• Syllabus—World History 2017-2018

    Mr. Nelms


    Social studies are an important component in creating educated, responsible citizens who can effectively participate in our democratic system.

    Course Information

    Full year course intended to be taken in the 11th grade

    1 Social Studies credit 


    Teacher Information

    I have 1st hour planning from 7:20 – 8:15.  Please call me at 591-5539 or my email is knelms@carman.k12.mi.us.  Email is the easiest way for me to respond, but your phone calls are always welcome. 


    Text and Student Supplies

    The textbook students will use is World History, Prentice Hall, 2009.  Students will need a notebook for each semester to keep all their work in. 


    As students study World History, they will learn about the human experience over time and space.  They will encounter powerful and sometimes conflicting ideas while learning about people and events in different places and times.  They will investigate our diverse and common traditions, and work to understand the complex interactions among various environmental, human and social forces that have influenced and continues to influence us.  Studying World History connects us to people and events across time and space, illuminating the range and depth of human experience on grand as well as local scales.


    Students will be able to understand, analyze, and interpret historical movements and events to help them better understand and make sense of the world we live in today.


    Activities will include but are not limited to:

    1.      Class lectures, powerpoints, and reading.

    2.      Note taking; class discussion; read articles; interpret cartoons, charts, graphs; and answer questions.

    3.      Skill building activities - mapping, graphing, identifying perspective, reading skill reinforcement.

    4.      Writing for understanding - This writing includes assignments such as a position paper regarding a significant social studies issue. 


    Graduation Requirements

    All students must earn 24 credits to graduate.  This means that you may not fail any semester (1/2 credit) to graduate on time.  Those who do fail any semester may take summer or night classes to make up those lost credits.




    My Basic Feelings Regarding Class

    1.      Each day when you attend class, you and I are making a 60-minute commitment to social studies.  I expect you to be focused and prepared.

    2.      Treating people with dignity is important.  Please use terms like “please,” “thank you,” and “excuse me” when appropriate.  This will help create the atmosphere of respect and tolerance that most students desire.

    3.      Disrespectful behavior is not uncommon.  It is painful to see and hear how students treat each other and occasionally me.  I expect that you will treat all people with respect while you are in my class.



    Marking Period Grades will be calculated on a cumulative basis (meaning you will have a running grade for the three marking periods).

    Semester grades will be determined by: 80% cumulative semester grade and 20% - semester exam



    Grading scale:   A    =  93-100 %           B-  = 80-82 %              D+ = 67-69 %

                                     A-     =  90-93 %              C+ = 77-79 %               D   = 63-66 %

                       B+  =  87-89 %             C   = 73-76 %               D-  = 60-62 %

     B    =  83-86 %             C-  =  70-72 %



    Assignment guidelines

    1.     Homework:  homework assignments of various lengths will be given. 

    2.      Late work:  I will accept late work for any missing assignments up to the week before Semester exams.
    3.      Getting assignments after absences:   I will get with the students before class to give any work that has been missed from an absence.


    Tardy and Absence Policy

    Expect me to be very consistent in following the school policies regarding tardiness and absences.  When the late bell rings, sit in your seat and get ready for instructions.  If you are not in your seat you may be marked tardy.  I will follow school policies strictly in order to be as predictable and consistent as possible.  This should avoid any problems regarding favoritism.  Experience leads me to believe that excessive absences will cause your grade to suffer.  Additionally, if you are frequently more than 5 minutes tardy, expect me to be upset.  Each time you are excessively late I must redo attendance which takes time away from the rest of the class and interrupts instruction.




    Tardy Penalty—During EACH SEMESTER:

     1st, 2nd, 3rd tardy—no penalty

     4th tardy – 8th tardy will result in Lunch Detention (p. 16 of Student Handbook)


    Excuse Absences

    Call the attendance office (591-3243) to excuse an absence.


    Field Trips

    ·         I will sign field trip permission slips as long as students have a passing grade in my class (60%).



    The basic rule is do not disrupt our class.  Beyond this I am reasonably flexible and patient.  I enjoy the company of students and will make an effort to get to know you on a personal level.  However, I have little patience for students who are rude, interrupt others, or disrupt the learning environment.  Misbehavior will result in:

    1.      conference between myself and the student

    2.      referral to the assistant principal’s office

    3.      gross misconduct-sent immediately to the principal’s office


    Classroom Procedures and Policies:

    1.      Please do not bring food, drinks, or candy to class.

    2.      Be prepared.  Bring your textbook, notebook, and a black or blue pen (no gel pens) or pencil to class every day.

    3.      Keep a notebook with all assignments, notes, and handouts in it. 

    4.      Sit in your seat when the bell rings and begin the “starter activity” that is on the board or overhead.

    5.      At the end of class, stay in your seat until the bell rings. 

    6.      Participate-it will make this class a more enriching experience for us all.

    7.      Respect yourself, all people, all materials, and all furnishings in class.

    8.      Regarding housekeeping:  I will pick up after you at times, but it is not a professional pursuit of mineJ.  Please pick up any paper (and other stuff) off the floor and throw it in the basket before the end of the hour.



    Academic Integrity

    All students have the right to take tests and quizzes in an environment that allows them to concentrate and do their best work.  Students who disrupt the testing process will have their test/quiz score reduced by 10% or lose participation points.  Students caught cheating one time will receive a failing grade for that test/quiz.  If you are caught cheating again you will be referred to the office and I will contact your parents.


    Technology Usage

    All students must have a signed “Acceptable Use Practices” (AUP) on file in the media center.  In order to use computers in the media center, students must have their AUP cards.



    Please show and explain this to your parents/guardians.


    My student has shown me this syllabus.   He/she has read the entire syllabus and understands it.  BY RETURNING THIS SIGNED SLIP ON TIME, YOUR STUDENT WILL EARN 10 POINTS.


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