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European History Course Policies and Expectations

What to Expect:

 This course provides the type of academic rigor that will serve all students well for their collegiate experience.  Students are expected to study and work independently outside of class time to supplement instruction.  The expectations for this course are high and the rewards will be commensurate for those who are willing to put forth their best efforts both inside and outside of the classroom. 

Course Schedule:

 Unit 1:  Foundations of History 

Unit 2:  Medieval Europe 

Unit 3:  The Renaissance and Reformation

Unit 4:  Exploration and Expansion

Unit 5:  Monarchies

Unit 6:  The Enlightenment

Unit 7:  The French Revolution

Unit 8:  The Industrial Revolution

Textbooks and Other Materials:

World History:  The Human Journey, 1st Edition, Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 2005. 

Kishlansky, Mark A., ed.  Sources of the West:  Readings in Western Civilization:  From 1600 to the Present, 3rd Edition, Addison-Wesley, 1997.

Students will be directed to electronic sources in order to supplement the textbook and in-class instruction.  Students may request copies of these electronic sources or print them in the media center, if they prefer a paper copy.  In addition, students are required to read the newspaper either in hand or online on a regular basis. Newspapers and computers are available to students in the media center before, during, and after-school.  Media center access ensures that all students can complete required assignments and readings on time.  A binder or folder and notebook for the class is strongly suggested.

Our Course Website:

Important course information and certain materials will be posted on my website.  Although my website is a useful resource, please do not rely on this information alone.  Always check with me in case the schedule or an assignment has changed. 

Instructional Methods:

Outside of our content standards, two very important goals for this course are 1) to teach you how to think critically; and 2) to teach you how to express your understanding in a variety of ways (including writing, speaking, and creative projects). 

Instruction will be delivered in many different formats including lecture, Socratic seminar, collaborative activities, online activities, and independent study time.  The time we have together in the classroom is valuable, and every minute will be used.

Classroom Policies:

Every individual is entitled to a positive educational experience.  In order to create an environment that meets this expectation, please abide by the following policies as well as those located in your student handbook:            

1.  Respect yourself:  Maintain a positive attitude and uphold a high standard of integrity.  Engage and challenge yourself!

2.  Respect others:  Value the diversity of opinions.  Be an active and considerate participant in our classroom.*  

3.  Respect the learning environment:  Come to class prepared, on time, and ready to learn! 

*Personal electronic devices should be turned off and remain out of sight unless specific permission is granted.  Failure to abide by this policy will result in an administrative referral.    

Academic Integrity:

Meaningful learning occurs when a student is challenged to work through complex academic problems.  It is not acceptable to give up when facing academic adversity, nor is it ever acceptable to take credit for the hard work of others.  All incidents of academic malpractice (including but not limited to cheating, collusion, and plagiarism) are taken very seriously and will be reported to administration.  See the school handbook for more specific information.  

Grading and Evaluation:

 All grades for the course will be assigned one of the following categories:  Assessment or Responsibility.  The assessment category includes but is not limited to tests, quizzes, papers, and projects and will be given a weight of 70%.  The responsibility category includes participation based assignments like homework, in-class discussion, and notebook checks.  Anything in the responsibility category is given a weight of 30%.  

Most exams will consist of multiple-choice questions and essays.  Papers and projects may also be assigned periodically.  Additionally, there will be quizzes (announced and unannounced) given throughout the semester.  Constant emphasis will be placed on reading, writing, and critical thinking. 

Extra credit is not a planned component in this course.

Students should keep all assignments; they are an essential review tool.  Additionally, Grade changes will not be made without access to the original assignment.

Make-up and Late Work Policy:

In the event of an excused-absence, it is the responsibility of the student to inquire about make-up work.  This should be done outside of class time.  Students will not be given credit for make-up assignments submitted after the extension deadline.  Per school policy, if an absence is unexcused, the student will receive a zero for any assignments missed. 

Any assignment turned in after the due date without an approved extension will be subject to a point deduction.  If turned in one day late, the student will earn a maximum of 75% credit on the assignment.  Assignments turned in two to four days late will receive a maximum of 50% credit.  Assignments will not be accepted for credit beyond four days late.