World History Syllabus


  • Course Title: World History
  • San Lorenzo High School
  • Prep Period: xxxx
  • Grades: 10-12
  • Voice Mail: xxxxxx
  • Instructor: Mr. Rodrigues
  • E-Mail: xxxxxx
  • Teacher Website:
  • Failure is not an option (Hope Foundation)

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Students in grade ten study the major turning points that shaped modern world history from the late eighteenth century through the present, and the cultures of selected peoples and their influence on today’s society. Students will also gain an understanding of the changing geo-political boundaries over time and trace the formation of major political ideologies and compare them to American democracy.


Topics covered include: Industrial Revolution, Imperialism, Nationalism, Totalitarianism, Wars in the 20th Century, The Cold War and Contemporary Issues.


  • 10.1 Students relate the moral and ethical principles in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, in Judaism, and in Christianity to the development of Western political thought.
  • 10.2 Students compare and contrast the Glorious Revolution of England, the American Revolution, and the French Revolution and their enduring effects worldwide on the political expectations for self-government and individual liberty.
  • 10.3 Students analyze the effects of the Industrial Revolution in England, France, Germany, Japan, and the United States.
  • 10.4 Students analyze patterns of global change in the era of New Imperialism in at least two of the following regions or countries: Africa, Southeast Asia, China, India, Latin America, and the Philippines.
  • 10.5 Students analyze the causes and course of the First World War.
  • 10.6 Students analyze the effects of the First World War.
  • 10.7 Students analyze the rise of totalitarian governments after World War I.
  • 10.8 Students analyze the causes and consequences of World War II.
  • 10.9 Students analyze the international developments in the post-World World War II world.
  • 10.10 Students analyze instances of nation-building in the contemporary world in at least two of the following regions or countries: the Middle East, Africa, Mexico and other parts of Latin America, and China.
  • 10.11 Students analyze the integration of countries into the world economy and the information, technological, and communications revolutions (e.g., television, satellites, and computers).


Text: World History; Publisher: Globe Fearon

Laptops: This is an e-Learning class. Laptops will be assigned for classroom use only to all students who have a District Internet Permission Form on file with the school.

Software: MS Office, MS Publisher, MS FrontPage, and other software as it becomes available.

Internet: available only to those students who have District Internet Permission Form on file with the school. The Internet will be used extensively for research projects.

Videos: A variety of videos are used to supplement units taught in the program.

Supplemental materials: Assorted workbooks, textbooks, web sites and related materials as they become available are used throughout the course to supplement the curriculum.

Should you have any questions or concerns about any of the Instructional Materials used in this course, please contact me at the above referenced number or E-mail address.


Grades are based on total points achieved on assignments. A participation grade is issued daily, and is affected by absences and tardiness.

The grading scale used is: A 90 +%; B 80 - 89%; C 70 - 79%; D 60 - 69%; F 0 - 59%.

Late assignments are not accepted without prior approval.


Homework is periodically assigned along with specific due dates. Original work is expected (a zero grade is issued for copied work). Late assignments are not accepted without prior approval.


See school policy in Student Handbook.

Basic classroom policy:

Attendance and Punctuality

  • You are expected to be in class everyday.
  • You are expected to be to class on time everyday.
  • All absences must be excused as per school policy or they will be recorded as cuts.
  • Poor attendance or excessive tardiness may result in you receiving a poor grade in class, as you will miss assignments and classroom discussion.
  • Your daily in-class participation grade will also be affected.


Regarding absences and extenuating circumstances, see school policy in Student Handbook. Extra credit is periodically issued. (Students will not pass the class based solely on the completion of these assignments!)


Students are expected to come to class prepared to work. They will need a notebook, lined paper, pencils and pens daily.


NOTE: We follow school rules and policies in this classroom.

The following are not allowed in the classroom:

  • Not being prepared for class.
  • Being habitually tardy to class.
  • Being habitually absent.
  • Behavior of any sort that is considered disrespectful, rude, obnoxious, dangerous or offensive, or violates established school policy.
  • The use of hair spray, make-up, brushes combs, etc.
  • Writing on or tagging any school or other's personal property.
  • Chewing gum, eating or drinking in class without permission (School policy!).
  • Horseplay of any sort.
  • Using the telephone without permission.
  • Using your cell phone (per District policy).
  • Cheating on tests or copying assignments from someone else.
  • Using the computer or going onto the Internet without permission (including your assigned laptop).
  • Using a laptop other than the one assigned to you without permission of the instructor.
  • Allowing someone else to use your laptop without the permission of the instructor.
  • Violation of the District Internet policy or school laptop policy.


  • Before school detention (served the next day).
  • Referral to your counselor or a school administrator.
  • Possible loss of class.
  • Possible loss of laptop and/or computer use in the classroom.
  • Others as determined by teacher, counselor or administration.
  • Participation
  • Active participation in all class sessions and assignments is expected on a daily basis.
  • You are expected to ask for help when necessary.


For students who need extra help (or just a quiet place to get work done), SLz’s Study Center is open every day at lunch and after school till 5 pm. Teachers and peer tutors are always available to help with assignments, check out laptops, and sell school supplies. The Study Center is in room xx, which you can reach directly by calling 317-xxxx after 3:15.

Dear parents/guardians,

This class syllabus is for your review. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the referenced phone number or via e-mail. Also, should you have e-mail access, please send me a blank e-mail so that I can save your address. By doing so, I will be able to communicate directly with you on your student's progress.

Thank you, Mr. Rodrigues

Class: World History

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Please have your student return this form by Friday.