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Huntington Park College-Ready Academy
History 10
Mr. Hernandez

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Phone: 323-923-1588 (school’s main line)

Class Description
World History, Culture, and Geography: The Modern World
Students in grade ten study major turning points that shaped the modern world, from B.C.E through the present, including the causes and course of two world wars. They trace the rise of democratic ideas and develop an understanding of the historical roots of current world issues, especially as they pertain to international relations. They extrapolate from the American experience that democratic ideals are often achieved at a high price, remain vulnerable, and are not practiced everywhere in the world. Students develop an understanding of current world issues and relate them to their historical, geographic, political, economic, and cultural contexts. Students consider multiple accounts of events in order to understand international relations from a variety of perspectives.
Course Work
Students will have daily classroom procedures. They will include do now activities, interactive notebook activities, bookwork packet, jig-saw reading, Group activities, Cornell notes, and lectures.
Major assessment will include, section assessment, unit exams, Benchmarks exams quarterly, and two major projects.
Homework will be given daily except for Wednesday and will be do the next class meeting.
Tutoring will be available once a week. It will be required for any student with an NP, and open to any student who would like the extra help.
Calendar of Major Topics for year
September- Students relate the moral and ethical principles in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, in Judaism, and in Christianity to the development of Western political thought.
October- Students compare and contrast the Glorious Revolution of England, the American Revolution, and the French Revolution and their enduring effects worldwide on the political expectations for self-government and individual liberty.
November- Students analyze the effects of the Industrial Revolution in England, France, Germany, Japan, and the United States.
December- Students analyze patterns of global change in the era of New Imperialism in at least two of the following regions or countries: Africa, Southeast Asia, China, India, Latin America, and the Philippines.
January- Students analyze the causes and course of the First World War.
February- Students analyze the effects of the First World War.
March- Students analyze the rise of totalitarian governments after World War I.
April- Students analyze the causes and consequences of World War II.
May- Students analyze the international developments in the post–World War II world.
June- Students analyze instances of nation-building in the contemporary world in at least two of the following regions or countries: the Middle East, Africa, Mexico and other parts of Latin America, and China.


Students will show their pride in themselves and their school by:
• Following all rules of behavior and conduct, including wearing the school uniform
• Practicing and promoting intellectual honesty
• Respecting the ideas and opinions of fellow students and school personnel
• Attending classes regularly and on time
• Completing assigned work and seeking tutoring when necessary
• Being prepared for class (i.e. books, materials, homework, pencils/pens)
• Participating fully in class and school assignments, discussions, and assessments
• Respecting the property and safety of the school and others
• Being considerate of others and keeping the campus clean

Violations of the Honor Code include, but are not limited to:
• Any type of classroom disturbance, including eating in class
• Plagiarism (print or electronic) or cheating on any assignment or assessment
• Failure to promptly follow lawful directions of all staff members
• Fighting, horseplay, pushing, throwing, running, or yelling
• Inappropriate use of technology and telecommunications
• Bringing and/or using MP3 players, radios, video games, or other electronic devices
• Leaving the HPCRAHS closed campus during school hours
• Use, possession, or sale of alcohol, tobacco, or a controlled substance or paraphernalia
• Possession of a knife, gun, explosive, or other dangerous object
• Theft or destruction of school property or the property of others

Students who violate the HPCRAHS Honor Code or school rules are subject, but not limited to:
• Verbal warning
• Loss of privileges (i.e. detention or school service)
• A verbal and/or written notice to parents
• Conference with student/parent
• Suspension or expulsion

Required Materials
• One 150 page spiral-bound notebook with your name, class, and class period marked clearly on the inside cover with black permanent marker. (interactive notebook)
• Color Pencils
• 3 Highlighters-Green, Yellow, Pink
• Black or blue ball point pens
• Paper
• Paper Folder with pockets

Classroom Policies
• Preparedness—Everyday you come to class, you need to be on time, and you need to have your interactive notebook, materials, and follow all rules and procedures.
• Papers—All papers you turn in must be typed, stapled, and in MLA format (we will talk about what this is before the first paper is due).

• Restroom- No restroom. Students should use the restroom before and after class.

• Phone- There should be no phone visible or heard. If it is, I will be confiscated and only returned to a parent.

• Books and Materials- All books, desks, and school property will be respected and protected. Students are responsible for their own materials and should not be loaned out or left in the classroom, because if they are damaged the student assigned the material will be held responsible.

Grading Policy
All grading is standard based on a 1-5 point rubric scale.

An equivalent percentage scale will be used on quizzes and exams

90%-100% 4-5
80%-89% 3-4
70%-79% 2-3
69%- Lower 1
Late and Missed Assignments
• Late/Missed Assignments—Late assignments are unacceptable to me. If you come to me the day before a paper is due, I cannot help you. If you forgot your paper at home on the due date, there’s nothing I can do for you. If you couldn’t get your paper typed, or if the printer “crashed,” I will say you should have planed ahead. I consider any of the above irresponsible. Most of your teachers here and your professors in college will tell you the same thing. I will have certain days when I’ll stay in during lunch, and you are more than welcome to stay on those days and get help from me, or to use the computers to type. If you plan ahead, ask questions, and ask for help, you will have no problem turning in work on time.

At the beginning of the year, we will establish homework buddies—a friend you can call to discuss the work you missed if you’re ever absent from school. If you have the materials at home, you need to make your best attempt to complete the assignment. Sometimes that’s not possible because you don’t have the handout, or you don’t understand. That is why the day you come back to school, I expect you to come see me about the work you missed. The concepts we learn and the activities we do in class build on each other, so you need to make up the work as soon as possible. If you don’t see me right away, you will not be allowed to make up the work.