World History I
Lake Country Lutheran High School
Instructor: Mr. Fischer
In this class, the students will learn about various ancient civilizations of the past, and how these civilizations came to be. The students will be shown the differences and similarities between several civilizations, and how some civilizations influenced those around them. The rise and fall of civilizations will be discussed with the students, and they will be shown how one civilization was able to rise up in the place of another. Each major figure(s) of a civilization will be discussed and the positive/negative effects each person(s) had on his/her people. Lastly, the students will be shown how ancient history has affected the world they live in today and themselves as well.
Upon successful completion of this course, each student will be able to do the following:
A. State the major civilizations of the world, which developed into empires and
lasted for centuries.
B. Explain how certain civilizations were able to stay in power for much longer
periods of time than others were.
C. Evaluate the rise of Christianity and decide whether or not the Roman Empire
had a role to play in the spread of Christianity.
D. Identify areas on a map where civilizations first began, and how far their
empires reached before their fall.
E. Justify whether or not certain civilizations were cruel to their own people and
surrounding civilizations, and defend the methods they took to expand their
F. Write a paper on a famous individual who made a significant contribution to
the world he/she lives in today.
G. Construct a well-known piece of architecture from one of the major world civilizations.
H. Compare the different religions of the ancient world and identify where these
systems of belief originated.
I. Appreciate cultures, religions, people, and their differences and be sensitive to those who have opinions that differ from their own.
· Text - Ellis, Elizabeth Gaynor & Elser, Anthony. 2003. World History: Connections to Today. Needham, MA: Prentice Hall.
· Blue or Black ink pens/or pencils
· Paper – loose leaf is preferred
· Notebook – will be used for notes and assignments
· Three-ring binder: this binder is an important study tool that MUST be brought to all classes. All materials should be clearly dated and kept in chronological order. Materials to be included: Lecture and class notes, worksheets, handouts, personal observations, notebook and all homework assignments.
· Semester Exam=10%
*There will be NO extra credit in this class.
*Grades will be posted online and are accessible through the school’s website, if you have any questions regarding a grade or need help accessing it, please let me know as soon as possible.
Below 70% F
1. Tests will be objective with some essay questions.
2. If you miss a test during the semester, an alternative test must be taken within one
week of returning to school.
3. If you missed a test or quiz because you were absent, you will be given one day for
each day absent. If not a “0” will be given for the missed test/quiz.
4. Field trip absences do NOT excuse a student from taking the test/quiz on the day the
student comes back.
5. Retakes may be taken on tests only. The test will not be the same as the first test
taken and the retake score will be averaged with the first test score. To retake a test
you must meet the following criteria:
1. You must have had all homework and assignments completed and turned in by due dates.
2. You must correct the mistakes on your test.
3. Meet with the instructor to answer questions.
*Complete retake within two weeks of original test date or six week grading period.
1. Homework is due at the beginning of class to receive full credit.
2. Late assignments may be turned in before the corresponding Student Help Day for
half credit. Assignments turned in after the six week Student Help Day will not be
3. If getting work done becomes a problem the teacher can use the school Academic
Action Plan to help the student improve.
4. If you are absent for any reason you must still turn in your work or make up the
assignment. You will be given one day for each day absent. If it is still late it will be ½
5. All assignments will be posted on the World History web page under Mr. Fischer.
1. Each student will be required to complete two projects during the course of the
2. The first project will entail creating a famous historical structure and presenting it to
the class. Due October 31st
3. The second project will involve researching a famous historical figure and writing a
report on your findings/research. Due December 12th
*A separate handout will give more information on both projects.
4. Each project will account for 10% of your semester grade.
1. You are expected to be prompt to class and in your seat before class begins.
2. Bring all appropriate materials to class (book, 3 ring binder, paper, pen, homework).
3. Show evidence that you have read the assignments.
4. Participate in class discussions to help clarify the materials.
5. Work with classmates to help generate new ideas and stimulate learning.
At the end of the semester there will be a cumulative final exam worth 10% of your final grade.
1. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to find out what you missed and make it
up. You will have one week.
2. If you know that you will be absent, get assignments before the anticipated absence.
3. Work will not be made up if a student deliberately cuts class.
If a student is found cheating on any test, quiz, project or assignment the result will be a “0” given for the work. The student will then go to administration where the Academic Integrity Policy will be enacted.
Cell Phones Prohibited
Cell phone use is not allowed in class. While I appreciate technology, cell phones do not add value to my classroom. I am looking for your undivided attention so you can be focused and learn the material being shared. If I see you using a phone or it goes off in class, it will be taken away and will not be given back until the end of the day.
There will be some instances when I will have the students bring their mobile learning devices to class and will make sure to let the students know the day before.
1. I will be available before school at 7:30 and after school on most days until 3:30 unless coaching.
2. IF YOU ARE HAVING DIFFICULTIES, PLEASE SEE ME.
Prep periods – 1st Semester – 4th & 8th
2nd Semester – 4th & 5th
School Phone – 262-367-8600 ext 201
Room Number- 201
1. Treat people with dignity and respect
2. Care about others
3. Follow policies and procedures
4. Be on time and ready for class
5. Perform to the best of your ability
6. Save eating & drinking for the cafeteria (except for water)