The goals for this class are to help students understand the complex interaction between geographic, physical, political, cultural, economic, and social factors that affect people living in this current globalized time period, while developing their reading, writing, listening, speaking, questioning, and critical and creative thinking skills.

Academic Expectations

All students are expected to take an active role in learning about the world around them and to succeed in doing so. All students are expected to ask questions, participate in discussions, actively listen to their fellow students and teacher(s), and attend to all activities taking place in class. In addition, all students are expected to complete all assignments on time, complete homework, take thorough notes, study for assessments, and be prepared with required academic materials. Academic honesty is expected from all students at all times. Academic honesty includes both honestly answering questions in class and on assignments and only signing one's own name to one's own work. Students found copying, cheating, or plagiarizing will be subject to the consequences detailed in the academic honesty section of the student handbook.

Behavior Expectations

In this class all students will be expected to treat their classmates and teacher(s) with respect, and to accept other students regardless of race, gender, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, or political affiliation. Students are also expected to behave appropriately at all times, including:

  1. Showing respect to fellow students and teachers

  2. Listening when it is time to listen

  3. Staying in your seat unless activities require otherwise

  4. Raising your hand to ask or answer questions

  5. Using appropriate language for school

  6. Respecting others' property and personal space

  7. Keeping your area clean and respecting school/teacher property

  8. Following all school rules for conduct

  9. Refraining from using electronic devices in the classroom


Absences - When a student is absent, it is the student's responsibility to get all missed assignments, turn in work due during the absence, or make up any quizzes, tests, or other assessments. Quizzes, tests, and other assessments must be made up within five school days of a student's return. The student can consult the teacher(s) at an appropriate time (not during class), check with a classmate, or use the class website to find out what he or she missed.

Attendance - Students are expected to be in class every day. Students should be in the classroom and seated when the bell rings. Three late arrivals will result in administrative disciplinary action.

Assignments - All work is to be turned in when an assignment is due. Credit will not be given for work turned in more than one class day late, unless a student was absent or experiences extenuating circumstances. In such a case of extenuating circumstances, a student must submit a written memo to the teacher(s) either asking for an extension and/or explaining the reason the assignment was not turned in on time. It is best to let the teacher(s) know ahead of time if you will not be able to turn in an assignment on time.

Discipline - Discipline issues will be handled between the student and teacher(s) for more routine incidents, and may involve an after-school detention. If discipline problems continue, the teacher(s) will contact parents to seek their involvement. If issues still persist, administrative action will be the last resort.


Students will be graded on most assignments done in class and all homework assignments, quizzes, tests, and projects. Citizenship will make up 10%, classwork and class participation will make up 25%, homework will make up 25%, and quizzes, tests, and projects will make up 40% of each student's final marking period grade. The midterm exam will count as 20% of the first semester grade, while each of the first two marking period grades will count for 40% of the semester grade. Similarly, the final exam will count as 20% of the second semester grade, while the third and fourth marking period grades will each count for 40% of the second semester grade.

Citizenship Grade - As mentioned above citizenship will count for 10% of each marking period grade. You will be graded every day for being a good citizen in class, which includes coming to class on time (3 points), being prepared for class (up to 3 points), and using good classroom etiquette (up to 4 points), for a total of 10 points per day.

Needed Items

All students will need a notebook to organize their class materials and for taking notes. A three-ring binder usually works well for this purpose. Students will also need to have a writing implement handy at all times during class. Most days students will need to bring their textbooks to school.