• King Philip Regional High School 2019 - 2020

    Modern World History Syllabus - Honours
    Mr. Ferreira, Jr.

    Periods  A/1, B/2, C/3, F/6, & G/7

    Office Hour: Tuesdays, 2:30 - 3:30 PM, or by appointment

    Text: Ellis, Elizabeth Gaynor & Eisler, Anthony. World History.  Boston: Pearson-Prentice Hall, 2014.

    Required Materials : Large three ring loose-leaf binder or laptop/netbook/tablet computer (for note taking, distributed outlines, assignments, practice tests, etc.) and USB flash drive.

    Required Daily Materials (unless otherwise notified): Writing instruments (pen & pencil), textbook, three ring binder or laptop/netbook/tablet computer, USB flash drive.

    Course Description : Modern World History is an honours-level course that fulfills the state and school district requirements for a junior-year world history course. This course will examine themes and topics in world history from the period of the Enlightenment (approximately 1650 C.E) through to the beginning of the current decade. The class will examine topics and themes including, but not limited to the Enlightenment, Industrial Revolution, 19th century political and social revolutions, the Age of Nationalism, Global Imperialism & De-colonization, the World Wars, Genocide, the Rise of Communism, the Cold War era, and the post-Cold War era.

    Work Requirements:

    1. Students may expect to have, on average, eight pages of reading in both the text and supplementary readings posted on-line a minimum of three nights each week.
    2. Readings will occasionally be supplemented with pre-recorded lectures posted on-line on the class Web sites. Such pre-recorded lectures will be accompanied by a outline notes which students should read to aid in understanding the lecture concepts.
    3. Two analytical questions a week may be posted on the class Web site for students to answer on-line prior to in-class discussion and Q & A.
    4. Text readings are expected to be outlined consistently by students with each outline written into their binders OR an on-line journal/blog that can be accessed from classroom computers. Outlines will be reviewed regularly, sometimes without advanced notice!
    5. Students will be quizzed regularly on the chapter readings.
    6. Students may expect a minimum of two to three concept tests per term drawing on information from readings, lectures, discussions, and/or research.
    7. There will be significant research podcast projects during the year that will be submitted during Term II & Term IV as directed. 
    8. There will also be major team-based historic debate projects in Terms I & III on topics selected by me.

    Grading Policy:

    1. Homework assignments and chapter outlines will be ten percent (10%) of the total grade for each term.
    2. Quizzes will be thirty percent (30%) of their total grade for each term.  (Note: The lowest quiz grade in each term will be dropped.)
    3. Tests will be twenty percent (20%) of the student's total grade for each term.  Expect 2 - 3 tests each term.
    4. Writing assignments and/or projects will constitute twenty percent (20%) of the student's total grade for each term.
    5. Team debates will constitute ten percent (10%) of the student's total grade for each term.
    6. Class participation and attendance will be assessed at ten percent (10%) of the student's total grade for each term.
    7. NOTE: Every grading term will not necessarily have every type of assessment employed. As a result, grading weights will be automatically adjusted by Infinite Campus accordingly.

    • Term writing assignments/projects/on-line assignments: 20%
    • Team debates: 10%
    • Tests - 20%
    • Quizzes: 30%
    • Homework: 10%
    • Class participation and attendance - 10%

    Total - 100%

    Classroom Rules and Regulations:
    The following rules and regulations are intended to keep the classroom a productive, safe and creative learning environment.

    1. PREPAREDNESS : Students are expected to bring writing materials and textbooks and readings every day unless otherwise notified. Students are expected to be in class every day that school is in session, according to state and school district attendance policies. Failure to come to class prepared may result in grade reduction in student's class participation and attendance grade.

    2. CLASSROOM BEHAVIOUR - DISRUPTIONS OF LEARNING/VANDALISM: Disruptive and discourteous behaviour (non-class related conversations, disturbing other students vocally or physically, classroom vandalism, including but not limited to writing on desks, putting gum anywhere other than the trash can, etc.) is strictly prohibited.
    Such behaviour is subject to a minimum of one (1) after school detention and a maximum of three (3) after school detentions, during which time students should be prepared to work on class related homework and may be expected to clean or remove gum from desks or carry out other similar corrective maintenance tasks.

    3. CLASSROOM BEHAVIOUR - INTIMIDATION: Behaviour which is in any way disrespectful or denigrating to any other student or to faculty members, including substitute teachers, will result in immediate dismissal to the appropriate assistant principal and contact with parents or guardians regarding the incident. Written explanations and apologies for such behaviour will be expected along with whatever corrective action is deemed appropriate before said student is allowed to return to the class.

    4. CLASSROOM BEHAVIOUR - STUDENT HANDBOOK: Other misbehaviour subject to the student handbook regulations and penalties will be dealt with accordingly.

