I was thinking it would be a good idea for us experienced teachers to share our syllabi with those new teachers and for those new teachers to pst thiers here for advice. So here is mine: Course Syllabus MHS Social Studies Department Western Civilization I Honors 2007-2008 Instructor: Room: E-mail: Phone: Course Description: This course will give students an historical survey of the development of Western Civilization from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment. Learning strategies based on performance objectives stress the development of critical thinking skills and the clarification of values important to a democratic society. Students can also expect to refine and improve writing and research skills, including the reading of various primary documents. Substantive outside class reading and writing will be required at the honors level. Students recommended for the honors level should be earning at least a 90 in 8th Grade Social Studies and demonstrate exceptional reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. Major Course Units: • The Study of History • Ancient Rome and Greece • Comparative Religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. • Communalism to Feudalism: The Middle Ages • Feudalism to Individualism: The High Middle Ages • The Reformation and Counter Reformation • The Renaissance • The Age of Exploration • The Scientific Revolution • The Enlightenment Course Goals: • To organize oneself and one’s materials. • To learn how to properly write a large paper for history. • To understand the concept of cause and effect. As well as the effect Western Civilization has had on the United States. • To examine and understand the similarities and differences between the religions of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. • To understand the past social systems of Europe and how they developed into the social system of the United States today. • To analyze the reasons behind the Catholic Reformation and the new religions created by it. • To understand the impacts that the Renaissance, Age of Exploration, and Scientific Revolution have had on our world. • To understand the ethics of various societies and religions. Student Supplies: Students are required to come prepared to class each day with the following supplies: • 1.5-2 inch 3-ring binder for this class only (Make sure it will last the whole year.) • 20 Plastic Sheet Protectors • A supply of 8.5” by 11” loose-leaf paper for binder. • Student Agenda • Optional: Crayons, Colored Pencils, Rulers, Markers, Art Paper, etc. for special projects (I only have a limited supply.) Late Work and Make-up Work: Students have one week to make up all missed work due to an absence, after that is a zero. This includes quizzes, tests, and assignments. Please make arrangements to see me when you are absent. Late work not due to an excused absence looses 10% per day late. Assignments turned in that same school day, but no when the assignment was collected, loose 5%.A note on plagiarism: Plagiarism will not be tolerated. In the even of plagiarism, parents and the administration will be notified. Students will be able to make up the assignment for a 30% reduction in grade. Second offenses result in an automatic zero. Attendance: Please maintain regular attendance to class, often our activities cannot be recreated for makeup work. Keep in mind that after 9 absences (in one term) from this curse you will begin to loose credit and 4 tardies total an absence .Any student not in their seat by the tardy bell will be marked absent and if they come in after that they will be marked tardy. Behavior and Conduct: I expect students to behave in a proper manner by respecting all school rules, property, teachers, and other students. Please no swearing, touching materials without permission, writing on my board with out permission, or going in my desk. Violations in school rules or disrespectful remarks towards anyone or anything will result in a detention or possible referral. We do a lot of fun hands on activities, projects and games in this course, if you do not behave appropriately during our fun activities, we will stop and go straight to book work, end of story! On a more positive note, I do hand out candy, prizes, stickers, and homework passes to good students! Grading: Course grades will be determined using the following categories: -Tests: 40% -Quizzes: 20% -Homework and Class work: 30% -Unit Binder Checks 10% Each quarter grade of this course is worth 40% of the overall course grade with the final exam being weighted as 20% of the overall course grade. Tests are weighted as 40% of the term grade, major projects and papers also fit into this category. Students can expect a test or major assignment (projects/papers) every 1-2 weeks, with about 6-8 major assignments per quarter. A day of review is also done before each test. Tests usually compose of multiple choice, modified true/false, identifications, a few extra credit, and short answer questions with one essay question. All test grades, including projects and papers that are graded using a rubric are worth 100 points. Quizzes are weighed as 20% of the term grade; you can expect approximately 1-2 quizzes within each unit, medium sized projects and essays also fit into this category. Regular quizzes consist of five open response questions that cover a set of course notes. Quiz grades are also out of 100 points. Quizzes can also be announced or unannounced. Homework and classwork is weighted 30% of the term grade, with small projects and essays also fitting into this category. Homework is either checked or collected on the day it is due. Regular assignments will be spot checked out of 10 points, while graded assignments are usually in the 20-40 point range. Classwork will sometimes be checked or graded, but is subject to the same point values. A weekly syllabus will be handed out for students to consult with regarding assignments, due dates, and other information. Unit binder checks are weighted as 10% of your tem grade. You are expected to maintain you binder according to the posted table of contents on the board. Please keep all papers in this order and use your sheet protectors to hold each unit’s cover page. Following each unit’s cover page should be that units table of contents page listing all assignments for that unit. Binders will be graded at the end of each unit. Miscellaneous Information: • Never put anything on my desk, ever! • If you are not in the room and need to turn an assignment in place it in the “turn-in” box. • I will do my best to return daily assignments and quizzes by the next class period, smaller projects/essays within two days, tests within three days, and larger papers/projects within a week. • Respect me and I will respect you. • Participate in all classroom activities (we do a lot of act it outs and plays!) and your grade will be affected positively. • I revere the right to add to this syllabus at any time. • I will go over the layout of our classroom and a basic tour during our first class meetings.