This year in Modern World History you will learn about some of the huge changes that have transformed the world in the past two hundred years. This year’s key themes include rapid economic change, the rise of new nations, the spread of democracy, and the impact of technology on just about all aspects of life. The course focuses on Europe, Asia, and Africa, with the United States playing a growing role after the 1890s. The course is arranged in the following topics:
Rise of Germany
Expansion of European empires
World War One
Effects of World War One
World War Two and the Holocaust
Cold War and its aftermath
How you will learn To learn about these topics you will work closely with a wide variety of maps, visual sources, and readings, including primary sources. For most topics, you will have an interactive presentation and set of vocabulary words covering the core content. To reinforce learning, homework will be assigned weekly. To assess your understanding you can expect, for most topics, a project and a quiz. For each topic, you will find presentations, vocabulary games, and other interactive resources on the class Web site (which you are using right now; click Current work). These resources are designed to help you learn the core material you need to understand new topics and prepare for quizzes.
How your quarterly grade is calculated
10% of your grade will measure classroom participation: compliance with the school's positive behavioral program (PBIS); appropriate participation in class activities and discussions; and contribution to a positive classroom environment.
45% will measure performance on work that developslearning, including homework, classroom activities, warm-ups, and discussions
45% will measure performance on work that assessesunderstanding, including projects, posters, presentations, formative assessments (quizzes), and summative assessments (unit tests). There will be a midterm in mid-January worth 10% of the 2nd quarter grade, with Participation, Learning, and Assessment adjusted accordingly
Technology in this course Much of the classwork and homework will be on Google Classroom at the start of the year and Blackbaud later in the year. Make sure to use your online accommodations for reading, writing, and organization. Mr. Peal can help you use all these tools to help you succeed in this class. Have a great year!