Welcome to Honors World History! 

For specific information about classtime that you have missed, please go to the Canvas website for Honors World History

Classroom Expectations:

  1. Be respectful of your peers, the teacher, and other adults in the building.
  2. Participate in class discussions and projects\
  3. Think actively, reflectively, and outside the box
  4. Question everything you hear and believe to be true
  5. Be responsible for your grade, your assignments and your attitude

Supplies: You need a spiral or composition notebook, and something to write with every day. You are also required to have a daily planner. It would also be helpful to have a flash drive, and highlighters

Homework: Homework is due at the beginning of class on the due date and can be turned in early without penalty. If you do not finish an in-class assignment during the time given to you, you will be expected to have it completed by the beginning of the next class, and turn it in without being reminded.  

Late Work:  Renton High School Late Work Policy states that homework and in-class assignments will be deducted 5% of your earned score per day late, up to 50% of your earned score. All work must be turned in by the end of the unit, which will be clearly posted on the back board. Tests must be made up or retaken by the end of the semester and retakes are maxed out at 80%. Quizzes must be made up or retaken within one week of the original quiz date, and retakes are maxed out at 70%.

Makeup Absences: If you are absent, it is YOUR responsibility to check the teacher website to see what you missed, and to pick up the assignment (or download it from the website). I will not remind you or ask you for the assignment, it is your responsibility.  Make up tests or quizzes are by appointment only.

Assessments (Tests and Quizzes): There will be multiple content quizzes per unit that cover the textbook readings and things done in class. Unit assessments will cover multiple days and will cover both content and skills. These tests are designed to prepare you for taking an IB internal assessment or a college-level test.

Grades: Grades are assigned on a weighted basis:                                                                                                                                                  

  • Summative (labeled "Assessment" in skyward) = 42%. This will be made up of end of unit assessments, including the unit multiple choice tests and the unit written assessments. During 2nd semester, this will also include the CBA. These are the kinds of assessments that ask students to demonstrate how well they have done on a variety of skills and content learned throughout the unit or semester. 
  • Formative Content (labeled "Foundation" in skyward) = 21%. This ill be made up of content quizzes, presentations, and class discussions. 
  • Formative Skill (labeled "skill mastery" in skyward) = 21%. This will be made up of partial DBQs (for example, if only a specific piece of the DBQ is being worked on) and other skill-based learning.
  • Effort (labeled "participation" in skyward) = 16%. This will be made up of everything else, including participation, exit slips, planners, etc. 

Participation: I expect you to participate in discussions, class projects, and assignments. If you actively participate – which includes doing all the assigned readings on time, completing your homework on time, asking for help when needed, and studying for assessments, you will do well in this class.

Basic Goals for This Class:

  • You will be able to write a thoughtful response to an open ended question, explaining your rationale and defending your opinion using facts
  • You will be able to compare and contrast two or more groups or ideas and explain their similarities and differences in terms that make it clear that you understand the major ideas
  • You will be able walk yourself through a research project, including creating your own complex research question and finding and analyzing historically trustworthy source material
  • You will be able to analyze and explain primary and secondary source material clearly and thoroughly 

Units/Time Periods/Key Concepts:

This class is designed to give you a GLOBAL context for the current world. Significant effort will be made to equally address all major regions of the world in every unit, and present multiple viewpoints of events whenever possible.

Unit 1 – 10,000 BCE to 600 BCE – Technological and Environmental Transformations 

  • What makes us “civilized?”
  • How did core civilizations create distinctive, functional cultures/societies?

Unit 2 – 600 BCE to 600 CE – Organization and Reorganization of Human Societies

  • How did new states increase their power?
  • How did trade routes affect the growth of new states and the movement of people?

Unit 3 – 600 CE to 1450 CE – Regional and Transregional Interactions

  • How did the expansion of trade and the movement of people affect societies and cultures?
  • How did the increase in interactions between societies result in new types of governments?
  • How did increasing economic production affect societies and culture?

Unit 4 – 1450 CE to 1750 CE – Global Interactions

  • How did voyages of exploration affect communities?
  • How did changing economic demands affect class structure?
  • How did competition between states lead to an increase the ruler’s power within the state?

Unit 5 – 1750 CE to 1900 CE – Industrialization and Global Integration

  • How did industrialization affect politics, economies and cultures?
  • How did the increase in communication cause revolution?
  • How did the increasing movements of people affect societies and cultures?

Unit 6 – 1900 CE to the present – Accelerating Global Change and Realignments

  • How did scientific and technological advances cause worldwide demographic changes?
  • How did globalization contribute to new types of conflicts?
  • How did the increase in communication affect society and culture worldwide?



 Bulliet, Richard W, et.al. The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History. 3rd edition. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin Co, 2005. (While this is the official, district-provided textbook, it will only extremely rarely be used, if ever.)

In addition, we will use a variety of printed and online sources. 

Discipline: My goal for this class is to create and maintain a safe and productive learning environment for everyone. I will not tolerate actions that interfere with someone else’s ability to learn.

If you choose to be disruptive:

                                                1st offense – verbal warning

                                                2nd offense – verbal warning/one on one conversation

                                                3rd offense – discipline form (office referral to Dean of Students                                                                

Note:   Depending on the infraction or disruption, the teacher may call security or write up an office referral at any time

Offensive Language: You are not allowed to call anyone else stupid, dumb, retarded, or any variation of those words, or to use ANY kind of racial, ethnic, religious, or sexual slurs (including using “gay” to describe something you dislike). The use of foul or inappropriate language is not acceptable.

No perfumes or lotions to be used in class:  Due to the potential for an allergic reaction, please do not use perfumes, deodorants, lotions, etc in class, or bring peanut products in the room.

To contact me: christina.neuschwander <at> rentonschools.us   or call 425-204-3444 (email is preferred), or use Remind101 – text @rhshonorsw to 81010 to join the class

Important Websites:

  • www.rentonschools.us/rentonhs
  • http://staff.rentonschools.us/rhs/christinaneuschwander (class website)