World History 1 2012 - 2013
Mr. Robert Vergara (415) 731-7500 ext. 785
Office Hours: 7:45-8:20 am Monday through Thursday in Room 317. Please feel free to make arrangements to see me at another time if these hours do not work for you.
This survey course covers over four million years of history, from prehistory to the Industrial Revolution. We will fo- cus on specific areas to study in-depth, while other areas will be reviewed as survey material. In addition to learning the content material, this course is about learning how to do history through problem solving, working in learning communities, and realizing one's own responsibility to the global community.
After completing this course, a student will:
1. Express himself or herself more confidently by actively participating in class activities and discussions. 2. Use the content of world history to critically think, read and write. 3. Appreciate learning by making personal connections to coursework and class members. 4. Master collaboration and listening skills to help foster a community where all members feel safe to explore their curiosities and develop intellectually. 5. Effectively use the essential questions to make connections across time periods and cultures. 6. Identify and appreciate the impact and contributions various societies have had on the world and our own soci- ety. 7. Use the comparative approach to understand human similarities while fostering an appreciation for cultural vari- ability. 8. Master organizational, note taking, and study skills.
1. A three-ring binder devoted exclusively to World History 1. It is to be used to maintain homework notes, class notes, tests, quizzes, and handouts. 2. College-ruled loose leaf binder paper (in the binder). 3. Pens (blue or black ink) and #2 pencils. 4. Your iPad with the text: World History: Patterns of Interaction. 5. An inexpensive set of markers or colored pencils to be donated to the classroom set that will be used by every- one throughout the year.
Students are required to read their text on a nightly basis and take thorough notes. The purpose of taking notes on a nightly basis is to master organizational and note-taking skills, be prepared for class discussion and tests, and rein- force the content covered in class each day. Homework notes will be checked periodically for completion.
Papers and activities (both group and individual) will be assigned for special topics.
Homework assignments are due at the beginning of the class period.
Grading will be on a point system. The following percentage scale will be used:
A 93% - 100% A- 90% - 92% B+ 87% - 89% B 83% - 86% B- 80% - 82% C+ 77% - 79% C 73% - 76% C- 70% - 72% D+ 67% - 69% D 63% - 66% D- 60% - 62% F 59% and Below
While there is no extra-credit work, your "academic citizenship" (see below) may help raise a grade...