• Somerville High School

    World Studies

    Mr. Dougherty, Mr. Williamson


    Office Hours – Tuesday 2:30-3:30 and by appointment


    Office Hours – Monday-Thursday, 7:00-7:30am, Monday 2:30-3:30 in Media Center


    Welcome to World Studies!  Throughout the year, we will be using a variety of methods to learn about the significant events that have influenced World History and its people from the Renaissance to the current day.  Remember, this course is about YOU.  Therefore, it is important to be an active participant in this class.  Please read this document closely as it will be your roadmap to become a successful student in this class.


    Attendance:  Very important!  In keeping with the District’s Attendance Policy, should you reach sixteen (16) unexcused absences in the academic year, you may be required to make up the seat time you have missed using APEX, an online credit recovery system.  Please do yourself a favor in avoiding this issue.  Anytime that you are not in class, for whatever reason, please provide the appropriate documentation (doctor’s note, etc.) to the Health Office.  YOU are responsible to see me to make up any work that you have missed.  If you were absent on the day of a test, please see me immediately to schedule a make-up exam (3-day allowance max).


    Lateness:  Every time you are late for class, you interrupt your fellow classmates and myself in generating a strong environment for learning.  The rule is simple; come to class on time.  If you are habitually late to class, it will result in a teacher detention.  Should the lateness continue, it will be referred to the Administration for disciplinary points.


    Responsibility:  In addition to arriving to class on time, you must be ready to work.  This means that you are quietly sitting in your seat with a pen/pencil, along with your folder, notebook, textbook, school issued laptop and any necessary papers when the bell rings.  We will treat everyone in the classroom with the dignity and respect they deserve.  In addition, academic integrity (cheating, plagiarism, etc.) and respect of our classroom (garbage, desks, etc.) will be mandatory in producing a strong learning environment for all.  Use of cell phones, iPods, headphones will not be tolerated!  Lastly, Chromebooks will be used only for classwork during the class periods. Improper use will result in disciplinary consequences.

    Resources:  We will be using a wide variety of materials to explore the topics of this time period.  They will include, transparencies, primary sources, timelines, virtual field trips, WebQuests, PowerPoint presentations, video, audio and of course, the textbook.  Everyone will be expected to participate in role-playing, class discussions, oral presentations and other class activities.


    Textbook:  World History – Human Legacy by Holt. The number of the textbook assigned to the student in September must match when it is returned in June.  Fines will be assessed for lost/damaged books.



    Grades:  Please note: All students EARN grades; they are not given.  Your final marking period average will be determined through a “total point” system.  If there are 600 total available points for a marking period and a student earns 480, their average will be an 80%.  A student must receive a 65% or higher in order to pass this course and earn credit.


    Your marking period grade will be calculated by the following assessments:

    Tests – 80-120 possible points

    Projects – 50-80 possible points

    Quizzes – 30-70 possible points

    Classwork/Homework – 3-20 possible points


    Tests:  As we complete each topic, there will be a comprehensive test covering that material.  A brief review of the exam material will be covered the day before the exam.


    Final:  As this is a five-credit class, there will be a final exam.  Please note the final will cover material from the 3rd and 4th marking periods.


    Course Content:  This course will cover content on a month-to-month basis and will address the essential question outlined below.


    1. September – Renaissance – How did the Renaissance change daily life?
    2. October – Reformation – In what ways did events in Europe have far reaching effects?
    3. November – Enlightenment & European Revolution – What events may have led to social, economic or political change?
    4. December – Latin America – How did events in Europe influence Latin America?
    5. January – Imperialism – In what ways did imperialism affect current global affairs?
    6. February – The World Wars – What were the diverse outcomes of the World Wars?
    7. March – 20th Century – What global challenges arose after World War II?
    8. April – The Far East – How do the practices of traditional Asian cultures compare to current life in the Far East?
    9. May – The Middle East – How has conflict determined the course of events in the Middle East?
    10. June – Contemporary Issues – In what ways are everyday lives affected by global conflict?


    Final Note:  PLEASE keep this course syllabus in your folder for your records and share with your parent/guardian.  It is important that you are familiar with the policies of this course and what is expected of you.  I hope you are as excited as I am for this course…GOOD LUCK!