World History Syllabus


The grade 9-12 World History year long course consists of the following content area strands: World History, Geography and Humanities. This course is a continued in-depth study of the history of civilizations and societies from the middle school course, and includes the history of civilizations and societies of North and South America. Students will be exposed to historical periods leading to the beginning of the 21st Century.  So that students can clearly see the relationship between cause and effect in historical events, students will have the opportunity to review fundamental ideas and events from ancient and classical civilizations.  We will utilize our text, Power Point, One Note, newspapers, the internet (Edmodo, Kahoot, Prezi, Socrative, etc…) and any other form of media and/or information deemed appropriate for this task.


  • Students will master a broad body of historical knowledge, demonstrate an understanding of historical chronology, and be able to differentiate between the different scholarly interpretations (historiographical schools of thought).
  • Interpret data from primary and secondary documents, including cartoons, graphs, letters, writings, myths and legends, and use the data to support an argument or position.
  • Effectively use analytical skills of evaluation, cause and effect, compare and contrast.
  • Develop an appreciation for the study of history and an ability to see patterns repeat over time.
  • Participate in class discussions, writing exercises, and problem solving, in order to encourage a desire for life-long learning, as well as civic engagement. 


  • Unit 1: Early Middle Ages
  • Unit 2: Byzantine Empire (Eastern Roman Empire)
  • Unit 3: African Civilizations
  • Unit 4: High Middle Ages
  • Unit 5: Islamic Empires
  • Unit 6:  The Rise of Western European Intellectual Movements / Renaissance
  • Unit 7:  Meso and South American Civilizations
  • Unit 8: Age of Exploration, Empires, and Colonies in the Americas
  • Unit 9:  East Asia in Transition
  • Unit 10:  Absolutism and Enlightenment
  • Unit 11:  The Industrial Revolution
  • Unit 12:  The Age of Revolutions
  • Unit 13:  Global Imperialism
  • Unit 14:  Nationalism and Militarism
  • Unit 15:  The First World War
  • Unit 16:  The Interwar Era
  • Unit 17:  The Course of World War II
  • Unit 18:  The Cold War Era
  • Unit 19:  Toward a New World Era


Ellis, Elisabeth Gaynor, et al.  World History.  Florida Ed.  Saddleback, New Jersey: Pearson, 2012

ISBN 0-13-318725-X



are required and must be hand written unless one has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) that states class notes will be provided. 


including but not limited to, extra time, small group testing, having test directions and/or questions read aloud, will be gladly be given by Mrs. Lane if one has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) that grants the specific accommodation.


 A   90-100

B   80-89

C   70-79

D   60-69

F   59 and lower

Grade Percentages

Test and Quizzes         70%

Assignments                30%


  1. Be respectful
  2. Be responsible 

All rules as set forth by the St. Johns County School District, and the Administration of St. Johns Technical High School will be strictly enforced in my classroom. Violations of the aforenoted will result in: class discussion, private discussion, referral to coach (if applicable), phone/email contact with parent(s), and/or guardian(s), and/or referral to the dean. 


  • To respect the right of others to express their views.
  • To behave respectfully during patriotic observances.
  • To respect the religious beliefs of others.
  • To turn in all work on time.  Late work will receive full credit with excused absences only.
  • To plan, get approval for and conduct activities that are consistent with the school’s goals.
  • To follow the rules of responsible journalism under the guidance of an advisor, including seeking complete information about topics and refraining from publishing libelous, obscene or disruptive material.
  • To refrain from sexual harassment and all other forms of bullying and harassment.

 From the Student Code of Conduct:

Appearance Standards: Boys

Boy’s pants/slacks must be worn at the waist. No boxer shorts or underwear may be exposed.

Mustaches and beards shall be neatly trimmed.

 Appearance Standards: Girls

Tops and shirts must cover the entire shoulder and they must be modest and not revealing or distracting. Midriff or “cut-out” dresses and “cut out” tops may not be worn. Extremely short skirts are not allowed. Skirts must be no shorter than four inches (4″) above the top of the knee. Revealing clothing, pajamas and lingerie are not acceptable. Underwear must not be exposed.

Hair curlers and excessive make-up shall not be permitted.

Girls’ pants/slacks must be worn at the waist. No underwear may be exposed.



is taking the writings, thoughts, or ideas of another and giving the same out as his or her own writing, thought, or idea. This includes but is not limited to, tests, homework, class work, or any and all other class generated work product.


• Zero on that particular assignment.

• Referral to dean’s office.

• Notation in permanent academic file.

There is a zero tolerance policy for any type of plagiarism in my World History class.