Course: Global History III, IV
Instructor: Ms. Johnson
Welcome to Global III and IV!
Global III and IV will be a comprehensive study of world history from the 15th century to the present. Throughout the course we will examine many cultures from historical, artistic, philosophical, social, religious, literary and political perspectives while we look at the connections between the past and present, and possibilities for the future. Events and decisions in history have brought us to where we are today, and we need to apply the successes of the past and not repeat the mistakes in order to make a peaceful and prosperous transition in the 21st century. Students will take the Global Regents Examination at the end of the 10th grade year (the exam will cover the material from both 9th and 10th grade global courses). You will also take a 3 hour Final Exam in January, which will cover content from the 9th grade, all we have learned this year, and which will have two essays - a thematic essay and a DBQ essay.
regentsprep.org - has mutliple choice questions that explain why your answer was right or wrong (all taken from previous Regents questions). It also gives examples of previous thematic and DBQ essay questions.
Youtube.com - has fun historical videos set to pop songs. Google Lady Gaga and the French Revolution to find the list.
Powerpointpalooza.com - has many of the power points we will see in class and more. Power points will also be posted on this website at the end of these information pages.
The Age of Exploration (including the role of the Ottoman Empire and Zheng He/Ming Dynasty)
The Encounter (Europe, the Americas and Africa)/Columbian Exchange
The Age of Absolutism (Absolute/Divine Right Monarchy) - Focus on the English Civil War and the Rights of Englishmen, Peter the Great and the westernization of Russia, Spain's Gold Age under the rule of Ferdinand and Isabella, and Louis XIV of France - "the Sun King"
The Scientific Revolution
The French Revolution
Napoleon ("Child of the Revolution") and the consequent Congress of Vienna
Nationalism – focus on Haiti, Latin America, Italy, Germany
Industrial Revolution and reactions (rise of middle class, worker's rights, Irish potato famine, economic theory - Adam Smith and capitalism vs. Karl Marx and communism)
African history, religion, geography
Imperialism (reasons and methods, African Imperialism, independence movements, apartheid; Indian imperialism - review Indian history, religion, geography, reasons and methods, Gandhi, partition of India and Pakistan; Chinese imperialism - review of history, philosophy, geography, reasons and methods, independence movements, communism and Mao, modern China; Japanese Imperialism (review of history, religion, geography, Commodore Perry, Meiji Restoration, modern Japan).
World War I
The Russian Revolution (focus on Nicholas II, Lenin, Stalin)
Post WWI and the rise of totalitarian regimes
World War II
Post WWII colonial revolts and the rebirth of self-determinism
The Cold War
The Post-Cold War Era (Russia, Iranian Revolution, Arab-Israel conflicts, Iraq War, Afghanistan, Egypt, Syria, terrorism)
Globalization and challenges for the global community (political, economic, environmental)
Key Skills to Develop:
We will develop, hone and enhance the skills learned in 9th grade Global studies.
Effective note-taking and outlining
Essay writing – Thematic and DBQ
Informal writing – idea gathering
Crticial Analysis/Compare and Contrast viewpoints in history
Book Report - major person/event in world history
Research Project/Cold War (spring semester)
Extracting the main ideas from textbook, documents
Detecting cause-and-effect relationships
Evaluating conflicting sources and interpretations
Making connections, recognizing patterns, and identifying themes about world history from a broad variety of primary and secondary sources
Interpreting documents, text, photos, cartoons, graphs, maps and other visual images
- Three-ring binder(s) as term portfolio – students are required to keep an organized, chronological binder which will contain class notes, handouts, homework assignments, essays, group projects, and the term project. Because we will use many handouts as supplements to the textbook, it is vital (and required) to have this type of notebook. Binders will be evaluated and assigned a grade at the end of each unit (every 2-3 weeks).
2. No late homework, projects and essays will be accepted. Late assignments will receive a “zero” grade. Students who complete their homework excel on quizzes, exams and the Regents exam in June. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to speak to me and to get your make-up work (after school). Students who do not do homework and/or fail an exam will be required to come for after school tutoring. All homework assignments and grades will be posted on Skedula (Pupilpath).
3. Lateness and absences affect not only the late or absent student, but the whole class, because we all depend on each other’s insights and contributions to class discussions. Therefore, an absence or lateness must be justified with a note from the parent, guardian, principal or guidance counselor.
4. Organization and neatness is vital! A three-ring binder is required to pass!
5. **Class participation – there is a zero tolerance policy for disrupting the learning of other students. If you decide to waste our time, you will be issued a pink slip. If the disruption continues, you will be sent to the dean and your parent or guardian will be called. If the behavior persists, your parent or guardian will be required to come to the school for a meeting. The Global Regents exam in June is very difficult, and it is not fair for a student to hinder another student’s ability to earn a high score on this test. Remember, 10% of your grade is based on participation.
Lined, white, three-hole college rule paper
Pens (blue or black ink)
Students are required to bring the above materials to class each day
Students will not be required to bring their textbooks to class.
(Textbooks: World History: Connections to Today, Global History and Geography ; Glencoe Regents Review book).
*Tests (including essays and booklet projects) - 50% - If you are absent on a test day, you must bring a doctor's note in order to make-up the exam.
*Class Participation: 10% (this includes in-class behavior, attendance, being prepared for class with a pen, paper and binder, and getting to work immediately, participating in class discussions, checking your Pupilpath, coming to tutoring)
Tutoring is available every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:00-3:45 in room 339-b. Tutoring will be required if I request that you attend. Failure to report to tutoring will result in a call to your parent or guardian.
You are required to watch are write reports on 2 films: Gandhi and Hotel Rwanda. Do not write a summary of the film. Discuss historical figures, events, clothing, or any aspect of the culture. This needs to be creative/informal, but must also be an organized piece of writing that includes meaningful details. It is easy to judge if a student looked-up a film analysis on the internet, and if I suspect this I will meet with you to have a discussion about the film. Make it a fun evening - have popcorn with a friend and take notes during the film. My webpage has a list of suggestions and descriptions about historical films. If you have another historical film in mind, clear it with me first.
*Gandhi (required) - Epic story about Gandhi, who led India's struggle against Britain for independence
*Hotel Rwanda (required) - Genocide in South Africa between two African ethic groups in the 1990's.
The Name of the Rose - one of my favorite murder mysteries. It's set in a medieval monastery.
Romeo and Juliette - Renaissance Tragedy of two young lovers.
Luther - excellent movie about the Protestant Reformation.
Elizabeth - make sure it stars Cate Blanchett. Story of Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry the VIII (England).
Marie Antoinette - rock and roll version of one of the most interesting women in history, who helped bring about the French Revolution.
A Tale of Two Cities - story of the French Revolution.
Les Miserables - stoy of the injustices of the citizens in France on the eve of the French Revolution.
Napoleon - epic about the rise and fall of the great man who led France after the Revolution.
The Three Muskateers - Chivalary continues in 18th century France.
Oliver - Charle's Dicken's story of Victorian England during the industrial revolution and the effects on one young boy. There is a musical version and a dramatic version.
Amazing Grace - tells the story of the abolition of slavery in England in the 18th century.
The Missionary - beautiful movie about missionaries in South America in the 18th century.
The Last Samurai - Japan's modernization during the Meiji era in the 19th century, starring Tom Cruise.
All Quiet on the Western Front - World War One in the trenches.
The Last Emperor - an epic about the fall of the late Chinese emperor to the nationalists
Nicholas and Alexander - story of the last Tsar or Russia and his family, who were murdered during the communist revolution in Russia.
Dr. Zhivago - epic story of the Russian Revolution and the affects it had on a Russian family
Schindler's List - Speilberg's epic about the Holocaust
The Pianist - Holocaust story of a pianist who survives the Holocaust.
Life is Beautiful - story of an Italian-Jewish father and son sent to a concentration camp.
Nuremberg - starring Alec Baldwin, this film is a true stroy about the first international court, when the Nazi's were put on trial for war crimes following WWII.
Enemy at the Gates - starring Jude Law, the story of a Russian sniper during the Battle of Stalengrad (against the Nazis).
The Killing Fields - story of Cambodia after the Vietnam War when communist dictator, Pol Pot and his men, the Khymer Rouge, killed thousands and brainwashed youngsters in an effort to make the nation forget the past and live under his new communist system. One of my favorites!!
Platoon - Vietnam War
Apocalypse Now - Vietnam War
Invictus - moving sports movie about Nelson Mandela's work to create a non-racial South African nation.
Sarafina - Whoopie Goldberg plays an activist trying to bring an end to Apartheid in South Africa.
Last King of Scotland - film about the cruel dictatorship of Idi Amin (Uganda, Africa) in the 1980's.
There is one rule: Don't disrupt the learning of others nor yourself
Many things fall under this rule:
No cell phone, i-pod, texting. If you are caught using any of these devices, you must surrender it/them immediately. No discussion. It will be returned at the end of class. Resistance to surrendering your electronic device will result in it being taken by someone from the front office and your parent/guardian will need to come it to retrieve it.
Bathroom – There is no bathroom pass. We have too much to do in Global. Please go to the bathroom before class (especially on days when we meet after lunch. Budget time during your lunch break to go to the bathroom). NO EXCEPTIONS!
Seating- if you are asked to change your seat, you must. There is to be no discussion. Any time wasted debating this issue will result in a visit to the dean's office and a pink slip.
Food – no food/sodas are allowed in the classroom. Bottled water is encouraged.
Clear Desk/Lap - all handbags, coats, etc. must be hung from your chair-back, put in the basket under your desk or set on the floor next to your desk. Nothing is allowed to be on your lap or desktop. This will prevent the temptation of texting, putting on lotion, etc., and will allow you to focus on the lesson. No discussion.
Global is hard work, but we will have a rewarding time together if we stay focused and follow the rules. Right now everyone has an "A" - let's work to keep it that way! I arrive at school early every day, and if you need anything I am here for you! Be good to yourself and do your best! To know global history is to be a citizen of the world. To understand the past is to understand the present and the future. If one doesn't know history he/she is like a leaf who doesn't realize he/she is attached to a tree.