• World History

    Chandler High School 2020-2021


    Instructor:  Mrs. Tess

    E-Mail:  tess.veronica@cusd80.com

    Office:  Room 118

                                                                                 Tutoring:  Tuesday and Thursday after school in Room 118 or Upon Request                                       ________________________________________________________________________________

    Welcome to World History and Geography class!  I am excited to work with you this year at CHS!  We will be exploring all around the world and throughout a LONG span of time in order to better understand WHO WE ARE as people and individuals.  We will also analyze how we have changed over time and how connections to our past still shape and mold our present world.  This is a survey course, which means that we will be exploring over 250,000 years of human history, we will do in a short, but informative, 10-month tour-I am your tour guide, Mrs. Tess.



    A study of World History is integral for students to analyze the human experience through time, to recognize the relationships of events and people, and to interpret significant patterns, themes, ideas, beliefs, and turning points in American and World History.  Students should be able to apply the lessons of World History to their lives as citizens of the United States and members of the world community.


    1. Research Skills – History Historical research is a process in which students examine topics or questions related to historical studies and/or current issues.  By using primary and secondary sources effectively, students obtain accurate and relevant information.  An understanding of chronological order is applied to the analysis of the interrelatedness of events.
    2. World Religions – Major World Religions that are still practiced today and how they influence perspective, laws and government, knowledge, societies, culture and identity.   
    3. Early Civilizations – The geographical, political, economic and cultural characteristics of early civilizations significantly influenced the development of later civilizations.
    4. World in Transition – People of different regions developed unique civilizations and cultural identities characterized by increased interaction, social complexity and competition.
    5. Renaissance and Reformation – The rise of individualism challenged traditional western authority and belief systems resulting in a variety of new institutions, philosophical and religious ideas, and cultural and social achievements.
    6. Encounters and Exchanges – Innovations, discoveries, exploration, and colonization accelerated contact, conflict, and interconnection among societies worldwide, transforming and creating nations.
    7. Age of Revolution – Intensified internal conflicts led to the radical overthrow of traditional governments and created new political and economic systems.
    8. Age of Imperialism – Industrialized nations exerted political, economic, and social control over less developed areas of the world.
    9. World at War – Global events, economic issues and political ideologies ignited tensions leading to worldwide military conflagrations and diplomatic confrontations in a context of development and change.
    10. Contemporary World – The nations of the contemporary world are shaped by their cultural and political past. Current events, developments and issues continue to shape the global community.



    Students who miss more then (2) homework assignments will get an EMAIL/PHONE CALL home to parents/guardians notifying them of a missing assignment.  Students who are absent have as many days as they were absent to make up the assignment.  It is the student’s responsibility to speak with Mrs. Tess after class in order to obtain the work and instructions.  Not completing an assignment is simply not acceptable.  Students who do not complete an assignment on time will need to do so during their own time or during tutoring.  Late work will not be accepted after September 25 (1st Quarter), December 11 (2nd Quarter), March 5 (3rd Quarter), and May 14 (4th Quarter). Any work turned in past three days late will only receive up to half credit. Homework is due AT the Time the teacher collects it – it will be marked late if turned in afterwards.  Plagiarism or cheating will result in a 0 on the assignment, including assessments (exams/quizzes).

    Semester Grades will be calculated using the standard formula:                                                                          

    1st Quarter                   40%                                                                                                                                               

    2nd Quarter                  40%                                                                                                                                               

     Semester Exam           20%



    It is your responsibility to keep an agenda (either paper or electronic) for recording assignments and due dates. I will often make reminders in class, but it is ultimately your planner.  As a freshman, you are setting yourself up for success here, so keeping a planner is essential to that process.  Here is a list of recommended supplies for our class:                                                                                                                                                       

    • 2 – 1 subject notebooks (one for each semester)
    • Pens/Pencils?Colored markers
    • 2 packs of lined paper (wide or college ruled) – this is a class drop off (I will always keep paper for you in class, and you do not have to worry about running out)
    • 1 large box of Kleenex tissue/1 container Clorex Wipes (class drop-off for when you need it)
    • Textbook – kept in class, but you are allowed to check them out if you need to – just see me for check-out

    ***Videos/Movies:  These may include, but are not limited to, films (i.e. War Horse - World War I and Remember the Titans - Civil Rights), History Channel documentaries (Alexander the Great and The French Revolution), and YouTube video shorts aligning with the curriculum.


