Course Syllabus


World History

Mr. Hollingsworth -




Students are expected to attend class every day at the designated time for both Synchronous and Asynchronous Instruction.


Students will be counted absent if they do not come to the Google Meet via internet OR via phone, OR turn-in work, OR log-in to Canvas at least once during the day (12 AM - 11:59 PM). Students that miss more than 3 days or 3 assignments will get a call home and their counselors and administrators will be notified.


Grades will be calculated as follows:

Homework/Classwork - 40%

Quizzes - 40%

Tests - 20%


Late Work will be assessed as follows:

Up to 2 days late - 10%

3-5 days late - 20%

5 or more days late - 30%

Course Description:

Through the study of World History, students will acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to become responsible and effective citizens in an interdependent world. The desired outcome of this course is that students develop relevant enduring understandings of current world issues and relate them to their historical, political, economic, geographical and cultural contexts. As students examine the historical roots of significant events, ideas, movements, and phenomena, they encounter the contributions and patterns of civilizations of the past and societies around the world. Students taking this course will broaden their historical perspectives as they explore ways societies have dealt with continuity and change, exemplified by concepts such as civilization, revolution, government, economics, war, stability, movement, technology, etc. 

THIS COURSE IS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION. Class time is limited and every moment must be used for learning. Student disruptions WILL NOT be tolerated. Students are expected to observe and abide by the rules in this syllabus. This course will also provide you with the necessary skills to be successful in your other courses with particular emphasis on reading and writing. The coursework for World History is very thorough and thus our class will move quickly. This will be completed through a combination of taking notes, group work, lecture, and reading both the textbook and primary source documents. 


Class Rules


  1. Respect yourself and those around you

Students are expected to follow all rules in the Student Code of Conduct manual, and are also expected to behave as adults. There will be no toleration for behavior, speech, activity, or conduct that is disrespectful. Be civil and courteous to your teacher and classmates. TAUNTING, BULLYING, HORSEPLAY, and FIGHTING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED AND WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE REFERRAL TO THE OFFICE.


  1. Be prepared for class

Come to class everyday with all required materials (Chromebook, paper, pencil, etc.) for this class. You must bring your charged Chromebook to class each day. We will be working with digital copies of your textbook and primary sources and your chromebook is essential for learning. Not bringing your chromebook to class is not an excuse to not work that day. 


  1. Follow all instructions in an orderly manner

Students are expected to listen to their teacher and follow all directions given in class. If you have a question or need an instruction clarified, please raise your hand and wait to be called on.


  1. Do not distract or interfere with your classmates’ learning

The classroom is a place for learning, NOT for socializing, texting, grooming, sleeping, playing, eating, or any other sort of behavior that disrupts the learning process. THERE IS TO BE ABSOLUTELY NO UNAUTHORIZED CELL- PHONE USE OF ANY SORT IN CLASS. Any cell phones seen in by the teacher will be confiscated. When students engage in these (or other) distracting activities, they are not only hindering their own learning, but also the learning of their fellow students. Students are expected to remain focused on the task at hand.


  1. Be HONEST

Cheating WILL NOT be tolerated. Forms of cheating may include, but are not limited to: using another student’s work as one‘s own, sneaking answers or using “cheat sheets,” using a cell phone or chromebook to look up answers when not permitted to do so, communicating answers to other students verbally or in written fashion, plagiarizing (copying) someone else's work and calling it your own, or any other dishonest attempt to obtain information or answers to an assignment.  Anyone caught cheating will receive a grade of “0” on that assignment (including tests) and will be subject to the appropriate disciplinary action, as outlined in the Code of Conduct.



See your BHS student handbook for appropriate consequences for violation of class and/or school rules.


Class Procedures

  • Enter the classroom quietly and sit in your assigned seats
  • Review the Daily Announcement in Canvas
  • Raise your hand and wait to be recognized to speak.
  • For Virtual learning, ask your question in the google meet chat.
  • Remain in your seat unless told otherwise.
  • Remain focused on the task assigned.


Materials Needed for Class

  • Charged Chromebook - Bring this everyday
  • Pencils or pens (BLUE OR BLACK INK ONLY)
  • Binder and/or loose leaf paper - We will be as paperless as possible in this classroom but you may take notes or submit homework  on paper if necessary.


Grades and Grading

  • Quarter Grades will be calculated as follows:
    • Tests: 20%
    • Quizzes: 40%
    • Homework/Classwork: 40%
  • Your overall grade will be calculated as follows:
    • Quarter 1 - 40%
    • Quarter 2 - 40%
    • Final Exam - 20%


A: 100-90  B: 89-80  C: 79-70  D: 69-60  F: 59 and below


There is no special approach or formula to doing well in this class. Coming to class, completing in-class work, taking notes, and studying each night are the keys to success in this class. It is YOUR responsibility to pass this course. I put forth 100% effort each day, I expect the same in return. 


Attendance Policy

The 2019-2020 Attendance Policy requires all students to miss no more than 5 class meetings per course.

The following is our new SCHOOL WIDE POLICY: Students are expected to be in the classroom (passed the door frame) when the bell begins to ring. 

1st Violation -  Verbal Warning

2nd Violation - Verbal Warning

3rd Violation -  Verbal Warning and Parent Contact by Classroom Teacher 

4th Violation -  Verbal Warning and Parent Contact by Classroom Teacher 

5th Violation -  1 period ASO & Parent Contact by Classroom Teacher

6th Violation -  1 period ASO & Parent Contact by Classroom Teacher

7th Violation -  1 full day of ASO & Parent Contact by Classroom Teacher

8th Violation -  2 full days of ASO & referral to administration

9th Violation -  3 full days ASO & Parent Contact by Administrator 

10th Violation - 2 days of Out-of-School Suspension

Additional Violations - Administrator Referral, further disciplinary actions


Tardy Policy

The following is our new SCHOOL WIDE POLICY: Students are expected to be in the classroom (passed the door frame) when the bell begins to ring. There are ZERO EXCEPTIONS to this. Consequences for being tardy are outlined in the BHS Student Code of Conduct.


Bathroom Policy

Students may use the restroom and water fountains on the New 100 Hall only. Permission to use the restroom is not permission to travel across the school. Students MUST SIGN OUT AND BACK IN on the digital sign out sheet when they leave and return. If you do not sign out and back in, you will be counted as skipping class and referred to administration for the appropriate consequence.


Make-Up Work / Late Work

It is the student’s responsibility to turn in all the work that was missed due to an absence, as well as to schedule a time to make up any missed quizzes or tests during remediation.  Points will be deducted for late work as follows per Bunn High School Social Studies Department:

1-2 days late= 10% off assignment

2-5 days late= 20% off assignment

5+days late =30% off assignment


Instructional Technology

This class utilises Canvas and Google Chromebooks to provide resources for students (digital copy of the book, notes, projects, rubrics, reminders, etc).  Be sure to check your email and the Canvas course daily.   Canvas will be the main mode of communication for this class.


Each virtual class period will be conducted using Google Meet. Before each class period I will provide a link on Google Calendars which students will be able to access in order to attend the Google meet for that day.



Any student should feel free to ask me for help. If there are questions about a topic discussed in class, an assignment, or any other topic,  please ask. Also, check Canvas for information and updates about our class. If you wish to contact me directly, my e-mail address is

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