Global Studies 1
Grade Nine Syllabus
Office hours: Monday and Thursday
Contact information 625-7272 X 6319
Course description: Welcome to Global 9! This course will cover topics from the earliest of civilizations through the French Revolution (10,000 BC – 1789). The major themes that we will be studying this year are Geography, Religions, Ancient Civilizations, the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Protestant Reformation, Absolute Monarchs, the Enlightenment, and finally the French Revolution. You will see how different cultures have interacted with each other and how this can affect their own development.
The global history and geography core curriculum is designed to focus on the five social studies standards, common themes that recur across time and place, and eight historical units. Each unit lists the content, concepts and themes, and connections teachers should use to organize classroom instruction and plan for assessment. This 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 make global connections and linkages that lead to in-depth understanding. As students explore the five social studies standards, they should have multiple opportunities to explore the content and intellectual skills of history and the social science disciplines.
- Come to class prepared (mentally and physically).
- Be on time.
- Respect each other.
- Take responsibility for your actions.
- Give 110% at all times.
If you have a difficult time following these rules, the consequences will be:
- Phone call to parent or guardian.
- Three ring notebook (2” preferably)
- Loose leaf paper
Your quarter grade will include homework assignments, in-class assignments, projects, tests, and class participation.
Homework – Maps, textbook assignments, worksheets, newspaper articles, journal entries, etc. Each assignment will be collected for 10 points; some assignments will be worth more. No late work will be accepted!
In-class Assignments – Group work, journal entries, reaction papers, seminar discussions, etc. will be graded according to their magnitude.
Projects – Poster board presentations, oral reports, newspapers, museum projects, notebooks, power point presentations, etc.
Quizzes/Tests – At any time, a quiz may be given; unit tests will follow each unit upon completion. I will provide you with a study guide for each unit test.
Class participation– A class participation grade will be given each day to each student. You will receive 2 points each day or 10 points a week. This may not sound like a lot, but do the math. By the end of the quarter you will have a total out of 100 points being weighed at 20% of your grade. To get these 2 points you must be present in class, you must be attentive and you must participate. If you are disruptive in any way, you lose all points for the day.
Unit I: An Introduction to Social Sciences and River Valleys
Introduction to Global History and Geography
What is History?
Archaeology and Anthropology
Mesopotamia: The Tigris and Euphrates
Egypt: The Gift of the Nile
India: Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro
China: The Huang He
Unit II: Classical Civilizations
Greeks and Alexander the Great
Shang and Zhou
Qin and Han
Olmecs, Toltecs, Mayans
Trade Routes (Silk Road/Indian Ocean)
Unit III: Belief Systems
Animism and Shinto
The Rise of Monotheism: Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam
The Religions of South Asia: Hinduism and Buddhism
East Asian Belief Systems: Confucianism, Daoism, Legalism, Buddhist Fusion
Unit IV: The Post-Classical World
Byzantines and Russia
Islamic Golden Age
T’ang and Song Dynasties
Introduction to Japan
Unit V: Global Interactions
African Kingdoms and Ibn Battuta
The Effects of the Plague
Renaissance and Reformation
Unit VI: Birth of the Modern World
Rise of Nation-States
Ming and Ching
Ottomans and Relationship to Safavids
New Trade Routes and the Rise of the Commercial Revolution
Age of Exploration
Colonization and the Latin American Hierarchy
Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
Introduction to the Enlightenment
Unit VII: Get Ready for Global I Final
A Cross-Cultural Comparative Regional Review