    5. CELL PHONES: 

    • Cell phones are to be used in class ONLY as a learning tool, not as a means of distraction.
    • Every student cell phone will be deposited in the cell phone storage caddy at the front of the classroom every day unless otherwise notified.  Each caddy is numbered for easy identification.
    • Texting, Web browsing (other than for class research), game-playing, etc. are forbidden during class - NO EXCEPTIONS!  Violation of this rule can and will result in the confiscation of your cell phone for the remainder of the day in which the violation occurs.  A second violation will result in the cell phone being sent to an administrator in the main office and a call home to parents. 
    • Cell phones equipped as an MP3 player as well as regular MP3 players may be used at specified times with instructor approval ONLY.  One ear MUST be left free of ear buds/headphones at all times when music listening is allowed.
    • Any abuse of these policies by any individual will result in an immediate ban on all such devices for the entire class for the remainder of the given term or, if necessary, the academic year.

    6. FOOD & BEVERAGES: Food and beverages (with the exception of water ONLY) are not allowed in the classroom unless specifically approved of by the instructor due to classroom cleanliness and food allergy concerns. Medically-related food or beverage requirements, as determined by the school nurse, are, of course, exempt from this restriction.

    7. SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS: Substitute teachers for this class are to be automatically given even greater respect, courtesy, and co-operation than normally accorded the instructor. Students reported to me by substitutes for misbehaviour will be automatically assessed three days of working detentions (see description above) in my room upon my return to the class.

    8. PLAGIARISM & CHEATING : Plagiarism and cheating will result in term grade reductions of up to and including
    twenty-five percent (25%) of student's total term grade per incident regardless of the grade category in which the offense is discovered (homework, tests, etc.).  Do NOT jeopardize your academic standing by plagiarizing or cheating as this can and will have a detrimental effects on your ability to gain admission to the college or university of your choice.  Plagiarism/cheating includes: A) copy & pasting ANYTHING from any printed or on-line sources without properly attributing the source; B) Obtaining any pre-written work from another author and submitting it as your own work.  NOTE:  The King Philip School District uses Turnitin, the plagiarism-checking software used by colleges and universities.  ANY AND ALL WRITING ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE SUBJECT TO EVALUATION BY TURNITIN IF ANY SUSPICION OF PLAGIARISM EXISTS.

    PARTICIPATION IS KEY:  Students are encouraged to actively participate in each class with questions, responses, debates and ideas for how to approach the learning of certain topics within the curriculum. Learning is only as interesting as the student body wants it to be. Questions, debates (not arguments!) and discussions are the basis of intelligent and thoughtful learning and involving yourself as much as possible can only improve your ability to learn.

    Semester Schedule: The following is a schedule of term concepts and their approximate timelines for each term. Be advised that the schedule is subject to a variety of interruptions beyond the control of the instructor.

    Term I (4 September - 9 November):

    September: Enlightenment, American & French Revolutions & the Napoleonic Era  (Chs. 17 & 18, pp. 543 - 603)

    • WHII.1 Summarize the important ideas of the Enlightenment. (H, C, E)
    • WHII.2 Summarize the important causes and events of the American Revolution. (H, C, E)
    • WHII.3 Summarize the important causes and events of the French Revolution. (H, C, E)
    • WHII.4 Summarize the major effects of the French Revolution & Napoleonic Era. (H)
    • Assessments: Section quizzes, reading quizzes, chapter test

    October/November Industrial Revolution & Social & Political Change in Europe, 1800 - 1914 (Ch. 19, pp. 607 – 629; Ch. 21, pp. 659 - 687).

    • WHII.5 Identify the causes of the Industrial Revolution. (H, E)
    • WHII.6 Summarize the social and economic impact of the Industrial Revolution. (H, E)
    • WHII.7 Describe the rise of unions and socialism, including the ideas and influence of Robert Owen and Karl Marx. (H, E)
    • WHII.8 Describe the rise and significance of antislavery sentiment in Britain, including the abolition of the slave trade by the British Parliament in 1807, the abolition of slavery within the British Empire in 1833, and the role of various antislavery societies. (H)
    • WHII.9 Explain the impact of various social and political reforms and reform movements in Europe. (H, C, E)
    • Assessments: Section quizzes, reading quizzes, chapter tests

    Term II (12 November - 26 January):

    November: Political Change in Europe, 1800 - 1914 (Ch. 22, pp. 691 – 717; Ch. 23, pp 720 - 745).

    • WHII.8 Describe the rise and significance of antislavery sentiment in Britain, including the abolition of the slave trade by the British Parliament in 1807, the abolition of slavery within the British Empire in 1833, and the role of various antislavery societies. (H)
    • WHII.9 Explain the impact of various social and political reforms and reform movements in Europe. (H, C, E)
    • WHII.10 Summarize the causes, course, and consequences of the unification of Italy and Germany. (H)
    • Assessments: Section quizzes, reading quizzes, chapter tests

    December: European imperialism (Ch. 23, pp. 749 – 779)

    • WHII.11 Describe the causes & effects of 19th century European imperialism. (H, E)
    • Assessments: Section quizzes, reading quizzes, chapter tests; mid-year review & exam.

