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Bryan Burroughs

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World History and American Government 

American Government/World History Syllabus

American Government Syllabus:

Course Description: The American Government Course is a one semester class that is required for graduation. The course will cover the evolvement of our Nation's Government to its present form. Also will be covered in detail is the checks and balances of our three branches of government. Since you are, or soon to be at the voting age, we will discuss in length federal, state, and local levels of government: the voting process: the role political parties play in today's government. 

Class Scope:

1st 9 week period of semester the class will cover Unit 1 of the book.

Chapter 1 "Principles of Government"

Chapter 2 "Origins of Government"

Chapter 3 "The Constitution"

Chapter 4 "Federalism"

2nd 9 week period of semester the class will cover Unit 2 of the book.

Chapter 5 "Political Parties"

Chapter 6 "Voters and Voter Behavior"

Chapter 7 "The Electoral Process"

Grading Procedures: Each students grade will be figured on a percentage of the possible points available in the course. Points will come from:

Daily Assignments/Lessons/Homework/Quizzes - 40%

Tests - 60% 

Zero Policy/Re-takes - Any assignment within a chapter can be turned in up until the day of the Chapter test for full credit. I will not accept anything after that.

It is the students responsibility to schedule a time with me for a test re-take, whether that be before school, during my lunch, or after school.


                                   World History Syllabus

The following information will provide you with the expectations of the class. In an effort to avoid any future misunderstandings, the class requirements, policies, rules, and procedures have been outlined in detail. Please read carefully and feel free to ask any questions.

Course Description

World History is a subject that embraces all humanity, not just certain nations, ethnic groups, or civilizations. It helps us to think about what it means to be human and about the characteristics that all humans have in common. It emphasizes the history, problems, and challenges that humans have shared simply because they are humans. World history is shared knowledge that citizens, whatever their country allegiance, need to function on our planet in the twenty-first century. The complexity of human interrelations today means that our understanding of others must be global in range and depth. We will do this through the following topics of study:

-World religions, Political Ideals of Ancient and Classical Societies

-Renaissance and Reformation

-Age of Absolutism and Enlightenment

-Industrial Revolution and the World Wars

-Post WWII Events and Transformations

-Contemporary Global Issues and Challenges

Student Evaluation

**Student achievement will be assessed through coursework, chapter quizzes, and exams at the end of each unit of study.

**Many assignments will be completed in class. However, some will need to be completed at home. Students should also spend time each week reviewing the daily lessons and studying notes to prepare for tests.

Grades are based on exams, quizzes (map and identifications), and coursework.

Grade Categories Percent of Grade

Tests/Quizzes 60%

Coursework 40%

Missing Work, Extensions, Extra Credit, and No-Name Papers

**Any assignment within a chapter can be turned in up until the day of the chapter test for full credit. I will not accept anything after that.

**Students have as many days as they were absent PLUS one day to turn in their work.

**I understand that situations may arise that will make it hard to complete an assignment on time. An extension may be permitted if the student speaks to me and gains my permission prior to the assignment due date.

**The best extra credit is to do your work when it is originally assigned and not fall behind in class.

**Any assignment without a name written on it will be thrown away and not graded. If it is not important to you to claim your work, then I will not worry about putting a grade on the assignment.

**It is the student’s responsibility to to schedule a time with me to retake a test. I am here before and after school as well as during lunch.

Absences and Tardies

**Although absences are discouraged, I understand that life circumstances may sometimes arise. If you are absent, YOU are responsible for collecting the make-up work.

**A tardy will given to any student who arrives in class after the door has been shut and class has begun. Three tardies will result in detention and be recorded as an absence from school.

Hall Passes

Students have a passing period between each class, so be sure to make all stops and have all your materials before you come to class. If there is an emergency and you need to leave the room, please talk to me.

Consequences for Infractions of the Rule

I will apply whatever discipline is necessary, on an individual basis, based on maintaining a dignified and respectful classroom.

Hopefully, you will find the class and our demeanor entertaining and enjoyable. In order to guarantee each student an appropriate learning environment, I will insist on compliance with the procedures above.

My Schedule

1st Hour: World History 8:40-9:30
2nd Hour: Plan 9:35-10:25
3rd Hour: World History 10:30-11:20
4th Hour: World History 11:25-12:15
3rd Lunch: 12:20-12:50
5th Hour: American Government 12:55-1:45 S1/S2
6th Hour: American Government 1:50-2:40 S1/S2
7th Hour:  American Government 2:45-3:35 S1/S2