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Welcome to World Studies. This required 10 unit sophomore course explores world history since the 18th century. The eight units of the class include:

  • The Rise of Democracy
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • Imperialism 
  • World War 1 
  • The Rise of Dictators
  • World War II and the Holocaust
  • The Cold War 
  • The Emergence of New Nations

Students will learn about world history through a variety of means. In addition to traditional lectures and discussion, students will engage in class discussions and simulations to learn about particiular historical experiences. There will be an emphasis on reading carefully from the World Studies textbook, as well as primary and secondary sources. This is the first year that all students will have a Chromebooks. These tools will aid students in various types of history research, writing and classroom presentations.  

Each historical unit will last approximately four weeks. In addition to daily classwork and homework, students will have quizzes. At the end of units students will take both multiple choice and writing assessments. Grades will be based on the following percentages:

  • Homework Classwork 30%
  • Tests and Quizzes - 35%
  • Research and Writing 10%
  • Participation 10%
  • Final Exam -15%

To be successful in World Studies please:

  • Arrive on time, and be in your seat when the bell rings. 
  • Bring your textbook, notebook, Chromebook, pen or pencil each day.
  • Participate in class discussion by raising your hand. 
  • Turn off cell phones and personal electronic devices and put them away.
  • Be nice and work hard. 

If you do not follow these simple rules I will

  • Give you a warning.
  • Hold a detention.
  • Call your parents.
  • Send you to the office.

If you have an excused absence, you hae as many days to make up missed work as you missed class. If you need more help, just ask, and I'll be glad to find a time at lunch or after school to help you. 

Our classroom website will be helpful in accessing World Studies slideshows, presentations, handouts, and links to classroom activities. http://daveforrest.net/US

I am looking forward to working with you this year.

Mr. Forrest


© Dave Forrest 2014