World History I
Office: Room 266
Welcome to High School and 9th Grade! This is an exciting time for everyone, and I recognize this is a big change and transition in your lives. You have begun a four-year process that will see all of you enter into the world after your time here, taking the knowledge, skills, and thinking you acquired at Scarsdale High School to make the world a better place. I would like to suggest that there is a lot to learn in high school, both inside and outside of the classroom.
We are a learning community, and will work in groups to help each other. In our classroom, we fight with ideas, not with each other; we break down arguments, not someone’s self-esteem! In the spirit of academic collegiality, we should always support and encourage each other, even if we disagree with their ideas or arguments.
This Social Studies class will examine the history of our world from ancient times to about 1750 C.E. That’s a long time, so we won’t be covering all the history of this period. Rather, we will investigate select cultures, civilizations, religions, and communities to better understand how they shaped and affected the world we live in today. In studying history, which is the story of us, we will be focusing on a few big questions:
1. As a human community, where did we come from/where we are now/where are we going?
2. Are we that different from people who came before us? Are we that different from people who are in a different place from us?
3. Can an understanding of where we come from give us a better understanding of who we are today?
4. What does it mean to be part of a global community? Has that meaning changed much over the past 4000 years?
5. What lessons/stories are important to keep with us as we move into the future? What lessons from our past can we utilize to prepare for our future?
6. What are our individual stories?
- In our class, you will need
- a notebook and pen to take notes with.
- a binder to store the hand outs, readings, and worksheets in. You can also utilize a folder instead of a binder; do what works best for you!
- A composition notebook, which will be your writing journal that you’ll leave in the class
- An open mind and enthusiasm
- If I am absent, class will still be held, so always come to class!
- The breakdown of your final grade is the following:
- 1rst quarter: 10%
- 2nd quarter: 25%
- 3rd quarter: 25%
- 4th quarter: 25%
- Final Exam/Project: 15%
- We will be doing different types of writing in this class. This is in order to help you develop your skills as both thinkers and writers. Writing is something that takes time and work to develop, so keep that in mind!
I’m excited to be working with everyone this year and am honored to be a part of the group of teachers who help you get started on your high school journey. I’m here to help you in any way I can, so if you ever have a question, concern, or problem with anything or need someone to talk to, you are always welcome to come by my office. It’s located on the 2nd floor, right next to the Social Studies-English Office before you get to the library. Please don’t hesitate to reach out, and I’m looking forward to a great year!
- In our class, you will need