    January: WWI & the Russian Revolution, 1914-1945 (Ch. 26, pp. 815 - 847)
    • WHII.17 Describe the relative importance of economic and imperial competition, Balkan nationalism, German militarism and aggression, and the power vacuum in Europe due to the declining power of the Russian, Austrian, and Ottoman Empires in causing World War I. (H, E)
    • WHII.18 Summarize the major events and consequences of World War I. (H, E)
    • Assessments: Section quizzes, reading quizzes, chapter test.

    Term III (27 January - 5 April):

    February: Between the Wars, 1914-1945 (Ch. 27, pp. 851-879 & Ch. 28, pp. 883 - 919)

    • WHII.12 Identify major developments in Indian history in the 19th and early 20th century. (H, E)
    • WHII.13 Identify major developments in Chinese history in the 19th and early 20th centuries. (H, E)
    • WHII.14 Identify major developments in Japanese history in the 19th and early 20th centuries. (H, E)
    • WHII.15 Identify major developments of African history in the 19th and early 20th centuries. (H, E)
    • WHII.16 Identify the major developments of Latin American history to the early 20th century. (H, E)
    • WHII.19 Identify the major developments in the Middle East before World War II. (H, E)
    • WHII.20 Describe the various causes and consequences of the global depression of the 1930s, and analyze how governments responded to the Great Depression. (H, E)
    • WHII.21 Describe the rise and goals of totalitarianism in Italy, Germany, and the Soviet Union, and analyze the policies and main ideas of Mussolini, Hitler, Lenin, and Stalin. (H)
    • WHII.22 Summarize the consequences of Soviet communism to 1945. (H, E)
    • WHII.23 Describe the German, Italian, and Japanese drives for empire in the 1930s. (H)

    March: World War II, 1931-1945 (Ch. 29, pp. 923 - 959)

    • WHII.24 Summarize the key battles and events of World War II. (H)
    • WHII.25 Identify the goals, leadership, and post-war plans of the allied leaders. (H)
    • WHII.26 Describe the background, course, and consequences of the Holocaust, including its roots in the long tradition of Christian anti-Semitism, 19th century ideas about race and nation, and Nazi dehumanization of the Jews. (H)
    • WHII.27 Explain the reasons for the dropping of atom bombs on Japan and its short and long-term effects. (H)
    • WHII.28 Explain the consequences of World War II. (H, E)
    • WHII.29 Describe reasons for the establishment of the United Nations in 1945 and summarize the main ideas of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. (H)
    • Assessments: Section quizzes, reading quizzes, chapter test, Atom Bomb team debate.
    Term IV (6 April - 16 June):

    April: The Cold War Era, 1945 - 1989 (Ch. 30, pp. 965 - 1009)

    • WHII.30 Summarize the factors that contributed to the Cold War, including Soviet expansion in Eastern Europe and the differences between democracy and communism. (H, C)
    • WHII.31 Describe the policy of containment, including the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, and NATO, as America’s response to Soviet expansionist policies. (H)
    • WHII.32 Describe the development of the arms race and the key events of the Cold War era. (H)
    • WHII.33 Describe the Chinese Civil War, the rise of Mao Tse-tung, and the triumph of the Communist Revolution in China in 1949. (H)
    • WHII.34 Identify the political and economic upheavals in China after the Chinese Revolution. (H, E)
    • Assessments: Section quizzes, reading quizzes, Ch. 28 test.

    May: Post-Colonialism, 1945 - present (Ch. 31, pp. 1013 - 1039)


    • WHII.35 Describe the global surge in economic productivity during the Cold War and describe its consequences. (H, E)
    • WHII.36 Explain the various factors that contributed to post-World War II economic and population growth. (H, E)
    • WHII.37 Describe how the work of scientists in the 20th century influenced historical events, changed the lives of the general populace, and led to further scientific research. (H)
    • WHII.38 Describe the development and goals of nationalist movements in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, including the ideas and importance of nationalist leaders. (H)
    • WHII.39 Explain the background for the establishment of the modern state of Israel in 1948, and the subsequent military and political conflicts between Israel and the Arab world. (H)
    • Assessments: Section quizzes, reading quizzes, chapter test.

      June: The Developing World, 1945 - present (Ch. 32, pp. 1043 - 1061 & Ch. 33, pp. 1065 – 1091)

    • WHII.40 Identify the causes for the decline and collapse of the Soviet Union and the communist regimes of Eastern Europe. (H, E)
    • WHII.41 Explain the role of various leaders in transforming the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. (H, C)
    • WHII.42 Analyze the consequences of the Soviet Union’s breakup. (H, E)WHII.43 Identify the sources of ethnic and religious conflicts in the following nations and regions. (H)
    • WHII.44 Explain the reasons for the fall of apartheid in South Africa, including the influence and ideas of Nelson Mandela. (H)
    • WHII.45 Explain the social and economic effects of the spread of AIDS in Asian and African countries. (H)
    • WHII.46 Explain how the computer revolution contributed to economic growth and advances in science, medicine, and communication. (H)
    • WHII.47 Explain the rise and funding of Islamic fundamentalism in the last half of the 20th century and identify the major events and forces in the Middle East over the last several decades. (H, E)
    • WHII.48 Describe America’s response to and the wider consequences of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D. C. (H)
    • Assessments: Final review and exam