IB History SL Course Policies and Expectations




 Instructor:   Ms. Salisbury                                                            Email:  tsalisbury@portageps.org

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Course Description:

IB 20th Century World History is a year-long rigorous course that engages students in an analytical approach to world history.  With this study, students will grasp an in-depth understanding of many of the most prominent events in modern world history.  The course focuses heavily on reading and writing to encourage the development of historiographical skills.   


Course Schedule:

Unit 1 – World War I  
Unit 2 – The Russian Revolution
Unit 3 – The Rise and Rule of Joseph Stalin in the Soviet Union
Unit 4 – The Rise and Rule of Mao Zedong in China
Unit 5 – Rights and Protest 
Unit 6 – Paper Two Case Study

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 thoughtfully engage and to 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. 


Textbooks and Other Materials:

Students will receive various textbooks throughout the course.  They may also receive photocopies of readings and/or will be directed to electronic sources in order to supplement the textbook and in-class instruction.  Print resources and computers are available to students in the media center before, during, and after-school.  Students will also benefit from access to a dictionary at home as they read assigned materials.  A binder or folder and notebook for the class are strongly suggested.  All students may find a text on historical writing skills helpful, especially those taking the IB History exams.  See this page for a popular title.


Google Site:

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


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:

It is expected that students will bring their Chromebooks to class each day, although these devices should be stored until permission to use them has been given.  Cell phones should always be silenced and stored out of sight.  Any device use must be consistent with our school electronic device policy (see handbook), and must maintain fidelity to the purpose for which permission was granted.  Failure to abide by our classroom or school policies will result in an administrative referral on the first offense, and may also result in the suspension of device privileges in our classroom indefinitely. 


Academic Integrity:

In our first week of class, we will review IB, school, 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 documented with 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%.

Students are expected to keep all assignments.  Grade changes will not be made without access to the original assignment.    Additionally, assignments will serve as a review tool at the end of the semester. 

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 student’s responsibility to inquire about make-up work.  This should be done by checking the class record, which is located in a binder in our classroom.  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. 

One 24 hour, no questions asked extension will be granted to every student each semester.  This extension may only be used on individual homework assignments that, when incomplete, will not disrupt the operation of our classroom.  Examples of situations where a 24 hour extension will not be granted include, but are not limited to, group projects, standardized tests, and individual presentations.  If the assignment was due on a Friday, the student must submit the assignment by email within the 24 hour extension period to waive the late penalty.  Students must request an extension in person before or after class, and may not withdraw his or her request once an extension has been granted.   

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. 


The IB Internal Assessment:

The IB Internal Assessment is a required component of this course for all students.  In History, the Internal Assessment is a formal research paper.  The first draft of this paper will count toward 80% of the first semester final exam grade and an oral presentation of the research will constitute the remaining 20%.  The final draft of the paper will be assigned as a one hundred point assessment in the third marking period. 


The IB Exam:

The IB History SL examination is given in May each year to students pursuing the IB Diploma.  Success on this examination requires faithful study and a significant time commitment outside of class.  For more information about the IB Diploma Program or about IB examinations, please see Mr. Lancaster.