Course Description-Honors World History: Similar to the College Preparatory sections of the course, the Honors course focuses on broad developments that characterize world history from the post-classical period (roughly the sixth through the fifteenth centuries C.E.) through the early modern period (roughly the fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries C.E.). The theme of movement of goods, people, and ideas is stressed throughout the course, using relevant examples from multiple regions in the world across the entire time span. The first quarter focuses particularly the post-classical period, with specific attention to the rise and spread of Islam. The second quarter focuses on the emergence of modern western society in Europe from the Renaissance through the French Revolution, and the impact of the expansion of European countries during the Age of Exploration and settlement. Students will be expected to read challenging materials including primary documents, and to write extensively in a formal style. There are also a number of projects that involve research, creation of visual materials, technology skills, and the development of verbal presentations. The course comprises a summer assignment intended to introduce students to the content, and to the level of work that characterizes the course.
Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (excerpts)
Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Colors of the Mountain by Da Chen
Numerous primary and secondary sources
Independent Work Policy:
- Generally, assigned independent work is to prepare for an activity for the following class day. Occasionally, work will be assigned if an assignment or activity is not completed during class. I view these assignments as short term or “overnight” assignments. Completion of these assignments is critical for a meaningful class experience. If these short term assignments are late, the highest grade a student can earn is a 70% of the original grade. Late means not complete when I do a check at the beginning of class.
- Other independent work may include long term projects or essays. Independent work turned in up to two weeks after the due date will earn a maximum of 90% and a minimum of 50% of the original grade. Factors that may affect the grade within this span include the number of days late, the nature of the assignment and specific arrangements made between the student and teacher. Independent work turned in after two weeks from the due date will earn a maximum of 50% of the original grade.
- Of course, students who are absent due to illness will be given the necessary time to make up assignments. However, a general rule for high school students is to check ASAP for missed assignments. It is expected that all independent and assigned classwork will be made up.
- A tip for success: Use a planner or homework app.