Text: World History: Modern Times by Jackson J. Spielvogel
Western Civilization is a one-year study of human history, from the earliest known societies to the present. The course focuses on the civilizations of the West and historical trends which have shaped the modern world. Major topics include: the rise and fall of Rome, the development of Christianity, the medieval period, the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Age of Exploration, nationalism and revolution, the rise of imperialism, the World Wars, and the post-war era.
Successful students should be able to:
Place major historical events and periods on an accurate timeline.
Be familiar with ancient and modern nations and their geographical locations.
Demonstrate in writing and in presentations a working knowledge of the topics listed in the Course Description above.
During the second semester, there will be a Sophomore class field trip to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles as part of the Social Studies and Religion curricula. This field trip is mandatory for all sophomores, without exception. Further details will be made available at the beginning of the second semester.
All students will be required to keep a notebook exclusively for this class. Notebooks will be collected and graded after each unit test. Each student should have a soft-cover, three-hole binder with tabs for each of the following: notes, study guides, vocabulary, assignments, and returned tests. This notebook should be assembled and turned in for a participation grade by Tuesday, Aug. 19th.
Tentative Schedule of Class Content:
Aug. 17th – Sept. 4th Chs. 1 & 2: The Near East, Greece, and Rome, to AD 500
May 17th – May 27th Ch. 21: The Contemporary Western World, 1970 – Present
Class Policies and Procedures:
All school rules and policies will be enforced in the classroom. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a courteous and Christian manner. Appropriate behavior is expected at all times. Specifically, no hats, hoodies, sunglasses or earbuds shall be worn in class. Additionally, no food or drinks other than water will be allowed.
Classroom technology policy will be in line with school policy, as described in The Shield, pgs. 44 – 49. If a student is suspected of using an iPad to cheat on a test or violate any other school policy, the iPad will be confiscated and turned over to the Dean of Students. If a student is found to be misusing an iPad in class, through messaging or game apps, the student will receive the consequences as outlined on pg. 49 of The Shield.
The Shield, pgs. 24-25: “Cheating on Tests, Plagiarism (Term papers, essays, reports, and major projects), passing on information by any means, technologically or by word of mouth, using technological devices (phones, calculators, etc.) to send information to self or another student:
1st Offense – Must be turned into Dean of Students and referral given. Parents notified by teacher and Dean. Students will re-do / re-take the assignment and will have an opportunity to earn up to 50% credit. One day on-campus suspension.
2nd Offense – Referral. Zero grade for all parties on assignment, quiz or test. Two days on-campus suspension. Possible loss of co-curricular activities for 10 weeks.
3rd Offense – Possible Expulsion.”
Unless otherwise specified, all homework assignments will be due the next school day after they are assigned. If there is an excused absence, the length of the absence plus one extra day will be allowed for make-up work to be turned in. Otherwise, late work will be automatically docked 20% of the total grade.
Student grades will be determined based on a percentage of the total points possible. Graded work will be weighted equally and will include quizzes, tests, written assignments, classwork, homework assignments, and regular binder checks. The grading scale will be as follows:
98.5 to 100 = A+
91.5 to 98.4 = A
89.5 to 91.4 = A-
87.5 to 89.4 = B+
81.5 to 87.4 = B
79.5 to 81.4 = B-
77.5 to 79.4 = C+
71.5 to 77.4 = C
69.5 to 71.4 = C-
67.5 to 69.4 = D+
61.5 to 67.4 = D
59.5 to 61.4 = D-
Below 59.4 = F
Parent and Student Signatures:
“I hereby state that I have read the policies, procedures and expectations employed in Mr. Freckleton’s class. I fully understand my role in the parent/teacher/student relationship. If I have any questions, I will contact Mr. Freckleton without hesitation”