Global Studies 1

    Mr. Leader

    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.


    Classroom rules: 

    1. Come to class prepared (mentally and physically).
    2. Be on time.
    3. Respect each other.
    4. Take responsibility for your actions.
    5. Give 110% at all times. 

    If you have a difficult time following these rules, the consequences will be:     

    1. Warning
    2. Detention/Time-out
    3. Phone call to parent or guardian.


    • Three ring notebook (2” preferably)
    • Pens/pencils
    • 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

    Geography Awareness

    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

    Medieval Europe

    Islamic Civilization

    Islamic Golden Age


    T’ang and Song Dynasties

    Introduction to Japan


    Unit V: Global Interactions

    Japanese Feudalism


    African Kingdoms and Ibn Battuta

    The Plague

    The Effects of the Plague

    Renaissance and Reformation

    Scientific Revolution


    Unit VI: Birth of the Modern World

    Rise of Nation-States

    Global Absolutism

    Ming and Ching

    Ottomans and Relationship to Safavids

    Mughal India



    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