Welcome to Pre-AP World History class!



2016 - 2017
Stratford High School
Instructor: Coach Boane, room 325

Class website: http://stratfordpreapworldhist.weebly.com/

• Cell phones/electronic devices that are visible during instructional time without teacher permission shall be confiscated and turned over to the Grade Level Principal.

• Cell phones must be retrieved by a parent or guardian after a consequence has been successfully completed (detention or tutorial). Cell phones will NOT be turned over to a student. Multiple offenses can result in further disciplinary action.

• Refusal to turn over cell phones and electronic devices may result in immediate consequences which may include ISS or Suspension.

Course Design: 
World History is a two-semester survey of world history covering prehistory 8000BCE –The Present.  The purpose is for students to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts, in interaction with different types of human societies.  The course highlights the nature of changes in international frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies.  The course builds on and develops an understanding of cultural, institutional and technological precedents along with knowledge of global geography.  
Course Objectives:
Students will develop the following habits of mind:
• Construct and evaluate arguments, using historical data and evidence as support
• Interpret and apply data from original documents, including cartoons, graphs, letters, etc.
• Effectively use analytical skills of evaluation to determine point of view, context and bias
• Assess issues of change and continuity over time 
• Discern global patterns and processes while also connecting local developments to global ones and moving through generalizations from the global to the particular
Course Homework- Upon my instructions, the student will be assigned a certain number of pages in the textbook to read.  Students must complete reading assignments in order to be prepared for reading quiz, class or to further drive home the objective covered in class.  Additional homework assignments will be assigned, including but not limited to: creating maps, creating charts, composing short written assignments, projects and the like.
Course Assessments- 50% Major grades (tests and major projects), 50% Quizzes and Daily grades.
Technology - Access to an outside computer is greatly encouraged.  Several key elements come from web sites and you will have to turn in assignments on the Internet.  If you do not have outside Internet access you will have to arrange with the teacher a time to access the information from school computers.  My class page at the Stratford web site should be accessed every day, for class information and calendar.
Consequences of Undesirable Behavior:
 Verbal Reprimand/Warning
 Teacher/Student Conference
 Parent Contact (by phone or a written note)
 Referral/Administration Involvement
These consequences may not be followed in exact order in the case of severe behavior problems.  Behavior problems will not be tolerated in a college level course.  Your presence in the classroom at the beginning of your assigned period is strongly recommended.
Conference/Contacts - Please call the school at 713-251-3625 to schedule an appointment for a conference.  I can also be reached via e-mail. 
Tutorials – Upon request in advance. SS Test make-ups will be held on Wednesday’s in room 323.
Current Events:  At the end of every two week period students will turn in a current event assignment.  On their own time students should look through newspaper articles or online news resources and write a one page report connecting the article to world history.  The articles do not have to relate to what we are talking about at that particular point in class.  Collectively at the end of the 6 weeks, this will be a grade.
*listen carefully.
*show respect and be polite.
*have good behavior and manners.
*be in your seat when the bell rings.
*come organized and prepared everyday.
*accept responsibility for your own actions.
Should be as follows in the upper right hand corner of the page:
Your Name
Class period

CLASS DISMISSAL:  The class will not be dismissed until every student is seated in their assigned seat and their area is clean.  The bell does not dismiss you, I WILL!!!!

TEST TAKING:  Once a test has been passed out there will be NO TALKING UNTIL THE LAST PERSON TURNS HIS/HER TEST IN!!!!!  If you finish early you may work on your next assignment from my class or read a book; in this order.

MAKEUP WORK:   It is YOUR responsibility to get any work you missed while absent.  YOU WILL HAVE A CALENDAR SO THERE SHOULD NOT BE A PROBLEM

****If you knew about the assignment before the absence, then work is due the day you return to class, including tests. All tests should be taken at the earliest possible date but no later than one week after your return to school. Make-up work/homework must be completed according to the number of days you were absent. (Ex. You missed one day then you have one day after your return to finish an assignment or the work is considered late).

LATE WORK: WILL NOT be accepted after the first three weeks.

VISITORS IN THE CLASSROOM:  Be on your best behavior!!!!!!!!

TEACHER OUT OF THE ROOM:  If I have to step out or if another teacher or sub is covering for me you will be on your best behavior.  You should not be roaming around the room or talking with another student unless I give you those directives.
Classroom Specifics (Rules)
Please do not keep me from teaching and others from learning

Food, candy, drinks and electronics are strictly prohibited in Coach Boane's class. Please do not bring them into room 325. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action.

Retest-Please check your grades in Skyward and make arrangements to retest, if necessary. Also, if you were absent, this is your opportunity to make up the test. Retests are on the following Wednesday after your test in Mrs. Duke's room 323. 

1. Upon notification by the teacher that a student has received a failing grade on a test, the student must inform the teacher within three school days of their intent to re-test.

2. Re-tests are allowed in all classes.

3. The student may be required to attend a tutorial session prior to taking a re-test.

4. The student must re-test within three school days of making the formal request, unless an extension is granted by the teacher.

5. The re-test must be of similar content and difficulty to the original test; but the re-test does not have to be the same format as the original test.

6. The maximum grade that can be earned on the re-test is a 70.

7. If a student scores lower on the re-test, the original test grade will be used.

8. HCC classes taught by a traveling professor are not eligible for re-testing.

9. All semester tests are ineligible for re-testing.

10. Individual teachers may choose when they will administer re-tests, as long as their plan complies with the campus policy.

11. Only one re-test opportunity is permissible for each failed test.

12. It is not permissible to go back and re-test once the next unit test has been administered.  Except a re-test on a make-up exam.

*Abuse of the re-testing policy and continuation of eligibility will be reviewed by grade-level Principals.  

Tutorials are held by appointment only. Please see me and we will work out a schedule. 

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Teaching philosophy: 

I've come to a frightening conclusion. I am the decisive element in the classroom. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous. i can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or deescalated, an d the child humanized or dehumanized.        

Haim Ginnott, 1977



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