Welcome to World History. Cicero said, “Not to know what
happened before one was born is to be a child.” Cicero’s
statement tells us that history is more that a record of past
events. History is a dynamic process in the study of human beings
moving through time. In looking at the process of history, we
will attempt to achieve a deeper understanding of the world, indeed
of ourselves. Accordingly, history still deals with the past,
but we can draw concepts from events of the past through critical
analysis of those events. To that end, we will see that the past
is in constant dialog with the advancing present. Through that
“dialog”, we will obtain answers to important questions
and see fresh insights into the human condition. As students,
this is your task—to grapple with evidence from the past
and to cast it into logical, convincing interpretation.
textbook is World History, The Human Experience, by Mounir A.
Farah and Andrea Berens Karls; (Glenco/McGraw-Hill), 1997.
Map of the United States
Brave Heart Video
Map of Europe
Chapter 24, Sect 1
Map of Asia
Chapter 28 (WWI)
Chapter 29 Sect 3 & 4
Chapter 31 (WWII)
Swing Kid Video
Modern Events Project
Chapter 32 (Cold War)
Map of Central/South America
Chapter 37 (optional)
There will be both tests and quizzes as evaluation tools for this
course. Two tests will be conducted each quarter on material from
the textbook, supplemental readings, discussions, and lectures.
The design of each exam will be multiple choice and essay questions.
At times, take home exams will be issued as a means of providing
students more time to evaluate complex issues. A quiz will follow
each unit. Tests will be worth 40% (weighted) of the students’
grade. Quizzes will be valued (weighted) at 30%. Students need
to take exams and quizzes on time. Students missing exams/quizzes
will have one school day after returning to class to make up the
exam/quiz. For each day the student fails to make up the evaluation,
the student will be docked by 25% of his/her grade. Homework and
class participation will also be a part of the evaluation process.
Exams and Class Participation
The course follows the school’s exam exemption policy (see
student handbook). Students earn points by actively participating
in class: students should take good notes, take an active leadership
role in helping to explain concepts, problems, or answers to problems;
students can engage in dialogues of historical significance; students
should always be ready to address questions asked by the teacher—correct
answers need not be the absolute standard, but the student should
demonstrate that he/she has been following the discussion/lecture.
Homework assignments: reading assignments, completing identification
terms, and recopying notes. Notebook checks will be done every
quarter to ensure students have proper notes. Homework will be
evaluated and have a 10% grade value.
Goals of this course include the ability to (C-1
-- master a broad body of “relevant factual knowledge”
about World History to highlight intellectual, cultural, political,
diplomatic, social, and economic developments.”
-- demonstrate an understanding of historical chronology.
-- use historical data to support an argument or position.
-- differentiate between different schools of historical thought.
-- interpret and apply data from original documents, including
cartoons, graphs, letters, maps, statistical data, works of art,
pictorial material, etc.
-- effectively use analytical skills of evaluation, cause and
effect, compare and contrast.
-- work effectively with others to produce products and solve
prepare for and successfully pass the Advanced Placement Exam.
-- demonstrate a command of “writing analytical and interpretive
Knowledge of the way people have lived and the way events and
ideas have shaped our lives helps us understand the world at present.
As we grapple with some difficult questions in this course, I
hope you will emerge with:
1. An enjoyment of--or at least some satisfaction with--the learning
2. A broad knowledge of (the history) world history
3. An appreciation of some of the political, economic, social,
and intellectual cross- currents in the continents’ rich
4. The acquisition of skills useful to an ongoing study of history
and the social sciences.
5. An enhanced understanding, through the study of contemporary
events, of the role nations still play in today's world.
Policies and Procedures
1. Attendance: Students will be on time and in their seats before
the bell rings. Student restroom practices are given individually
and on a “first come, first served” basis.
Students will follow the policies as identified in the Seton Catholic
High School Handbook and the honor code that each student signed.
Students will acknowledge that honor code on all written work,
e.g. tests, quizzes, homework, projects, etc.
Students will be prepared for class. All reading and other assignments
must be completed with due. Reading assignments are vital to learning
the material assigned and to active class participation which
is expected of all students. In addition, students must have their
own books, pens, pencils, notebook, homework, and paper for class.
Students will not be allowed to go to their lockers to retrieve
their belongings once class has begun.
Late assignments will not be accepted unless the teacher pre-approves
them. A late assignment (e.g. homework, essays, etc.) will result
in 25% off for each day late.
Absent students must turn in work due on absent days within 3
days upon return. After 3 days, late work will be docked 25 percentage
points for each day late. Students can check with the teacher
on line, in-person at school, or by phone to confirm what work
was missed. Moreover, students can check the class web site for
all information regarding the class; students may not take class
time to do this. This is the students’ responsibility. Sometimes,
there are extenuating circumstances (e.g. extended absenteeism);
accordingly, a make-up plan will be coordinated with the teacher,
parent(s), and student.
6. Students missing class due to scheduled field trips, mass,
athletic events, or other scheduled events must turn in their
work before they leave for the event. Assignments not turned in
before scheduled events will be counted late and the work will
be downgraded 25% for each day late. Students missing tests, quizzes,
or making presentations must complete the work between the 8th
hour the day before and the day after the event. The student is
responsible to make arrangements with the instructor.
Reading is expected of all students. Participation should be consistent,
positive, and respectful during all class activities. Students
are expected to lead class prayers throughout the year. Students
may be required to lead the class in discussion of events/issues
in the assigned chapter on an impromptu or assigned basis. Preparation
and participation are key “operative” words as guidelines
for the course.
I will edit on-line grades in a timely manner but at least weekly
per school policy. Course assignments and results will be provided
Each student is expected to behave with maturity and in accordance
with the guidelines stated in the Seton High School Handbook.
Negative behavior and comments will not be tolerated. Students
are expected to:
a. Be on time and be in their assigned seats prior to the bell.
b. Raise their hands to get the teacher’s attention.
c. Remain in their seats throughout the class unless otherwise
d. Treat each other and the teacher with respect.
e. Discuss topics, materials, homework, tests, quizzes, etc.,
in an appropriate manner. Wasting the class’s time with
disruptive talk and/or actions will not be tolerated.
f. Allow one person to speak at a time during the class period.
All students raising their hands will be given the opportunity
g. Students will remain with their class when moving on campus
as a class.
10. On occasion, videos indicated above may be shown on Friday
afternoon after school to save class time. Extra credit will be
given to those students staying, watching the video, and completing
the required report.
I am available before school by appointment and Monday through
Friday from 3:00-3:30 P.M. in room E3. My voice mail number is
(480) 963-1900, ext 3070. You may also contact me through e-mail
at Tdarby@SetonCHS.org. Please by sure to put your name in the
subject line or I will not open it.