World History 09 Honors
EWHS Credit: 0.5 (1 Semester)
Office Location:   E -100 (small office)   

Description of the Course:

This course is a semester long introductory course to historical study. Along with learning historical concepts, students will work on skills necessary for success on the International Baccalaureate exam and IB extended essay.

Essential Questions and/or Learning Targets

Content Outline and Assessments

I) Comparative World Religions
Unit Concepts
: migration, spread of ideas/religions, change over time and continuity

II) Multiple Centers as World Powers
Unit concepts: empire, social systems, political systems, science and technology

Assessment and Homework

Students will be evaluated through a variety of projects (group research projects and presentations); activities (trials, debates, simulations, and seminar discussions); thinking assignments; papers; and tests. Homework is critical to learning, course outcomes, and assessments.  Students should expect homework each night.

Students may always rewrite an assignment or improve their test score as long as it is done within a week of the assignment returned and by contract with the teacher. The goal with this policy is to encourage learning and accurately assess what students know, though they may take longer to learn it. It is not to enable poor first efforts or students who procrastinated and/or did not study!  This option will be granted sparingly and only to students who have completed homework on time.

Grading and Final Exams

  B+ 89% - 88% C+ 79% - 78% D+ 69% - 68%
A 100% - 93% B 87% - 83% C 77% - 73% D 67% - 60%
A- 92% - 90% B- 82% - 80% C- 72% - 70% F Below 60%

Final grades will be a compilation of the following criteria:

Late Work/Make-Up Policy

Late work is accepted at half the value of earned points. Late work deadlines will only be accepted in the term in which it is assigned and must be submitted at least one week prior to the term or semester final exam. All work is due when the first bell rings for class. Being even a few seconds late will result in late point deductions (Hint: be in your seat when the bell rings with any homework completed).

Students must schedule make-up quizzes and exams the day they return from an excused absence. It is each student's responsibility to schedule a time to make-up the quiz or exam. If the exam is not completed within 5 school days following an excused absence, a score of zero will be entered and they student may not make up the quiz or exam. Missed quizzes and exams resulting from unexcused absences will be scored as zero.

Academic Honesty

Students are expected to do their own work. The EWHS definition of cheating includes, but is not limited to, copying or lending assignments; communicating, in any way, during a test; using notes in a situation where notes are not acceptable; plagiarism (the intentional or unintentional failure to give clear credit to the author of any word/ideas not your own) in any form (individual/group work). A first offense for an assignment (defined here by the classroom teacher) will result in a referral to the Dean of Students, and a parent contact by the teacher who determines plagiarism has taken place. The classroom teacher will have the option of determining if the student may, or may not, redo the assignment—with, or without credit. A first offense for an assessment, test, or major project will result in a referral to the Dean of Students, where the student and the parent/guardian will meet and review the policy. The student may lose credit for the assessment or major project without the possibility to redo the assignment. If a student has two offenses in the same class, the student may lose credit for the class. If a student has cheated in multiple classes, he/she may lose credit for the class where the third offense has occurred. Violations of the Academic Honesty policy are cumulative for all the years that a student is enrolled at Edmonds­ Woodway High School. The parent/guardian will be notified and documentation of the incident will be placed in the student's file. Students who turn in undocumented work products, in any form, will be charged with plagiarism. Remember: NOTHING matters more than your honor!

Additionally, having any electronic device out while an exam is taking place, without specific permission from the instructor will be considered a violation of the academic honesty policy.


All school wide attendance policies apply. Being late to class is counted as an absence by both district and school wide policy. You MUST be in your seat when the bell rings or you will be counted late. If you are 10 or more minutes late and do not have a valid excuse from the school, you will be counted as absent.

Common School Expectations

Students are expected to follow all school rules which are stated in the EWHS student planner and online at our school website.

Classroom Rules

We are here to learn. Behavior and actions that distract from the learning of any student are not acceptable in this class. It is necessary to demonstrate respect for other students, teachers, the classroom space, and yourself. If we all demonstrate this respect for each other and our classroom, disruptions disappear.

Backpacks, bags and purses must be kept on the floor and under your desk. Sunglasses, as well as food and drink in the classroom will not be allowed in the classroom. Headphones, electronic music players, and mobile phones are prohibited. Any other toys, games, devices, or stuff in general that distracts anyone in the room is also subject to confiscation. Confiscated items will be returned per electronics policy unless the item is not allowed in school.