World History II Syllabus


World History Semester I

World History Unit 1

World History Unit 1

World History Unit 1


The Ancient World: Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, Greece and Rome

World History Unit 2

World History Unit 1

World History Unit 1


The Rise of Christianity and Islam. Feudalism, Feudal life and Medieval Society, The Crusades and a transitioning Europe.

World History Unit 3

World History Unit 1

World History Unit 3


The Renaissance, Reformation, Scientific Revolution, Exploration and Expansion.

World History Semester II

Unit 4

Unit 4

Unit 4


The Age of Absolute Monarchs, the Enlightenment and  the revolting French.

Unit 5

Unit 4

Unit 4


Industrial Revolution, Nationalism and Imperialism

Unit 6

Unit 4

Unit 6


The Great War

Unit 7

Unit 7

Unit 6


World War II

Unit 8

Unit 7

Unit 8


The Cold War

World History II Syllabus

World History II

World History coincides with the AZ State Standards, MCCCD Official Course Competencies, and Common Core Standards

Instructor: Lisa Graul, MBA.

Spring 2020

Arizona Agribusiness and Equine Center

Phone: (602)297-8500 Ex 1317


Mon-Fri 7:15am-7:45am and Mon &Wed 1:30pm-4:30pm

Course Description:

World History 2 covers Encounters and Exchange through the contemporary world (1970s-Present). The course is broken down thusly:

Semester 2: Encounters and Exchange, The Age of Revolution, The Age of Imperialism, World at War and The Contemporary World.

This curriculum is in alignment with the Arizona Social Studies Standards (see As we progress through the year, we will incorporate aspects of Religion, Civics, Government, Geography, and Economics.

     NOTE: The History of the World cannot be effectively discussed without broaching

     the controversial subject of Religion. This course will, by necessity, discuss Religion

     at various times. It is not my intent to teach any specific religion or any religious

     Dogma. It is my intention to introduce students to the various philosophical aspects

     of the world’s religions when appropriate for the topic.


World History and Geography, Spielvogel, Jackson, ©2013 McGraw-Hill, 

ISBN: 978-0-07-660575-0


     What I expect from you, the student:

          1. Follow the class and school rules

          2. Be in the class and in your seat when class begins

          3. Participate each day in class

          4. Take notes each day

          5. Complete all assignments to the best of your ability

          6. Be proud of your work

          7. Do not plagiarize

          8. Be organized

          9. Be an active member of your assigned group

          10. Help each other

          11. Ask for help when needed

          12. Push yourself

     What you can expect from me:

          1. I will provide clear and relevant instructions for all assignments

          2. I will provide you with ample opportunities to participate each day

          3. I will grade your assignments in a fair and honest manner

          4. I will provide direct feedback on all written assignments

          5. I will be organized and prepared for class each day

          6. I will provide assistance when you require it

          7. I will push you to be the best student you can be

          8. I will push you to be the best person you can be

          9. I will prepare you to be an active and knowledgeable member of the community, the

              state, and the United States


I follow the laws of Arizona, the rules of the school, and I enforce the rules of the classroom. The classroom rules are as follows:

     1. Be on time; on time means in your seat

     2. Do not wear hats or other non-required religious headgear

     3. Beverages must have a sealable top

     4. There will be NO eating or chewing in the classroom

     5. I do not argue with students

     6. Turn in all assignments on time and in the correct location (provisions will be available

          for absences only) any assignment NOT in the correct location will be treated as NOT 

          turned in

     7. Use the restroom before or after class, any need to use the restroom during class will

          require you to make up the lost time after school (min 10 minutes) emergencies are


     8. Cell Phones and Handheld Electronic Devices (See below)

     9. Observe the Golden Rule

Cell Phones, Smart Phones and other Handheld Electronic Devices (HeD)

Cell phones, Smart phones and other handheld electronic devices will, from time-to-time be used during class. All students are encouraged to bring their personal HeD to class each day. While very useful, HeDs can also be an unwanted distraction in class, for this reason, the following is provided as the classroom rules for HeDs.

     1. Ringers and other audible indicators shall be set to off.

     2. Flashes and other visible indicators shall be set to off.

     3. Headphones, ear buds 

     4. HeDs shall be placed face down on the desk (see figure 1) upon arrival to class each day. 

     5. Students shall not interact with their (or their tablemates) HeD during class without the

          teacher authorizing the use of HeDs.


I understand that we all lead busy and active lives and that information is vital. However, school is just a vital as anything else going on outside the classroom. In the event that a parent, sibling, other relative, family pet or anything else is going on that you believe warrants your immediate notification via text, email or phone call parents must notify the front office so accommodations can be made to ensure the information reaches you. In NO CASE will checking texts, email or any other information be authorized without authorization from the teacher.

