• World History - Course Syllabus

    Seagoville  High School




    Instructor:  Coach J. Allen / jonaallen@dallasisd.org                                                                                                                                 



    Course Purpose: The primary purpose of this course is to prepare students to meet the requirements of World History as determined by the State of Texas via the TEKS – Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. Progress in mastering the TEKS will be assessed by Quizzes Exams. The final assessment will be with that E.O.C., the following class procedures, policies, schedule of work, assessments, and topics will be covered.


    Course Description:

    This is a survey course in the development of civilization from the prehistoric period to the modern era. We will examine the creation and evolution of the political, economic, social, religious and intellectual institutions that define each historical period. We will ask the questions how and why something happens, and analyzes events using critical thinking skills, instead of learning just when they happened and to whom. In addition, we will study the impact of human interaction and global systems on our world.



    Textbook: World History: 


    Course Objectives: The objectives for this course are based on the TEKS. Students will…


    Objective 1           demonstrate an understanding of issues and events in World and United States


    Objective 2           demonstrate an understanding of geographic influences on historical issues and


    Objective 3           demonstrate and understanding of economic and social influences on historical

                                   issues and events.

    Objective 4           demonstrate and understanding of political influences on historical issues and    


    Objective 5           use critical-thinking skills to analyze social studies information.


    Your Final Grade will be comprised of:

    There will be  at least two homework/classwork grades per week per subject, with a minimum of 18 grades per subject per grading period. It is district policy that parents must be contacted if a student is failing the course. All students will receive a 4.5-week progress report; therefore, it is not necessary to mail one yourself. A parent must be contacted (i.e. phone call, email, PowerSchool message, or face to face) if a student is to receive a failing grade for a nine-week period. Documentation of parent contacts must be available for administrative review.


    The following grade weights will be used to determine nine-week grades: 


    Classwork/Homework: 40 percent  (no more than one-half homework)

    Tests: 25 percent grade weight

    Projects/Products: 20 percent grade weight (ex: composition, research paper, presentation, report)

    Nine-week test grade: 15 percent grade weight


    Grading Criteria: Each student will be assessed individually. The assessment will be carried out through a variety of methods including oral presentations, teacher observations, class/group participation, written assignments, projects, course notebook/folder, quizzes and tests. Grades will be figured on a total point system based on 100.




    Supplies Required: (every day)

    1. Textbook

    2. Binder / Composition Book

    3. Pens and pencils

    4. Map pencils (colored pencils)

    5. Notebook paper (3/2 holes)

    6. Highlighters



    Classwork/Homework Requirements: TSW

    1. Read an average of 30-35 pages a week.

    2. Read entire sections, chapters, historical documents and/or other supplemental readings when assigned.

    3. Analyze and transcribe readings into study notes (Use Cornell Note-Taking, Dialectical Journal, or          

        Outlined and Paraphrased form)

    4. Maintain a JOURNAL as assignments are given.

    5. Analyze and organize information into graphic organizers.

    6. Construct timelines, political maps, and other thematic maps.

    7. Evaluate graphs, tables, maps, diagrams, primary sources, text, etc. to answer critical thinking


    8. Define key terms and/or take notes from videos, classroom discussions, overhead projections, etc.

    9. Complete section/chapter/unit review questions when assigned.

    10. Participate in class discussions.

    11. Write “Change Over Time” essays, “Compare and Contrast” essays, and “Document Based

          Questions” essays, (A minimum of five paragraphs following the Rule of “3’s” method.)

    12. Review maps, study notes, key terms, review questions, organizers and critical thinking assignments

          regularly to prepare for quizzes and tests.

    13. MYP Personal Project (required for ALL Sophomores).


    Assignments: Assignments must be submitted on time. Since a sufficient amount of time is allowed for a student to finish an assignment, LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED (70 will be the highest grade).


    Make Up Work: When absent from class, you are responsible for any missed assignment(s) - classwork, homework, quizzes, and/or tests. You have one week to turn in any missed assignment(s). Missed quizzes and tests are made up before or after school.


    Items that will be confiscated: (as per Dallas ISD Policy)

    1. Food, sodas, gum, permanent markers, cell phones, i-Phones, CD players, MP3 player, i-Pods, etc.  Unless permission is granted by teacher for a lesson, research or activity.

    2. Students may bring bottled water into the classroom. Bottles must be clear plastic with a screw cap.














    Topics Covered:


    1st Nine Weeks Grading Period:


    • PBIS
    • Neolithic Revolution and River Valley Civilizations (12 days)
    • Classical Civilizations (16 days)
    • Emerging Societies (14 days)




    2nd Nine Weeks Grading Period:


    •  Conflict and Trade (17 days)
    • Renaissance and Reformation (12 days)
    • Exploration and European Conquest (15 days)


    3rd Nine Weeks Grading Period:


    • Revolutions (12 days)
    • Industrial Revolution and Imperialism (12 days)
    • World War I (12 days)
    • Between the Wars (6 days)


    4th Nine Weeks Grading Period:

    • World War II (11 days)
    • Personal Project (15 days)
    • Cold War (11 days)
    • 20th / 21st Century Political / Social Issues (12 days)


    Tutoring: Scheduling an appointment is advisable.


    Google Classroom/ Schoology:  Teacher request, student must attend Google Classroom/ Schoology to make-up any assignment(s) or quiz.  In addition, student can request attending my class during Google Classroom/ Schoology


    Student Conduct: Dress code violations, tardiness and misbehaviors will be handled in accordance to the DISD Student Code of Conduct.


    Student Responsibilities:

    1. Be on time and prepared

    2. Be polite and respectful of others.

    3. Exert maxim effort toward assignments.

    4. Follow class, campus and district rules and procedures.

    5. Accept responsibility for your own actions and work area.





    Misbehavior Procedures:

    1. First Offense - Verbal warning

    2. Second Offense - Teacher-student conference

    3. Third Offense - Contact parent(s) or guardian(s) and/or 30 minute detention

    4. Forth Offense - Referral to counselor and/or parent conference at School

    5. Fifth Offense - Referral to administrator


    Student Conduct: Dress code violations, tardiness and misbehaviors will be handled in accordance to the DISD Student Code of Conduct.


    Good luck ; we all will have a great  new school year!!!