Mr. Wiggin

Students will begin the year by reviewing the Enlightenment, the first struggle for Empire, and by considering the importance of the American Revolution in the larger context of World History. This will set the stage for the study of the rise of the nation state in Europe, the French Revolution, and the economic and political roots of the modern world. They will study the origins and consequences of the Industrial Revolution, 19th century political reform in Western Europe, and imperialism in Africa, Asia, and South America. They will explain the causes and consequences of the great military and economic events of the past century, including World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, and the Russian and Chinese revolutions. Finally, students will study the rise of nationalism and the continuing persistence of political, ethnic, and religious conflict in many parts of the world. This course will also attempt to examine American influence on world events and the influence that world events have had on United States history.

TERM ONE The Enlightenment: French and American Revolutions, The Industrial RevolutionDemocracy and ReformRising European Nationalism

TERM TWO    ImperialismImperialism in Asia and the rise of Japan’s world power statusWorld War I: causes, course, and consequences

TERM THREE Global Communism, Chinese resistance to colonialism: the Chinese Revolution, the Age of Uncertainty and the Second World War: geography, leaders, factors and turning points; the Holocaust

TERM FOUR The Cold War; The Collapse of the Soviet Union: A New World Order?Decolonization of Africa, and Modern Middle East, and the Modern World

• 3-Ring Binder with Notebook/Paper and Pen/Pencil

• Make-Up Work Policy: Students who have been legitimately absent from school have the responsibility to consult with their teachers outside of class time in regard to all work missed during their absence. Upon returning to school the time limit for the completion of such work will be the length of the absence plus one day. Extension of this time limit will be granted at the discretion of the teacher involved. Work not made up by the given deadline will result in a zero

• Class work and Projects will be accepted late as follows:
-One day late with a 25% reduction
-Two days late with a 50% reduction
-Three or more days late will not be accepted and will be given a grade of zero


Homework Policy

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.

• 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.”


There is a new extra credit policy in place at Braintree High School for this year that is designed to promote fairness and equity. Specifically, students and parents should be aware that…

  • Voluntary assignments to help improve a student’s grade will not be offered.
  • A student’s term grade will not be rounded up (or down) for any reason at the end of the term.
  • A student’s lowest grade on any type of assessment (homework, quiz, test, etc.) will not be “dropped” in the calculation of his or her term grade.

• 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
• 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


• Homework-  15 Percent
• Assessment- 60 Percent
• Classwork – 25 Percent

College Prep:

• Homework- 15 Percent
• Assessment- 55 Percent
• Classwork –  30 Percent


• Feel free to contact me at school with any questions-