Violation of the HeD policy will result in the following:

     a) first offense: I will collect your device and keep it in my desk until the end of the school


     b) second offense: the front office will be informed that the student will be bringing their

          device up to the office.

     c) any and all subsequent offenses: (see (b) above and the student may be subject to 

         disciplinary action.)

Homework/Projects/Assignments completed outside of class:

I do not assign homework for the sake of assigning homework. When homework is assigned, it will also have an assigned due date (usually two or three days). Essays and other written tests and assessments will be researched and written at home and turned in when due (we will decide as a class on reasonable due date). 

The last day of the school week, usually Friday, your team FANSCHOOL score will be entered as a Current Event Grade. In the event you (or your team) are not happy with your weekly Current Event score, you can improve it by completing an extra credit current event. The templates for the individual and group extra credit current events are available on my website (

Projects and other outside the classroom written assignments must be typed using MLA format. (I require you use ONLY Times New Roman 12pt font). All submissions must be double spaced and have a Bibliography.

All assignments must have an MLA formatted header (Name, date, Class, Period)

As many of you have email addresses that do not contain your name, it is often difficult to determine who has submitted an assignment. To ensure that I am able to ascertain who has submitted what, all emailed assignments are required to follow the following naming convention IN THE SUBJECT LINE:

          Last name First Name Class Period Assignment Name

Group Work:

From time to time you will work with other students on an assignment or project. The vast majority of the time, you will select the individuals you work with. There will be a few times when I assign the groups. Regardless of how the group is established each student is responsible for the groups work. This means, each member of the group receives the same grade. It is imperative that each member of the group review the work of all other members. If one member of the group plagiarizes, all members of the group receive a zero for the assignment or project. If one member of the group has difficulty spelling, the deductions will apply to the final grade of ALL members of the group. PLEASE CHECK EACH OTHERS WORK!

Late Work:

Late work will be accepted for three days after the date it was due. An automatic 25% penalty will be applied to work turned in one day late. Each day thereafter the assignment will incur an additional 12.5% deduction. Work turned in after three days will not be accepted.

Missing Assignments:

Missing assignments will receive a score of zero for grading purposes. Any assignment received more than three days after the due date -unless prior arrangements have been made- will be considered missing and receive a score of zero.


You will be assessed each day on the material presented, some of the assessments will be written and graded, others will be to see how well I delivered the content and to make sure you understand the information.

Each unit will have an assessment. In the event that you are unhappy with your grade, the assessment can be repaired (see Improving Your Grade). Repairs for assessments will always be in different format than the original; for example, if the original assessment is multiple choice the repair will be something other than multiple choice. 


Grades are recorded for each assignment in SYNERGY. You will receive a letter grade each quarter based on the percentages listed below.




          F=Below 70%

Quarter grades are combined with grades earned in each follow-on quarter to determine a final grade. Assignments, projects and assessments carry different weights and impact a quarter grade differently.

Improving your grade:

Any assignment (except Current Events and QOTD) can be repaired during the semester it was due. In order to repair an assignment, inform me that you wish to repair (insert assignment/assessment here). Repairing an assignment is as simple as correcting what was wrong and resubmitting the assignment to me. Repairing tests and assessments are as discussed above.

The repaired work will be graded, and the original grade will be adjusted to reflect the repair. If you are still unhappy with the grade, it can be repaired again and again until you are content with your grade. Successfully repairing an assignment will gain you the grade of the repaired assignment.

     Example: A unit 1 assignment is worth 100 points. You receive a grade of 65%. You choose

     to repair the assignment and upon correcting the mistakes, the repaired assignment

     earns 90%. Your recorded grade will be changed to 90%. If you desire to repair the

     assignment a second time the option is available. Repairs can be completed until you

     earn the grade you want.

          Note: Turning in a minimal assignment with the intent of improving it later is

         highly discouraged and may result in the option to improve a grade being revoked.

Course Outline:


Topic                                                            Time Frame*                                 When Taught


Encounters   and Exchange                   3 weeks                                                S2Q1

Age of   Revolution                                    3 weeks                                                S2Q1

Age of   Imperialism                                  3 weeks                                                S2Q1

World at   War                                              5 weeks                                                S2Q2

Contemporary   World                             2 weeks                                                S2Q2

*The time frame is the length of time to complete the lesson. School-wide activities, half days, mandated testing and other occurrences are not factored into this time frame.


World History II Spring 2020 Semester (2019-2020 School Year)

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