    Online Learning (when and if needed):

    When and if we move to an online format, it is expected that students will log in to Google Classroom at their regularly scheduled time – we will be following the new block format that will be used throughout this school year. The majority of lessons will be pre-recorded to accommodate everyone’s time constraints and I will open a “Google Meets” meeting with me at the end of each class, so I can personally clarify any questions that may arise. All students are expected to follow the same expectations that would be seen in a “normal” classroom – I expect responsible, mature young men and women.

    This is also a reminder that: ‘Gaggle’ identifies inappropriate words and images in Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs and more. Trained professionals then apply consistent, school- or district-approved policies for positive intervention, alerting Chandler High School administrators of the issue. This means your time and work in the Google classroom will be monitored.

    This distance learning is new to everyone so I will provide patience to you and your student and hope you will provide me the same. For consistency sake each class will follow the same basic schedule. The day’s work will be in the Google Classroom under Classwork and under the date. The students will do the activities in the order they appear. Here is a sample schedule:

    1. Pre-recorded content delivery presentation
    2. Live Meet      1. Review- ask questions    2. Activity- discussion, debate, jigsaw, document analysis, etc…
    3. Independent Work- reading from text or other sources, writing, video
    4. Small group check in- after the live session I will ask a few kids to stay on to chat.


                 CHANDLER HIGH SCHOOL AND GAGGLE SAFETY MANAGEMENT FOR G SUITE:                          

    Chandler Unified School District has partnered with Gaggle to help provide a safe digital environment for students to learn. CHS uses Gaggle Safety Management for G Suite to help keep students in grades 5-12 safe when using the G Suite for Education platform from Google and to further promote student and educator productivity in a safe and controlled environment.

    Gaggle Safety Management combines industry leading technology with expert Safety Representatives, who review content 24/7 to assure students are safe. Gaggle identifies inappropriate words and images in Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs and more. Trained professionals then apply consistent, school- or district-approved policies for positive intervention, alerting Chandler High School administrators if there is an imminent threat to a student.

    Gaggle uses a safety management response rubric which categorizes all recorded items according to the nature and severity of the content in question. Their Safety Management Team determines where the content falls on the rubric and takes appropriate action. Their response rubric categorizes incidents as either 1) violation 2) questionable content 3) possible student situation.

    The table below provides additional details.

    Level 1 Violation:  These items typically include situations where a student used minor profanity, insulting language or attempted to save or send provocative or inappropriate (but not pornographic) images. These are items that would typically result in a student warning. Administrators are alerted of these findings. High school students receive a message directly from Gaggle for their first and second violation and school administrators are included on any violation thereafter.

    Level 2 Questionable Content (QCON):  These are items that would typically give cause for concern and need to be brought to the attention of a school administrator, but are not believed to reveal an immediate threat to a student. Email and/or text notifications are sent to the appropriate school and/or division personnel. Items in this category can include, but are not limited to: cyberbullying; professional pornography; graphic, violent, or sexual stories; references to suicide or self-harm that do not include specific plans or a time-frame; past drug use; or references to potential physical altercations that do not mention specific plans or a time frame.

    Level 3 Possible Student Situations (PSS):  These are items that reveal an immediate threat to the student, including but not limited to: violence, suicide, self-harm, pornography, rape or harmful family situations. Detected items in this category result in direct personal notification by telephone to the appropriate school and/or district personnel.

    Please understand, given this new format, that all assignments are subject to change. I will do my best to incorporate all of the activities that are normally completed in this class; however, some will have to be modified.




    Students are expected to adhere to the Chandler High School Student Handbook.  Cell phones should be put away before coming into the classroom and personal business should be taken care of.  Students are expected to show respect to all peers, teachers, and property.


    Please sign and return this last page to your World History teacher.




    Date: _______________________


    Student Name (PRINT):                                    Parent/Guardian Name (PRINT):


    _____________________________                ________________________________


    Student Signature:                                            Parent/Guardian Signature:


    _____________________________                ________________________________


    * If you feel there is any additional information, I should know about you, please leave that information in the space provided:





    Please note: The instructor reserves the right to add, delete, or change this list in order to meet the needs of the class.

    Any Changes will be announced in class. vgt/Oct 2020