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Department of Canadian & World Studies
John Cabot Catholic Secondary School
World History to the Sixteenth Century
University/College Preparation
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Course Overview:
This course investigates the history of humanity from earliest times to the sixteenth century.
Students analyze diverse societies from around the world, with particular regard to the
political, cultural, and economic structures and historical forces that form the foundation of
the modern world. They will also examine the influence of selected individuals groups and
innovations, and develop skills of historical inquiry, organization, analysis & communication.
Specific Strands of Study and Expectations include:
 Communities: Characteristics, Development, and Interaction
By the end of the course students will:
Demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of a variety of communities from
prehistory to the sixteenth century
Demonstrate an understanding of the development of different forms of communities from
prehistory to the sixteenth century
Analyze the interaction between societies from prehistory to the 16th century.
 Change and Continuity
Students will demonstrate an understanding of:
Analyze factors that contributed to the process of change from prehistory to the 16th century
Analyze the factors that contributed to the maintenance of stability and continuity in a variety
of societies from prehistory to the 16th century
Demonstrate an understanding of the use and importance of chronology and cause and effect in
studying world history before the 16th century
 Citizenship and Heritage
Students will demonstrate an understanding of:
Evaluate the contributions of selected individuals and groups to the development of legal,
political, and military traditions
Evaluate the contributions of selected individuals and groups to the development of artistic,
intellectual, and religious traditions
 Social, Economic & Political Structures
Students will be able to:
Analyze the development & diversity of social structures in regions of the world
Analyze diverse economic structures and the factors that affected their development
Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of political structures throughout the world
 Methods of Historical Inquiry
Students will be able to demonstrate:
an ability to locate, select, and organize information from a variety of sources
an understanding of the steps in the process of historical interpretation & analysis
an ability to communicate opinions based on effective research clearly and concisely
an ability to think, manage time, & work effectively in independent & collaborative study
Efforts will be made to meet the individual learning needs of students in order to ensure these
expectations are being met.
Course Breakdown
The course will use a variety of resources
including video, CD-ROM, Internet Applications
and a variety of print sources. The textbook
World Civilizations will be distributed to students
during the first week of the course. The text and
all other resources assigned are the
responsibility of the student. Any damage
incurred will result in payment for replacement.
The replacement cost for the text is $65.00.
Unit One: History and Pre-history
 Historiography
 Creation and Prehistory
Unit Two: Middle Eastern Civilizations
 River Civilizations – Mesopotamia & Egypt
Unit Three: The Mediterranean World
 Ancient Greece
 Ancient Rome
Unit Four: Medieval World
 The Dark and Middle Ages
Evaluation Structure::
In addition students will be presenting content that provides
analysis of some of the following civilizations:
The above is reflected both in the term work
(worth 70% of the final mark) and the
summative work (worth 30% of the final mark).
Summative work consists of the Final Exam
(20%) and a Culminating Activity (10%).
Evaluation Policy
Students will be assessed & evaluated according to the work produced & skills displayed. Methods of providing
feedback will include assessing work in process & evaluating completed assignments, tests, co-operative learning
activities, simulations and presentations. Peer & self-evaluations will also be utilized.
Student marks will be determined by evaluating process & product according to 4 categories & 4 levels. Please see
the chart below for specific skills and key words used to determine student competency in the different categories.
Knowledge of facts & terms
Understanding of concepts & relationships
Critical thinking skills
Creative thinking skills
Inquiry Skills
Communication of ideas and information
Use of symbols & visuals
Oral & written communication
Level 1:
Level 2:
Level 3:
Level 4:
display of
skills and
ability to
success in
skills and
of concepts
display of
skills and
ability to apply
of concepts and
ability to
think creatively
and apply
Applications in familiar contexts
Transfer of concepts to new contexts
Making logical conclusions and predictions
Use of technology
Making connections
Feedback will also be provided for student learning skills. Skills like working independently, team work, organization,
work habits and homework, and initiative are assessed independently student achievement and will be conducted
through the use of a rubric indicating specific criteria to be achieved to receive each of the following letter grades:
E –Excellent
G – Good
S – Satisfactory
N - Needs Improvement
Other Evaluation Issues
LATE ASSIGNMENTS. Assignments submitted after the Primary Due Date established by the teacher will be accepted with a
penalty of 5% off for the first day late and 2% for subsequent days to a maximum of 10%. This four day Penalty Zone is the
maximum time allowed for submissions. The fourth day after the assignment is due is considered the Closure Date upon which no
further assignments will be accepted. If the teacher returns the marked assignments within the four day penalty zone, the date of
return is considered the closure date. Repeated lateness in submissions indicates poor organization skills and will result in parental
contact and will be reflected in the learning skills section of the report card.
INCOMPLETE ASSSIGNMENTS Assignments will be graded according to the extent with which they meet the criteria
established in the rubric or evaluation structure.
MISSED TESTS Tests missed with a legitimate reason will be written within a few days of the student returning from the
absence. Student eligibility to write the test and the date of writing will be at the discretion of the teacher in consultation with
the department head.
CULMINATING ACTIVITIES These activities will be due toward the end of the course. They are valued between 5 and 15
per cent of the final mark and will reflect course material and competencies not emphasized on the final exam.
PLAGIARISM in any form reflects academic dishonesty and will result in a mark of zero for the assignment in question.