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English and World History

     

 

Course Description (English)

This course covers a wide range of skills related to the English language. All the Common Core Standards are thoroughly covered. Major units include:

 
  • Reading Literature
  • Reading Non-Fiction
  • Literary Analysis
  • Vocabulary Development
  • Grammar
  • Narrative Writing
  • Essay Writing
  • Writing Strategies
  • Writing Conventions
  • MLA Format
 

In addition, students will:

 
  • Write research papers documented in MLA style. (MLA is a standard format for college research papers).
  • Work collaboratively in groups.
  • Make presentations to the class.
  • Create blogs.
 

Course Description (World History)

This course covers the significant events, people, and ideas of world history, from the earliest humans to the present day. Special attention is given to the period known as the Middle Ages. All the California State Standards and the Common Core Standards are thoroughly covered. Major units include:

 
  • Spread of Christianity
  • Fall or the Roman Empire
  • Rise of Islam
  • Viking Invasions
  • Age of Chivalry
  • Six Chinese Dynasties
  • Africa's Golden Age
  • Crusades
  • Plague
  • Renaissance
  • Protestant Reformation
  • Scientific Revolution
  • Maya and Aztec Civilizations
  • Age of Exploration
  • Conquest of the Americas
  • The Enlightenment
 

In addition, students will:

 
  • Memorize the location of all the major countries of the world.
  • Memorize the major geographic features of the earth.
  • Create a map portfolio.
  • Work collaboratively in groups.
  • Make presentations to the class.
 

Grades

Grades are based on the student's mastery of specific learning objectives. (See "standards based grading"). Objectives are divided into the following categories. Each category is worth 25% of the student's overall grade.

 
English

Reading

25%

Writing

25%

Grammar

25%

Vocabulary

25%

 
World History

History

25%

Geography

25%

Homework

25%

Projects

25%

 


Homework

Make-up Work / Late Work

Materials

Students should bring the following things to class every day:

Rules

 

Rules

1

Raise your hand. Don't talk out of turn.

2

Treat others with courtesy.

3

No cell phones, iPads, or other electronic devices.

4

No eating or drinking.

5

No computer games.

6

Stay in your seat.

7

Never throw anything. Clean up your own mess.

8

Don't leave before the bell.

9

Don't sit behind the teacher's desk.

10

Follow the teacher's instructions.

 


Citizenship

Citizenship grades are a measure of how well the student follows the rules of the classroom. Specifically, your citizenship grade is determined by the number of infractions that you accumulate each grading period. (An infraction is a violation of the rules).

 

# of Infractions

Citizenship Grade

0 - 5

E (Excellent)

6 - 10

S (Satisfactory)

11 - 15

W (Warning)

16 or more

U (Unsatisfactory)

 

 

Bathroom Passes

Please respect the following rules regarding bathroom passes:

Tutoring

I am available for tutoring most days after school. Students are helped on a first-come, first-served basis. If you think you may need individual help completing any assignment, please don't wait until just before the due date!

Contact

Mr. Tefel Hall
Classroom: 124

The best way to contact me is through Synergy.

Let's have a great year!