LATE HOMEWORK WILL BE ACCEPTED
• Cheating and Plagiarism- Any attempt to gain academic credit for knowledge or work not genuinely a student’s own is considered cheating…The penalty for cheating and/or plagiarism is total loss of credit (“0”) for any test or assignment on which they were attempted. (THIS INCLUDES HOMEWORK!)
• Cut Class- “Students who are truant from school and/or cut a class(es) will not be allowed credit for any work missed. There could be a significant drop in term grades when students choose to miss a class(es) on purpose.”
• Be in the classroom PRIOR to the bell
• Come to class PREPARED with your book, notebook, pen/pencil
• NO food or CELL PHONES allowed out in class
• BATHROOM/LOCKER- 5 PASSES A TERM
• RAISE YOUR HAND before speaking.
• Do NOT talk while the teacher or another student is speaking.
• Follow all teacher directions. Never challenge the teacher’s decision during class. I am happy to discuss a situation or concern one-on-one before or after class.
• Do NOT pack up your things before the bell, unless advised to do so.
• Inappropriate behavior will result in a teacher warning and/or an after school detention
GRADING CATEGORY PERCENTAGES
- Homework – 5 percent
- Assessments – 80 percent
- Class Participation – 15 percent
- Homework – 15 percent
- Assessment – 60 percent
- Class Participation- 25 percent
• Homework- 15 percent
• Assessment- 60 percent
• Class Participation- 25 percent
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