Mr. Steven Maher
or after school by appointment
with an examination of the growth and impact of the Enlightenment of
Western Europe in the eighteenth century, the chronological organization
of World Studies proceeds through historical developments such as
Imperialization, Industrialization, and the World Wars of the twentieth
century. Specific attention
will spotlight the impact of these developments on Latin America, Africa
and Asia. The course
concludes with an assessment of the post-Cold War condition of current
world events. Although
organized like a history course, World Studies focuses on developing
critical-thinking and reasoning skills while utilizing social studies
perspectives of history, economics, sociology, psychology, political
science and geography. Lessons
and learning objectives are also designed to enhance students’
abilities to gather information through reading, interpretation of
graphs, charts and maps and to communicate reasoned conclusions through
effective writing, historical debates and simulations.
- World History: Connections to Today (Prentice Hall)
– this course utilizes the latest learning communication and
information tools to provide students with essential skills for the 21st
century. Students can expect the majority of their homework to
involve activities in online environments and include blogs, wikis and
forum discussions. Accommodations will be made for any students
with limited access.
Studies consists of twelve units, each of which will be introduced with
a Unit Outline that sets forth a schedule of assignments, lesson plans
and class activities. A wide variety of activities will be
employed in World Studies. Students can expect to participate in
cooperative projects that may include oral presentations, simulations
and role playing. Students are also required to participate in
small and large group class discussions (thoughtful and active
participation comprise part of the grade). Traditional lectures
and teacher presentations enhanced with teacher-created media will also
be a part of the curriculum. Videotapes, cartoons, maps,
paintings, music and films will be used in conjunction with conventional
social studies assignments.
is an integral part of World Studies, students can expect to spend
between five and seven hours a week working on this class.
are calculated on a point system. Typical quarter grades may
consist of approximately four test grades, five quiz grades, a notebook
grade and fifteen homework assignments.
policies of this class are consistent with the policies of Chatham High
as set forth in the student handbook. Parents and students are
strongly advised to review these policies at the beginning of the school
Students are responsible for all material and work missed due to an absence. Mr. Maher will make every effort to ensure that this information is available for students who legitimately miss class. Students absent on a due date must take the test or submit the project on the first day of their return to school. Policies regarding make-up work and withdrawal of credit due to excessive absences are the same as those set forth in the student handbook.
All students will be expected to do their own work, plagiarism and cheating is absolutely unacceptable. The definition of what amounts to cheating and the disciplinary code of action outlined in the student handbook will be followed verbatim. Plagiarized assignments will receive a grade of zero, they may not be re-done or made-up in any way.
studies courses involve the presentation and exchange of views and
opinions on controversial topics. All students and Mr. Maher will
make every effort to insure that students feel physically and
intellectually comfortable and safe in class. The mutual respect
and responsible behavior necessary for the creation of an effective
learning environment will be maintained by an equitable, consistent and
vigorous policy of discipline consistent with the Code of Conduct of
should be aware that class polices apply to both the classroom and the
online learning environment.
student experience in any course requires the efforts and cooperation of
teachers, students and parents. Mr. Maher will make every effort
to insure that students and parents are apprised of student performance.
Parents are strongly encouraged to direct any questions concerning the
course or their child’s performance to Mr. Maher at (635-9075 ext.
226) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
should not hesitate to ask Mr. Maher about any concerns they may have
concerning World Studies. If extra assistance is required, time
will made outside of class to make every effort insure that each student
has the opportunity to succeed.
of the administrative material for this course is available at the
course web site. Students are encouraged to visit the site often
for course announcements, homework assignments, unit outlines, and links
to useful resources on the Internet.
the conclusion of this course, students should be able to: