Russell O. Brackman Middle School

World History - Syllabus

Course Information

Teacher Information

World History

Name: Mr. Szot

Full Year

Phone: 609-698-5880

Class Location: Room #N112



Teacher Website:

Course Description:

All students will acquire the knowledge and skills to think analytically and systematically about how past interactions of people, cultures, and the environment affect issues across time and cultures. Such knowledge and skills enable students to make informed decisions as socially and ethically responsible world citizens in the 21st century.

Course Competencies/ Learning Objectives

Students who successfully complete World History will be competent in the following areas:

  • Students will understand the Common Core Standards for reading and writing in Social Studies found under CCSS.ELA – Literacy. RH6-8.1through 8.10.
  • Students will be able to identify Key Ideas and Details.
  • Students will be able to perform Craft and Structure.
  • Students will be able to define Integration of Knowledge and Ideas.
  • Students will be able to achieve a Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity.


Course Texts / Online Resources

                               “World History “

                               by Stanley M. Burstein and Richard Shek

                               Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company 



Required Materials

Each student is responsible for having a separate Social Studies Binder in class.  It must be a separate binder from any other class. There have been too many times a student can’t find the Social Studies work, because of ELA, Math or Science work in their Social Studies binder. This will help them organize their work, paper, pens and pencils.  When I ask for homework, there it is.  Each student should have at least two pens and two pencils in the binder always.  I do not lend or give pencils or pens.  That will enable the students to forget or always depend on me for a pen. 


Attendance Policy

Regular and prompt class attendance is an essential part of the educational experience.  The Barnegat Township School District expects students to be responsible and exercise good judgment regarding attendance and absences.  Students accept full responsibility for ensuring that they complete any/all work missed due to absences. 


Course Topic Outline Please find a list of the units for this course below:


Content Area: Social Studies

Course Title: World History

Grade Level: 8

Unit 1: The Beginning of Human Society-

46 Days

Unit 2: Early Civilizations and The Emergence of Pastoral Peoples (c.4000- 1000 BCE)

47 Days

Unit 3: The Classic Civilizations of The Mediterranean World, India, and China

43 Days

Unit 4: Expanding Exchanges and Encounters (500 CE- 1450CE)

40 Days


Student Grades

The grading system for this course is based on the category weights listed in each department’s policy.  For this course, those weights are listed below.   Each marking period, students will have a minimum of three (3) Major Assessments and five (5) Minor Assessments (explained below).  Homework is graded for completion, and Class Participation is assessed using the district rubric. 


Major Assessments


50% of marking period grade

Minor Assessments


30% of marking period grade

Class Participation


10% of marking period grade



10% of marking period grade

Class Participation Rubric

Meets or Exceeds


100 - 93

The student:

  • ensures that the class is a community of respect;
  • consistently arrives prepared for class;
  • ·voluntarily participates on a consistent basis;
  • consistently remains focused and on task;
  • initiates and sustains discussion;
  • evaluates and responds to peer points;
  • consistently demonstrates leadership in collaborative activities.

Approaches Expectations

92 - 85

The student:

  • recognizes the class as a community of respect;
  • usually arrives prepared for class;
  • willingly participates on a regular basis;
  • remains focused and on-task on a regular basis;
  • contributes to discussion on a regular basis;
  • listens to and responds to peer points;
  • contributes to collaborative activities on a consistent basis.

Does Not Meet Expectations

84 - 70

The student:

  • fails to recognize the class as a community of respect;
  • frequently arrives unprepared for class;
  • rarely participates, even when called upon;
  • lacks focus and rarely remains on task;
  • rarely engages in discussion; 
  • reacts to peer points rather than responds;
  • rarely engages in collaborative activities.


  • Examples of Major Assessments include items that are summative in nature, such as: tests, projects, research papers, prose-constructed response timed writings, formal presentations, reports, Socratic seminars, or any other type of assessment used to capture evidence of learning at the culmination of a unit of study.
  • Examples of Minor Assessments include items that are formative in nature, such as: quizzes, reading comprehension checks, response journals, exit tickets, small-scale research activities, reading logs, in class worksheets, or any other type of assessment that is diagnostic in nature and used to guide instruction and provide ongoing feedback to students.
  • Note: grades for individual assignments are entered into Genesis for the marking period in which the assignment is assigned and collected, and not a subsequent marking period.
  • There is no extra credit.Extra credit enables the student to avoid work until the end of the grading period.I have also found that students neglect the current assignment while concentrating on the extra credit. See Extra Help and Support below.
  • In this course, it is expected that students will submit only their best work, and teachers reserve the right not to accept work that is substantially below what a student is capable of producing.


Plagiarism, Cheating, and Academic Integrity

The Barnegat Township School District places a strong emphasis on students’ integrity, and the district will not tolerate instances of academic dishonesty.  Plagiarism is the practice of copying words, sentences, images, or ideas for use in written or oral assessments without giving proper credit to the source.  Cheating is defined as the giving or receiving of illegal help on anything that has been determined by the teacher to be an individual effort.  Both are considered serious offenses and are subject to consequences described in the Student Handbook and Board Policy #5701. 


Classroom Expectations

Classroom Rules:  1.  Follow directions the first time they are given.                                      

                                      2.  Have all material ready to use when class


                                      3.  Raise your hand and wait for permission to


                                      4.  Stay in your seat unless you have

                                            permission to do otherwise.

                                      5.  Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself.

Extra Help and Support

I am available for assistance at 7AM, and after school assistance. I do not receive a stipend for this assistance.

I have read and understand the syllabus for World History



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