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1 Course Syllabus World History and Geography 1500 A.D. (C.E.) to the Present Instructor: Chad Owens Prerequisite: World Geography Course Description This course will examine the history of humanity at a global scale from 1500 A.D to the present. Course content for World History and Geography II is based on the History and Social Science Standards of Learning Curriculum of The course will consist of ten units of study followed by a comprehensive review at the end of the school year. Class Objective The student will improve skills in historical research and geographical study through primary and secondary source analysis, using maps, globes, artifacts and pictures, identifying major geographic features, identifying and comparing political boundaries, analyzing trends in human migration and cultural interaction, and analyzing the impact of economic forces on human history from 1500 A.D. to the present. These skills will serve to increase student awareness of common connections between all humans past and present. Students who complete the course objectives should be more prepared to contribute positively to the world around them and to think critically about solutions to the problems of our day. Specific course objectives are listed below. Materials Needed writing utensils, loose leaf paper, 1 ½ inch 3-ring binder, tab dividers (5) Modern World History: Patterns of Interaction, Holt McDougal (textbook provided) Course Outline / Grading: Daily classroom assignments, participation and quizzes will be a major component of a student s grade. Regular attendance is, therefore, essential to success. At the end of each session students will write a summary of the content from that days learning experience, in their own words. Students will be awarded participation credit for completing every task expected in a session and for contributing to a productive learning environment. This is intended to encourage and reward the student s effort. There will be at least one quiz each week. Quizzes may or may not be announced beforehand. Homework assignments, outside the daily written summaries, will be given on a limited basis. Assignments are to be turned in on the following school day. Late

2 assignments will only be accepted with a valid excuse at the discretion of the instructor. Division policy will be followed regarding missed assignments. There will be at least one major writing assignment required for each grading period of the school year. Writing counts as 20% of the nine weeks grade. Therefore, it is vitally important that the student complete these writing assignments to be successful in this course. End of unit tests will be given based on study guides that will be completed in class. Throughout the school year, students will maintain an interactive notebook of relevant materials. This notebook is to include daily summaries, writing assignments, study guides, quizzes, and vocabulary activities. The student s final grade and course completion will be influenced by the completeness of this notebook and the quality of the work therein. The student s nine weeks grade will be calculated according to the following category weighting: Grading Scale Teacher Website Class participation 10% Quizzes 10% Notebook/Summaries 20% Homework 10% Writing assignments 20% Tests 30% A B C D F 0-69 A teacher website can be accessed via the Internet to obtain important information and resources related to the course. This can be found through the faculty listing on the school website. This website has a calendar that lists daily class participation and homework assignments as well as upcoming dates for writing assignments and tests. There are also many other resources available on the website to help you promote your success. A course syllabus, study guides, writing prompts, and vocabulary lists are provided in PDF format. The study guides are presented as PowerPoint presentations, which are particularly useful for test preparation. There are links to helpful websites on the Internet including SOL review and links to obtain free PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat reader (PDF) software. You will also find a link to my address. Please feel free to contact me with suggestions and concerns. You may also contact me through the school phone number ( ).

3 World History and Geography: 1500 to the Present, Units and Objectives Year Long Objectives Improve skills in historical research and geographical analysis by: o Identifying, analyzing, and interpreting primary and secondary sources to make generalizations about events and life in world history o Using maps, globes, artifacts, and pictures, to analyze the physical and cultural landscapes of the world and interpret the past o Identifying major geographic features important to the study of world history o Identifying and comparing political boundaries with the locations of civilizations, empires, and kingdoms o Analyzing trends in human migration and cultural interaction o Analyzing the impact of economic forces, including taxation, government spending, trade, resources, and monetary systems (WHII.1a-f) Unit 1: The World of 1500 A.D. and Five Great Religions of the World 1. Describe the beliefs, sacred writings, traditions and customs of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. (WHII.15a) 2. Locate the geographic distribution of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism in about 1500 A.D. (WHII.2c) 3. Locate major states and empires in the world in about 1500 A.D. (WHII.2a) 4. Describe artistic, literary, and intellectual ideas of the Renaissance. (WHII.2b) 5. Analyze major trade patterns in the world in about 1500 A.D. (WHII.2d) 6. List major technological and scientific exchanges in the Eastern Hemisphere. (WHII.2e) Unit 2: The Reformation 7. Explain the effects of the theological, political, and economic differences that emerged in the Reformation, including the views and actions of Martin Luther, John Calvin, Henry VIII, and Elizabeth I. (WHII.3a) 8. Describe the impact of religious conflicts, the Inquisition, and Catholic Reformation on society and Government actions. (WHII.3b) 9. Describe changing cultural values, traditions, and philosophies, and assess the role of the printing press in the Reformation. (WHII.3c)

