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European History Policies and Expectations

Instructor:   Ms. Salisbury                                  Email:

Google          Voicemail:  323-5308     Room:  2124

Course Description & Expectations:

European History examines the social, political, and economic transformation of Europe beginning with a review of world history to the fall of Rome and ending with the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century.  This course is also designed to engage students in the world of historiography, including primary and secondary source analysis.  In order to succeed in this course, students are expected to engage with course concepts both inside and outside of the classroom. 

Course Schedule:

Unit 1 – World History Primer
Unit 2 – Medieval Europe
Unit 3 – The Renaissance and Reformation
Unit 4 – The Enlightenment
Unit 5 – Absolutism and the Monarchs of Europe
Unit 6 – Exploration and Expansion
Unit 7 – War and Revolution
Unit 8 – The Industrial Revolution

Textbooks and Other Materials:

·    Miller, Sue, ed.  World History:  The Human Journey,  Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 2005.

·    Selections from Kishlansky, Mark A., ed.  Sources of World History:  Readings for World Civilization, Volume II,   Addison-     Wesley Educational Publishers Inc., 1995.

·    Students will receive photocopies and/or will be directed to electronic sources for supplemental readings.

·    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. 

·    Use of binder or folder and notebook for the class is strongly encouraged. 

Google Site:

Important course information and certain materials will be posted on our class website.  To view uploaded contents on the site, you must be logged in using your Portage account information. 

Classroom Policies:     

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 diversity of opinion.  Be an active and considerate participant in our classroom. 

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

Personal Electronic Devices:

Personal electronic devices (e.g. cell phones, tablets, laptops, etc) 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:

In our first week of class, we will review school policies and classroom policies relating to academic dishonesty.  You are responsible for understanding these policies and abiding by them.  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 to one of the two 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 assigned to the responsibility category is given a weight of 30%.  

Extra credit is not a planned component in this course.

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.  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.