World History Course Description

I.  Purpose of the Course:

World History Honors is a survey course designed to introduce you to major themes, events, and innovations in global history.  The knowledge and skills learned in this class should help you to think, read, research and write at a college level, understand the context of current events, and be a thoughtful citizen in our nation.

II. Textbook:  History Alive! World Connections, TCI.

III. Supplies for Notebook: As upperclassmen, you may choose whichever notebook style you find to be most helpful to organize your learning.  Either a…

  1. Traditional notebook: 2” three ring binder, loose leaf paper, 7 dividers
  2. Interactive notebook:  9x11 150 page spiral in which to tape/glue all papers in order
  3. Hybrid notebook: A composition book for note-taking AND a slim binder, notebook paper, and 7 dividers if you like to keep your notes in a separate book

Optional classroom supplies for sharing that will help us be productive will be much appreciated such as glue sticks, scotch tape, color pencils, colored copy paper.

 IV. Assignments and Grading:

  1. Assignments: Daily grades will include quizzes, paideia work, and skill-building work such as mapping, theme timeline development, writer’s workshop pieces, source reading, etc.
  2. Notebook:  Organization is key to success in a broad survey course, so a tidy, complete notebook organized by units will be kept and graded each 9 weeks. Label Units 1-6 and Project.
  3. Class averages will be calculated as follows: 
    • 20% tests, 20% unit essays, 20% daily work
    • 10% project, quizzes, notebook, and class participation.
    • Mandatory state NCFE will count 25% of your final average for the semester.
  4. Research Project:  Each student will create a long-term Innovation in World History project.  The project topic and format will be of your choice.  Grades will be weighted in a variety of ways depending on the task.
  5. The lowest daily grade will be dropped each nine weeks if a signed progress report is returned.

 V. Classroom Expectations

  1. Be prepared for class.
  2. Be engaged in learning.
  3. Be respectful of others and their property.

 If you violate a class rule:

If you violate a school rule the consequences outlined in the handbook will be given.

 VI. Homework and Make-Up Work Policy

  1. Work is due when stated with each assignment. Major due dates are on the board/in Canvas.
  2. Make-up work for absences: miss one day, get two days to make up the work.
  3. Late work for other reasons: One late assignment per nine weeks will be accepted up to four days after the due date.  For each day the assignment is late it will drop a letter grade.
  4. A model notebook with daily notes/assignments and a folder with the handouts you missed are in the room for you to consult after an absence.

VII. Study Skills

Study is to learning what practice is to a sport. Just as one has to practice a sport in order to perfect the skills needed to play the game well, one has to do the same in an academic class to truly gain new skills and learning.  Unlike a sport, however, where a coach monitors your every move, academic practice is largely unmonitored.  To really learn new material you must discover the most effective way to study (practice new learning) and discipline yourself to do so regularly. 


  1. pre-read the new material for the next day using the syllabus as a guide
  2. read over that day’s class notes each night
  3. highlight and quiz yourself on key terms in your notes each night
  4. complete next part of unit SPRITE chart and timelines

 Need Help?

1. Smart Lunch is available for help with homework, make up work, skill tutoring, test make up, research aid, etc.  You are always welcome to drop in for tutoring or further discussion!

 2. You may contact me at

 3. Also, at our Canvas course you will find posted:

  1. a calendar of homework due dates
  2. the syllabus
  3. classwork
  4. research and background links and tools