4th Period Planning
James F. Byrnes Freshman Academy
Course Description: Global Studies I is a chronological study of the world from the development of civilization through Enlightenment. The course focuses on the history of early civilizations, empires of the ancient world and classical civilizations, and changes and developments in civilizations around the world to c. 1800. Geography skills and connections to the present are strong components of the course, with relevant economic, political, cultural and geographical content interwoven in the curriculum.
A Note on Course Content: As we study ancient world history, we will also study world religions. Our purpose in doing so is to explore how these religions have played a part in shaping the history of our world. All religions are afforded equal respect in the classroom.
Text(s): Glencoe World History by Jackson J. Spielvogel. We will also be using various supplemental readings and materials. Students will be responsible for keeping up with their own book. If lost, students will be charged the current state department price.
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1st Nine Weeks
2nd Nine Weeks
Grading: Everything you do in this class will be for a grade. Do not ask me if it is for a grade or not. Everything we will do has a purpose towards the class. To see your current grade please log into the parent portal using you’re your login. If you do not have one, you will need to go to the front office to receive one.
Grading Scale: For each assignment there will be a total amount of points possible. The grade will be the points awarded over points possible. Each nine-week grade will be worth 40% and the final exam will be worth 20% of your final grade.
- Test and major assignments 40%
- Quiz Grades 20%
- Daily 20%
- Homework 10%
- Participation 10%
Every Friday we will focus on two things, a weekly quiz and airtime. The quiz will be based on the week’s material covered. It could range from multiple-choice, short answer, matching, or short essay questions. After the quiz each student will be required to read after the quiz and 15 after the last quiz has been turned in. After reading, each student will log how many pages that they have read and complete a short summary of what they have read. This log will count as a major test grade at the end of each nine weeks.
Student Records: Student records, such as attendance and grades, are maintained in a grade book and in a computer program. If the student wishes to challenge a grade, he/she must have the graded assignment with him/her.
Assignments: All assignments will be turned in/collected at the beginning of class in the red coca-cola box. Anything after will be considered late.
Late Work Policy: No late homework will be accepted. Late major assignments will be penalized one letter grade every two days. After six days the assignment will no longer be accepted.
Make Up Work: Make up work must be completed within five school days of the last excused absence. Due to year round coaching responsibility’s you will need to see me to make an appointment to make up a test or a quiz. It is the student’s responsibility to get all other make-up work from the teacher.
Communication With Parents:
- A copy of the course syllabus.
- Interim reports send by the teacher and the school.
- Report cards at the end of each nine-week period.
- Phone calls or conferences as dictated by student needs.
- A teacher web page will be maintained.
- If and when you go to the bathroom you will need to sign out on the board on the back of the room. If you go more than five times in a nine weeks I will contact home and involve the administration if necessary.
- Be in your seat when the bell rings…tardies will be marked and enforced. Sign in to the clipboard by the door if you are late.
- Show respect to your teacher, your classmates, and above all, yourself.
- No FOOD or DRINKS in the classroom. You may have a twist top bottle only…no cans or lids. You will be asked to put it away or throw away.
- Keep the classroom neat and clean at all times. Actions will be taken by the teacher if necessary.
- Sit in your assigned seat at all times. Only the teacher will move seats. If you have a problem please talk to me before or after the class.
- Do not leave the classroom without permission. Discipline will be enforced.
- No cell phones at any times. Handbook policy will be enforced at all times.
- The school discipline policy will be strictly enforced. See the school handbook for more information
Adjustment: I hold the right to change the current syllabus.