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Coach Lawhon’s World History Class Syllabus
Welcome to Coach Lawhon’s World History class. I look forward to getting to know all of you.
My main objective is for everyone to have a successful and rewarding year.
Objectives: Students will obtain knowledge from the beginnings of civilization to World War II
and modern terrorism. Students will have the opportunity to enhance their skills in interpreting
maps, charts, graphs, timelines, recognize primary sources and use technology in a variety of
ways. In addition, we will cover current world events in conjunction with historical events in
open discussion and debate.
Supply List:
 World History Textbook & History Alive
 A folder to keep all returned work and tests. You must keep it and you will receive a
grade at the end of each six weeks.
 Spiral Notebook or notebook paper to keep up with notes.
 Black or Blue Pens
 #2 Pencils
 1 box Map Colors or 1 box of colored markers (you will be able to keep and use for other
 Highlighters
 You will be required to turn in two poster projects, for which you will need to buy 2
poster boards of your color choice. TBA
 We will also have a power point project and a video project that may require two discs.
Grading Guidelines:
60% Major Grades (tests, projects, etc.) 40% Daily Grades (some quizzes = 2 daily grades)
Testing Days; Tuesday and Thursday
Late Work Policy:
Daily/Homework Grades:
1 day late = 10 points off
2 days late = 20 points off
3 days late = 30 off (over 3 days may not be accepted).
Major Grades:
1 day late = 15 points off
2 days late = 30 points off
3 or more days late = Will not be counted for a grade
2 Chance Policy: Students may retake one test per six weeks. The student must contact the
teacher on the day that the test is returned to retake the test within 5 school days of the original
test. To retake the test, students must complete test corrections from the original test and assigned
review work from the teacher. All work must be completed and turned in before the student
retakes the test. If the work is not completed or turned in, no retest will be offered. The new test
grade will be averaged with the original test grade.
Absent Work Policy:
You are responsible to ask teacher for make-up work and to turn it in when you are
absent. If you are absent on the day a major project is due, you will turn it in when you
return. If you are absent on the actual day of a test you will have to make arrangements
for a retest. All daily/homework you missed while out, you will have 3 days to complete
upon returning to class. (Also, check teacher website if absent.)
Tutoring: Tutorials will be offered before school daily.
Classroom Expectations:
 Be Respectful & Courteous - Respect the teacher and all people in the classroom.
Respect the property of others (Teacher’s, Students, and School’s). Be polite and do not
talk while someone else is speaking. Respect everyone’s personal space. Do not harm
anyone physically or mentally. Please stand during the pledge of allegiance and listen
during any announcements. (Talking is not allowed during announcements.)
 Be Prompt & Prepared – Be on time to class. Have your supplies and all relevant
materials when you arrive (have your work completed). Remain seated when asked,
unless you’ve been given permission to move around the room. Ask permission when
you need to leave your seat or use something in the classroom.
 Participate, follow instructions, and try to have a positive attitude.
 Follow ALL rules stated in the student handbook.
Consequences for Violating Classroom Rules:
I will usually just make the student aware of their misconduct and simply ask them to stop. After
that the following guidelines will be followed.
1st Strike – Is 2nd Verbal Warning
2nd Strike – Student Teacher Meeting/ Parent could be contacted
3rd Strike – Go to Principal’s Office
SEVERE Clause: In the event of something severe a student will go straight to Principal’s
Contact Information:
Mr. John Lawhon (Coach Lawhon)
Room 803 (Pavilion)
E-mail: [email protected] (This is the best method to reach me).
Class website:
Phone #: (832)484 4332 (please call before or after school or during conference time)
Conference: 5th period
Parent/Guardian Signature:
Email Address: ______________________________________
Primary Phone#:
***** Parent/Guardian and student must sign syllabus to show understanding of class procedures
and expectations of teacher. *****
Student Signature:
Scope and Sequence 2012-2013
First 6 Weeks
Early Civilizations, Religions & the Classical Period (8000 BCE– 600 CE)
Geographic Focus: Influence of human and physical geographic factors on
major events in World History (Middle East, South Asia, China, North Africa,
Mediterranean Basin).
Main Ideas: Identify Important changes in human life caused by the Neolithic
Revolution; Development of early Civilizations; Describe the historical
origins, central ideas and spread of major World Religions and its political,
social and economic impact on Europe, Africa and Asia.
Discuss the development and contributions of Classical societies (Greece &
Rome); Collapse of Classical Civilization; explain the development of
Democratic government, philosophical influences, citizenship, and identify
political systems.
Second 6 Weeks
Feudalism, Manorialism, Crusades, Mongols, Imperial China 500-1500
Geographic Focus: Europe, Asia, Middle East
Main Ideas: Political Developments including Feudalism;
Manorialism, Crusades, Black Death, 100 yrs Wars, Great Schism.
How did these factors contribute to the fall of Medieval Europe?
Mongol Invasion (Summarize the changes resulting from the Mongol
invasions of Russia, China, and Islamic world), Political Development
of Imperial China. Discuss the political, Economic and cultural
developments in Tang and Song China and their impact on E. Asia.
Third 6 Weeks
Renaissance, Reformation, Africa, Cross-Cultural Global
Interaction & Exploration (1450–1750)
Geographic: Sub-Saharan Africa, Western Europe, Americas, East
Main Ideas: Explain the political, intellectual artistic economic and
religious I impact of Renaissance and Reformation. Interaction;
Development of Global Economy; Systems of Forced Labor; cultural
and Intellectual changes. Silk Road and African gold salt trade
facilitated the spread of ideas and trade. Explain the impact of the
Columbian exchange and Atlantic slave trade. Explain the impact
Ottoman Empire on and global trade. Compare the major political,
economic, social and cultural developments of Inca, Maya, Aztecs.
Fourth 6 Weeks
Industrialization, Global Integration, and Revolution (1750 – 1900)
Geographic Focus: Europe, Asia, Americas, Africa, Oceania
Main Ideas: Transformation of Europe, Global Economy, Colonization
& European dominance, Scientific Revolution, Industrial Revolution,
Enlightenment, French Revolution, American Revolution, Glorious
Revolution. Identify the major political, econ, social motivation that
influences European Imperialism and impact and characteristics.
Discuss characteristics of Free Enterprise and Adam Smith’s
contributions (The Wealth of nations). Discus historical origins of
Socialism, Communism, and Fascism.
Fifth 6 Weeks
WWI, WWII, Korean, Vietnam, Cold War, Terrorism (1900–
Geographic Focus: Europe, North America, Africa, South Asia,
Eastern Asia
Main Ideas: Science & the Environment; Consequences of Global
Conflicts; Global Economy, Society and Culture.
Sixth 6 Weeks
Review & preparation for EOC (Testing dates TBA May 6-17th)