World History


Mr. Jones


Office: Room 140


Course Description

World History is a survey course of the world’s prehistory to the present.  Obviously covering every person, event, or idea in this time period is impossible.  Even still, World History affords each to learn across cultures, to study the shared human past, and to develop the analytical skills necessary in contemporary society.


Why should we study history?

Ultimately history is the study of you.  The world around you today is the direct result of thousands of years of human history.  To know ourselves we must study what past peoples thought, what they said, and what they did. Only in the study of history will you truly know what it means to be human, what it means to be you.  History allows students to develop important communication and critical thinking skills, necessary for the global world where information, reliable and not, is readily available.  The study of the past informs you of names, dates, and events (truthfully, as much unnecessary information as you like), but it gives you the experiences of yesterday and tools necessary to make your world what you want it to be.


Course Grades

Tests/ Projects   25%

Daily work/ Homework  20%

Quizzes/ Papers 25%

Midterm/Final  10%

Current Events 10%

Daily Journal  10%


Course Materials

1)   Textbook:  McDougal, Littell. World History Patterns of Interaction New York: Rand McNally, 2006. .  Each student is responsible for the issued textbook, liable for the cost of a new textbook if the issued textbook is damaged or lost.

2)   Notebook:  Each student is required to keep a notebook. A three-ringed binder is recommendation, enabling the student to add or remove assignments and handouts.

3)   Each student will need as much paper and writing utensils as necessary.

4)   Composition Book or Spiral notebook for journal entries

5)   Colored 4 x 6 note cards  for vocabulary word wall

6)   Notebook dividers to use for journal entries, notes, graded work, graphic organizers