• Global History and Geography  9R
    Ms. Alvarez-Mazzella Room 140
    Extra Help Thursday at 7:05 a.m. in Room 140
    Textbook: World History (Pearson: Prentice Hall; 2011)


    Course Philosophy:

    Global History and Geography 9R is a curriculum designed to provide both an overview of world regions and an analysis of the interactions between societies from ancient times to the Age of Absolutism.  Students will develop and apply historical skills and concepts and use a variety of models to convey their understanding of the past. 

    Overview of Global History 9R 

    A cross-cultural survey of history from the Paleolithic Era to the mid-18th century; it follows the New York State curriculum. Students engage in a comparative study of the geography, history, politics, economics and social structures of different regions of the world. A major emphasis in this course is the development of reading, writing, note taking and research skills to further historical inquiry. There is a final exam at the end of the course.
    Course Introduction:
    Global History and Geography New York State Regents curriculum provides students with the opportunity to explore what is happening in various regions and civilizations at a given time.  In addition, it enables students to investigate issues and themes from multiple perspectives and to make global connections and linkages that lead to in-depth understanding.  In helping students answer these questions, the course will engage students in the study of history, geography, economics, government, and civics.  Instruction also draws on other disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, political science, psychology, religion, law, archaeology, philosophy, art, literature, other humanities subjects and the sciences.  The course is organized chronologically.  The 9th grade portion of the course will cover world history topics from Early Humans (10,000 B.C.) to Absolute Power in Europe (17700s).  

     This course encourages the students to view an area's geography, political and social structure and see how these factors influence the daily lives and history of the people they are studying.

    Knowledge and Skills Objectives

    1. To develop chronological thinking skills necessary to examine Global History from the earliest times to 1750.

    2. To distinguish between secondary and primary sources and develop the skills necessary to analyze each.

    3. To develop the ability to formulate a thesis and support it using historical evidence.

    4. To think critically about historical events in order to draw conclusions about the past and the present.

    5. To define, develop and practice research skills.

    Course Requirements:

    Students are expected to come to class daily with the following:

    1. A single subject looseleaf binder for social studies

    2. A blue or black pen and a #2 pencil and two highlighters.

    3. Homework assignments-
        Please write the following on your assignments:
    ***students will not be permitted to go to their lockers once class begins***

    *** Arriving to class unprepared will result in a lower quarter grade***


    Daily assignments are listed on the board (under the heading 9R) and students should copy the assignment as soon as they arrive in class.

    Homework is collected and corrected.

    Students who are absent are responsible for handing in their assignments when they return.

    The homework is listed on the web; however, computer glitches and a downed server sometimes interfere with the teacher's ability to post assignments. Therefore, students are responsible for taking the initiative to find out the homework assignment; thus ensuring that the students are prepared for class.

    Tests and Quizzes:

    Unit tests approximately every 3 weeks

    Occasional quizzes will cover material from the nightly reading assignments

    ***Students who are scheduled to attend a field trip or other activity the day of a scheduled exam must inform me of this activity and make arrangements to take the exam prior to attending the activity.***

    ***Students who are absent the day of a scheduled exam are expected to sit for the exam the first day they return to class.***

    ***If a student misses an exam because of tardiness or a field trip , they are expected to show up at 2:45pm in Room 140 to take the missed exam.***

    Grading Policy:

    Homework        25%
    Tests/ Projects  50%
    Quizzes             30%                                                                                                                   


    Projects include but are not limited to the following items: posters, current events, Regents style document based essays, oral presentations.

    Class Participation: Students are to report to class on time with their notebook and homework assignments. Students are expected to take an active part in discussions by raising their hands when they want to respond.
    Academic Integrity
    Students are expected to complete their work at all times.  Failure to do so will result in a zero for the homework, project, essay or test and the zero will be calculated into the student's average.

    Extra Help Sessions every Thursday at 7:05 AM in Room 140