4 Unit 3: The Age of Discovery 10. Explain the roles and economic motivations of explorers and conquistadors in the Age of Discovery. (WHII.4a) 11. Describe the influence of religion in the Age of Discovery. (WHII.4b) 12. Explain migration, settlement patterns, cultural diffusion, and social classes in the colonized areas of the Americas, Africa, and Asia. (WHII.4c) 13. Describe the Columbian Exchange, including its impact on native populations of the Americas, Africa, and Asia. (WHII.4d) 14. Map and explain the triangular trade. (WHII.4e) 15. Describe the impact of precious metal exports from the Americas. (WHII.4f) 16. Describe the location and development of the Ottoman Empire. (WHII.5a) 17. Describe India, including the Mughal Empire and coastal trade. (WHII.5b) 18. Describe East Asia, including China and the Japanese shogunate. (WHII.5c) 19. Describe Africa and its increasing involvement in global trade. (WHII.5d) 20. Describe the growth of European nations, including the Commercial Revolution and mercantilism. (WHII.5e) Unit 4: Absolutism and Revolution 21. Describe the Scientific Revolution and its effects. (WHII.6a) 22. Describe the Age of Absolutism, including the monarchies of Louis XIV and Peter the Great. (WHI.6b) 23. Assess the impacts of the English Civil and the Glorious Revolution on democracy. (WHII.6c) 24. Explain the political, religious, and social ideas of the Enlightenment and the ways in which they influenced the founders of the United States. (WHII.6d) 25. Identify five Enlightenment thinkers and explain their ideas. (WHII.6d) 26. Describe the French Revolution. (WHII.6e)

5 27. Describe the expansion of the arts, philosophy, literature, and new technology in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. (WHII.6f) Unit 5: Political Changes in the Nineteenth Century 28. Describe the colonial system in Latin America as it existed by (WHII.7a) 29. Identify the impact of the American and French Revolutions on Latin America. (WHII.7b) 30. Explain the contributions of Toussaint L Ouverture and Simon Bolivar to Latin American revolutions of the nineteenth century. (WHII.7c) 31. Assess the impact of the Monroe Doctrine on Latin American revolutions of the nineteenth century. (WHII.7d) 32. Assess the impact of Napoleon and the Congress of Vienna, including changes in political boundaries in Europe after (WHII.8a) 33. Describe unsuccessful revolutions in Europe during the nineteenth century and political reform in the United Kingdom. (WHII.8b) 34. Explain events related to the unification of Italy and the role of Italian nationalists. (WHII.8c) 35. Explain events related to the unification of Germany and the role of Bismarck. (WHII.8d) Unit 6: The Industrial Revolution 36. Describe the Industrial Revolution citing scientific, technological, and industrial developments and explaining how they brought about urbanization and social and environmental changes. (WHII.9a) 37. Explain the emergence of capitalism as a dominant economic pattern, and the subsequent development of socialism and communism. (WHII.9b) 38. Describe the evolution of the nature of work and the labor force, including its effects on families, the status of women and children, the slave trade, and the labor union movement. (WHII.9c) 39. Explain the rise of industrial economies and their link to imperialism and nationalism. (WHII.9d)

6 40. Assess the impact of European economic and military power on Asia and Africa, with emphasis on the competition for resources and the responses of colonized peoples. (WHII.9e) Unit 7: The Great War and It s Fallout 41. Explain economic causes, political causes, and major events of World War I. (WHII.10a) 42. Identify major leaders of World War I with emphasis on Woodrow Wilson and Kaiser Wilhelm II. (WHII.10a) 43. Explain the outcomes and global effect of World War I and the Treaty of Versailles. (WHII.10b) 44. List causes and consequences of the Russian Revolution. (WHII.10c) 45. Describe the League of Nations and the Mandate system. (WHII.11a) 46. Identify five causes of the worldwide depression in the 1930s and assess its impact. (WHII.11b) 47. Examine events related to the rise, aggression, and human costs of dictatorial regimes in the Soviet Union, Germany, Italy, and Japan. (WHII.11c) 48. Identify the interwar period roles of Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Hirohito, and Hideki Tojo. (WHII.11c) Unit 8: World War II 49. Explain the economic and political causes and describe the major events of World War II. (WHII.12a) 50. Identify Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur, George C. Marshall, Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Hideki Tojo, and Hirohito and their roles as leaders during World War II. (WHII.12a) 51. Examine the Holocaust and other examples of genocide in the twentieth century. (WHII.12b) 52. Explain the terms of the peace, the war crimes trials, the division of Europe, plans to rebuild Germany and Japan, and the creation of international cooperative organizations and the Universal Declarations of Human Rights of (WHII.12c)

7 Unit 9: Struggles of the Twentieth Century 53. Explain key events of the Cold War, including the competition between the American and Soviet economic and political systems and the causes of the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. (WHII.13a) 54. Assess the impact of nuclear weaponry on patterns of conflict and cooperation since (WHII.13b) 55. Describe conflicts and revolutionary movements in eastern Asia, including those in China and Vietnam; including Mao Tse-tung, Chiang Kai-shek, and Ho Chi Minh in their leadership roles. (WHII.13c) 56. Describe major contributions of Indira Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Deng Xiaoping. (WHII.13d) 57. Describe India s struggle for self-rule, including Gandhi s leadership in India and the development of India s democracy. (WHII.14a) 58. Describe Africa s achievement of independence, including Jomo Kenyatta s leadership of Kenya and Nelson Mandela s role in South Africa. (WHII.14b) 59. Describe the end of the mandate system and the creation of states in the Middle East, including the roles of Golda Meir and Gamal Abdul Nasser. (WHII.14c) Unit 10: Contemporary Issues 60. Identify contemporary political issues, with emphasis on migrations of refugees and others, ethnic/religious conflicts, and the impact of technology, including chemical and biological technologies. (WHII.16a) 61. Assess the impact of economic development and global population growth on the environment and society, including an understanding of the links between economic and political freedom. (WHII.16b) 62. Describe economic interdependence, including the rise of multinational corporations, international organizations, and trade agreements. (WHII.16c) 63. Analyze the increasing impact of terrorism on the contemporary world. (WHII.16d) *A comprehensive review will be conducted following completion of unit content.

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