Aubrey High School

    World History

    Class Guidelines 2022-23

    Mr. Spaulding


    AHS: (940) 668-3961 Ext. 2226

    Room B-126



     Democracy is based on respect for others, their opinions and opportunity to speak. For our class, this quote establishes that everyone has the right to think independently and we should all respect their thoughts. This class is designed to open your mind to the differences and similarities that exist in this world. We will be exploring the history of various civilizations, cultures, religions, regions, political groups, etc. that have impacted the world. These concepts, plus many more, will be tied into the issues that face the world each day. As a class, we will work to make the connections between the past and present, how various people, ideas, and events have shaped our world. A great deal of this class is driven by the students. Materials, organization, and focus will be given to allow the students to research and discover the topics at hand. Students will demonstrate their understanding through research papers, class work, assignments, class discussions, projects, debates, presentations, tests, etc.


                There is a great deal of material to cover in World History. Listed below is an outline of the topics we will attempt to cover through out the course of this school year. Some topics will be covered in more detail then others.

    o   Unit 1: River Valley & Classical Civilizations

    o   Unit 2: Greece & Rome

    o   Unit 3: Islam & Africa

    o   Unit 4: Byzantine Empire & the Middle Ages

    o   Unit 5: Americas, China & the Mongols

    o   Unit 6: The Renaissance & Protestant Reformation

    o   Unit 7: Exploration & Scientific Revolution

    o   Unit 8: The Middle East, Japan, & China

    o   Unit 9: Enlightenment, Revolutions, & Napoleon

    o   Unit 10: Industrial Revolution & Imperialism

    o   Unit 11: World War I & the Russian Revolution

    o   Unit 12: World War II

    o   Unit 13: The Cold War

    o   Unit 14: Decolonization & Globalization


      Each student’s grade will be determined on three different categories. Grades will also be divided by nine week periods and the semester exam. There may be extra credit possibilities on certain tests, projects, or assignments; but there will be no additional extra credit possibilities.

    Grading Categories and Percentages    

    o   Major = 50%                                                                 

    o   Daily = 40%                                                             

    o   Quiz  = 10%                                               



    -       Students will be tested after each unit.  

    -       Students may not use notes.

    -      Tests may include the following style questions: true/false, multiple choice, matching, fill in the blank, short answer, and/or maps.

    -      If a student is absent for a test they must make arrangements with Mr. Spaulding in order to make up the test in accordance with school policy.


    -       Projects will generally involve several days of group or individual work in and/or out of school.

    -       Projects will vary throughout the semester and will include research papers, essays, debates, presentations, PowerPoints, posters, etc.

    -       Students are allowed more time to work on projects then they are allowed on assignments and so they are expected to be more detailed, specific, and organized.

    -       No late work will be accepted on projects.



    -       Assignments will occur sporadically throughout the semester.

    -      These will include; warm-up notebooks, textbook questions, readings, write-ups, etc.

    -      No late work will be accepted on assignments. 

    -         Assignment grades will also include Participation Points. On various in-class work, you will be graded on staying focused and on task during the class time you are given. These points may also be given for class time spent working on projects. These points should be very easy to earn.

    -       Bell Work/Jumpstarts will take place most days during the first 5 minutes of class. Students are expected to be in their seats working on the Bell Work/Jumpstarts by the time the bell rings. Bell Work/Jumpstarts may consist of a quote, statement, or question related to our content and/or a current event, in which student are expected to write their response. Other Bell Work/Jumpstarts will simply be starting on the work for that day. As long as there is equal participation, Bell Work/Jumpstarts will not be turned in for a grade. Students are required to keep all their responses in their notebook.


    ·          Textbook

    ·          3 Ring Binder

    ·          Notebook Paper

    ·          Pens and/or Pencils

    Project Materials, which may include:

    ·          Markers

    ·          Colored Pencils

    ·          Poster Boards

    ·          Construction Paper

    ·          Glue

    ·          Scissors

    Project Materials will only need to be brought to class when requested by Mr. Spaulding. The need for project materials will vary depending on the requirements of a given project and sometimes assignments.


    The rules for this class are centered on the concept of respect. If there is respect by the teacher for the students, by the students for the teacher, and by the students for the students the class should run smoothly and we should have an effective learning environment. Listed below are the general class rules.

    1.    Students need to show respect for the teacher, the school, and especially their peers.

    2.    Students are not allowed to work on homework from other classes, unless they are granted permission.

    3.    Students must be on time (which means in your seat before the bell rings) and prepared for class everyday.

    4.    Students must be on task at all times.

    5.    Students are not allowed to have any food in the classroom during class time; water is the only drink that will be allowed.

    6.    Students are responsible for keeping the room neat and orderly, including cleaning up any messes they create. 

    Consequences: Students that do not follow the class expectations will receive a warning, student conference, parent phone call/conference, and/or office referral.


    ·          A         100-90

    ·          B          89-80

    ·          C         79-70

    ·          F         69-Below


                There are many topics to be covered in World History. Some things we will get to and other things we may not. Please feel free to approach me and discuss any concerns you might have with the class. If you have a topic you feel might be interesting come talk to me, if you have trouble with an assignment, project, or test come talk to me, and if you have any concerns what so ever about the class come talk to me. I cannot help you if you do not communicate with me. In the middle of class is probably not the best time to bring up personal issues, talk to me at a more appropriate time. I would like to make this class as enjoyable for you as possible. The best way for this to take place is with open communication.