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World  History Syllabus


Coach Eddie Gambrell

Phone:        770-748-0490

Email:        egambrell@polk.k12.ga.us


Text:  Holt World History: The Human Journey


World History is a required full year course within the Cedartown High School curriculum and satisfies on of the graduation requirements of one credit in social science. In an effort to expand the boundaries of historical analysis this course will not focus on a particular country or region, theme or period, but rather survey history on a larger scale.  The goal is not to learn everything that happened in World History but to focus on broad themes and look at cross cultural connections that do relate to our world today.


Classroom Behavior:


RESPECT:  All students will respect themselves, their community members and their learning environment.

READINESS:  All students must attend class everyday and come prepared to actively participate in daily activities.

RESPONSIBILITY:  All students must accept responsibility for themselves and their actions.


Course Requirements:


  1. Students must come to class prepared and ready to learn.
  2. Tests are given at the end of each unit (with exceptions).
  3. Students will also be responsible for weekly current events due each Friday.  Current events are worth 10 points each. Current events will not be accepted late, if you are absent the current event is due the day you return to school.
  4. Students will be given daily assignments, which will usually be due the following day.
  5. Extra credit assignments may be offered but are not guaranteed.
  6. Students will participate in various group and individual projects.


Units of Study:


The Ancient World                                          The Medieval World

Renaissance and Reformation                          Exploration and Colonization

Age of Exploration and Rebellions                  Imperialism and Nationalism

Modern Era


Standards: For a complete list of standards covered in this and other social science classes at the high school level see the following Georgia Board of Education website.




Late Work:

Late work will be accepted, (except Current Events), with the following conditions:

Excused absences:  Assignments that were due on the date of absence must be turned in the day you return to school or they become late.  Assignments that were assigned on the date of absence will have the same number of days to be completed as non-absent students had.  If the revised due date is missed, the work becomes late.

Late work:  Students are expected to turn in completed work by the due date. Current events are due every Friday at the beginning of class. Current events that are not complete or that are not turned in will result in a zero for that assignment. Students will also receive a lunch detention if they do not have their current event turned into the basket on or before the beginning of class.

Late work resulting from unexcused absences will receive a zero.



Just don’t do it!!! Cheating, copying and plagiarizing are forms of dishonesty. Students caught copying will receive a zero for the assignment or test. Allowing someone to copy your completed paper will result in a zero for you as well.


Plagiarism: to use the words or ideas of another person as if they were your own words or
ideas. Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plagiarize  Do not copy directly from the Internet source and try to turn it in as your own work. Changing one or two words from an Internet source is still plagiarism. Read the information, process the information, and then rewrite the information in your own words. Students who plagiarize receive a failing grade for that assignment.


Students will not be allowed to have students out in class.  If students are caught on their phones the phone will be taken up and given back to the students at the end of class.  Second offense the phone will be taken to the office and the student’s parents will have to go pick it up.


Regular attendance is crucial to academic success.  If you must be absent due to illness or other issues make sure that you get your missed work and turn it in on time to receive full credit.

Come to class on time!  (3) Tardies will equal (1) absent



The following is the grading scale for Cedartown High School: All grades will be on a point system and converted to a letter grade for reporting purposes. I do not round grades up, the grade you earn is the grade you get.





            F=64 and below 

Need Help?

I am available before and after school daily. Do not hesitate to come and ask for help!



In all classroom situations…

Be Respectful

Be Responsible

Be Safe

Topic/ Situation

Expectations & Routines


If you are absent please pick up an admit slip prior to coming to class and show it to me upon your arrival. It is your responsibility to get any notes or work missed when you return from an absence.

Food and drink

Please enjoy your food and drink outside of class. Plain water is allowed in the classroom but no sodas, vitamin water, propel or flavored waters are allowed.

Getting help

I am available every day at 7:30 am and from 3:20-4:00. Feel free to stop in and ask for help if needed.

In-class assignments and homework

The majority of our work is done during class time please use your class time wisely. When we are in the lab working on a project or assignment please make sure you are working not checking email or playing games. 

Personality conflicts/ difference of opinions

You will potentially be asked to work with classmates with whom you do not get along.  Regardless, be respectful.  Keep in mind that this is usually for a limited duration.  Working effectively with those whom you may differ is an essential skill for your future!  If the situation is intolerable, please see me privately and be ready with some alternative ideas/ solutions. 

Restroom/ locker

Whenever possible, use the restroom and get items from your locker between classes.  If you must use the restroom or go to your locker, please wait until instructions/ whole-class activity such as note-taking or example problems are completed.  Be sure to ask for permission, use a pass, and do specifically what you asked in as quick a manner as possible.

Technology in the classroom

Cell phone use is restricted to the hallways. If cell phones are out during class time they will be confiscated and can be picked up in the office at the end of the day.









World History Syllabus





To ensure that you are aware of the course rules and procedures, please read the course syllabus and discuss with your child. Once you have done so, please sign and return this form to Coach Gambrell. If returned by Friday August 11, 2017 students will receive 10 extra credit points.


Thank you




Student Name (Please Print)






I have read the course syllabus.  I understand the expectations and requirements.



Parent/Guardian: ____________________________Date: _____________________



Student: _________________________________