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Jerry Alan Sayers
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Textbook: World History by Elisabeth Gaynor
Ellis and Anthony Esler, Pearson Prentice Hall, Boston: 2009.
Objective: The purpose of this
course is to examine the history of the world from the fifteenth
century to the present. It will examine Western Civilization in
Europe and the Americas, as well as its influence on the entire world
and Europe’s loss of Empire through internal warfare and world-wide
nationalism, and consider current world issues and their background.
classwork, homework, and quizzes count as one grade each.
checks count as four grades each.
and presentations count as five grades each.
(objective and essay) count as five grades each.
final exam will count as 15% of the course grade.
Directions for Research Projects
Directions for Research Papers
recognition of the
challenges posed by an honours course, three
points will be added to each student’s final grade.
Extra credit will not
be assigned to improve a grade.
Work is late if it
is not ready to be handed in at the beginning of class (unless
otherwise instructed). Late work will receive a penalty of 5
points per day, and must be submitted within five days of the due
date. Missed tests must be made up within three days of a
student’s return to school. Tests may require an hour and a half, so
always be present on test days!
1.Be in assigned seat when
2.Have class materials
ready and personal put away when bell rings.
3.Only speak with
4.Be respectful of
5.Turn in work on time.
6.Keep the room tidy.
7.Only leave the room
with a hall pass.
In case of inclement weather, lecture dates may move back one
day for each day missed. Presentation
dates will NOT change; if a presentation date is missed due to weather
or illness, students should be prepared to give the presentation on the
first day back in school.
Reading assignments and quizzes will be announced throughout the
session. Be sure to be diligent in reading the textbook.
Reading assignments listed show what we will read in class before a
semi-colon and what will be read at home that night after a
semi-colon. Be sure to have read everything listed before a given
date before arriving in class that day. Everything listed for
that date will be read during or after school that day.
AUG 8 Welcome
AUG 9 Introduction
AUG 11 The Middle Ages; pages 255-260
AUG 12 The Beginning of
Modern History; pages 269-275, 282-288
AUG 13 The Old World and
the New World; pages 444-451; 470-481
AUG 14 The Renaissance;
Slides; pages 406-417; 437-439
AUG 15 A Rebirth of Art
and Literature; pages 418-422; 487-497
AUG 18 Renaissance Drama; pages 423-427
AUG 19 The Reformation; pages 428, 431-433
AUG 20 The Reformation Spreads
AUG 21 The Counter-Reformation; pages 482-486
AUG 22 Tudor England; pages 429-430, 516; 452-456, 461-465
AUG 25 Elizabeth I and the Invincible Armada; pages 457-460, 504-509
AUG 26 France, the Hapsburgs, and the Thirty Years War; pages 510-511, 525-527
AUG 27 Test 1: Early Modern History
AUG 28 The Sun King; pages 510-515
AUG 29 The Stuarts; pages 516-517
SEP 1 LABOR DAY
SEP 2 The English Civil War; pages 517-520; 520-524
SEP 3 Eastern Europe and the Balance of Power; pages 525-529; 530-535
SEP 4 Locke and Newton; pages 540-548; 549-556
SEP 5 The Enlightenment; pages 557-565
SEP 8 The Enlightenment
SEP 9 Test 2: Absolute Monarchy
SEP 10 The French Revolution; pages 570-577; 578-583
SEP 11 The French Revolution; pages 584-590
SEP 12 The Best of Times and the Worst of Times
SEP 15 The Reign of Terror; pages pages 592-600, page 591
SEP 16 Napoleon; pages 606-611
SEP 17 The Industrial Revolution; pages 612-615; pages 616-626
SEP 18 Reform; pages 634-637; pages 638-643
SEP 19 Nationalism; pages 690-695; pages 700-708
SEP 22 The Springtime of Nations; Deutschland Über Alles music; 674-680
SEP 23 Storm and Stress: 19th Century Art and Ideas; pages 681-685
SEP 24 19th Century Ideas
SEP 25 Test 3: Nineteenth Century Europe
SEP 26 Anglo-America and Australia; 739-743; 796-800
SEP 29 Latin America; 645-651-801-807
SEP 30 The Middle East; 762-766; 750-753
OCT 1 PEP RALLY!
OCT 2 The Scramble for Africa; 754-759
OCT 3 South Asia and the East Indies; 767-771; 791-795
OCT 6 East Asia; 773-777; 783-790
OCT 7 Test 4: The Age of Imperialism
OCT 8 The Great War Begins; 813-828
OCT 9 Life in the Trenches; 829-838
OCT 10 The Treaty of Versailles
OCT 20 The Russian Revolution; 839-845; 861-864
OCT 21 Lenin and Stalin; 904-911
OCT 22 Life under Communism
OCT 23 The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
OCT 24 Test 5: World War I and the Russian
OCT 27 The West between the Wars; 881-890; 891-893
OCT 28 The West between the Wars
OCT 29 Worldwide Nationalism; 858-861; 865-868
OCT 30 The Rise of Fascism; 894-897; 898-902, 926
OCT 31 Hitler; 912-917
NOV 3 Nazi Germany; 922-929
NOV 4 NO SCHOOL
NOV 5 The Final Solution; 935-937
NOV 6 The Holocaust
NOV 7 Blitzkrieg; 930-934
NOV 10 Blitzkrieg
NOV 11 The Rise of Japan; 874-877
NOV 12 War in the Pacific; 869-873; 937-940
NOV 13 War in the Mediterranean; 940-942
NOV 14 The Eastern Front and D-Day; 942-947
NOV 17 The Tide Turns; 948-950
NOV 18 The Atomic Age; 950-953
NOV 19 Test 6: World War II
NOV 20 The Post-War World; 954-956; 964-969
NOV 21 The Iron Curtain; 970-974
NOV 29 Two Chinas and Two Koreas; 985-989; 989-991
NOV 30 The War in Vietnam; 992-993; 994-997
NOV 19 THANKSGIVING
NOV 20 THANKSGIVING
NOV 21 THANKSGIVING
DEC 1 The End of Empire; 1014-1019; 1020-1023
DEC 2 Test 7: The Cold War
DEC 3 The Fall of Communism; 1000-1003; 1004-1007; 1044-1047
DEC 4 The European Union; 1096-1098
DEC 5 Post-Colonial Africa; 1024-1031
DEC 8 The Consequences of Colonialism; 1048-1053
DEC 9 Israel and Palestine; 1032-1037
DEC 10 Terrorism; 1054-1059; 1115-1119
DEC 11 The Development of Latin America; 1082-1085; 1086-1088
DEC 12 The Rise of Asia; * 983-984; 1076-1080; 1099
DEC 15 Technological, Cultural, and Environmental Change
DEC 16 Test 8: A New World Order
DEC 17 Review
DEC 18 Review
DEC 19 EXAMS
page last updated 14 December, 2008.