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Miller Grove High School

Dekalb County Schools

Course Syllabus

Course Syllabus




         School Year/Semester: 2020-2021/ Fall__


Course Name

AP Word History

Course Code


School Name

Miller Grove High School 

Teacher Name

Ashley A. Ligon

School Phone Number


Teacher Email

School Website

Teacher Website

Google Classroom


Class Code: rcw4hxm



Course Description:

Advanced Placement World History is a year long course (Fall and Spring semester) intended to develop an understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts including interactions over time. This non-traditional approach looks at the common threads of humanity—trade, religion, politics, society, and technology—and investigates how each have changed and continued over time. The course traces the human experience from the emergence of Neolithic cultures to the 21st Century, C.E., emphasizing the historical thinking skills, writing skills, and content knowledge characteristic of a college-level world history course. Students will devote considerable time to the critical evaluation of primary and secondary sources, as they write essays, engage in class discussions, participate in Socratic seminars and assess their knowledge through unit test.

  1. The AP course in World History is paired course with Asian Studies fall semester and Latin American Studies spring semester. The courses will appear on your schedule as two course. 


Curriculum Overview 

The following academic concepts will be covered. THIS IS ONLY A GUIDE AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.




Foundations: Up to 1200C.E.

Unit 1 – The Global Tapestry, c. 1200 C.E. to c. 1450

Unit 2 – Networks of Exchange, c. 1200 C.E. to c. 1450

Unit 3 – Land Based Empires, c. 1450 to c. 1750

Unit 4 – Transoceanic Connections, c. 1450 to c. 1750

Unit 5 - Revolutions, c. 1750 to c. 1900

Unit 6 – Consequences of Industrialization , c. 1750 to c. 1900 

Unit 7 – Global Conflict, c. 1900 to present

Unit 8 – Cold War and Decolonization, c. 1900 to present

Unit 9- Globalization, c. 1900 to present 





 World Civilizations: The Global Experience




Replacement Cost


Online book and/or resources


Online student access code          (school specific)



GRADING SYSTEM: The DeKalb County School District believes that the most important assessment of student learning shall be conducted by the teachers as they observe and evaluate students in the context of ongoing classroom instruction. A variety of approaches, methodologies, and resources shall be used to deliver educational services and to maximize each student’s opportunity to succeed. Teachers shall evaluate student progress, report grades that represent the student’s academic achievement, and communicate official academic progress to students and parents in a timely manner through the electronic grading portal. See Board Policy IHA.







Pre-Assessments Prior to Learning (Formative Assessments) - 0%

Assessments During Learning – 25%

Guided, Independent, or Group Practice – 45%

Summative Assessments or Assessments of Learning– 30%

A             90 – 100                               ~P (pass)

B             80 – 89                                 ~(fail)                

C             71 – 79 

D             70 

F              Below 70



*English Learners (ELs) must not receive numerical or letter grades for the core content areas in elementary and middle school during their first year of language development. A grade of CS or CU must be assigned. This rule may be extended beyond the first year with approval from the EL Studies Program. English Learners must receive a grade for ESOL courses.


~Elementary schools will utilize P (pass) and F (fail) in Health/Physical Education, Music, World Languages, Visual Arts and Performing Arts. 









Semester progress reports shall be issued four and a half, nine and thirteen and a half weeks into each semester.  The progress of students shall be evaluated frequently, and plans shall be generated to remediate deficiencies as they are discovered. Plans shall include appropriate interventions designed to meet the needs of the students. See Board Policy IH.





Students will not engage in an act of academic dishonesty including, but not limited to, cheating, providing false information, falsifying school records, forging signatures, or using an unauthorized computer user ID or password. See the Code of Student Conduct - Student Rights and Responsibilities and Character Development Handbook.





Homework assignments should be meaningful and should be an application or adaptation of a classroom experience.  Homework is at all times an extension of the teaching/learning experience.  It should be considered the possession of the student and should be collected, evaluated and returned to the students. See Board Policy IHB.





When a student is absent because of a legal reason as defined by Georgia law or when the absence is apparently beyond the control of the student, the student shall be given an opportunity to earn grade(s) for those days absent. Make-up work must be completed within the designated time allotted. See Board Policy IHEA.





Students should expect a workload similar to what they would have if they were to complete this course at a college level. Studying (that is reading and working with the material, reviewing your class notes, making sure you understand distinctions and can give examples) is essential to your success in this course. You are responsible for the reading! It is impossible to cover all the material that could potentially be on the AP Exam during our class time. I will cover 60-75% of each chapter in class; you are responsible for learning the remaining 25-40% of each chapter on your own! This will also allow class time for demonstrations, discussions, videos, etc. that will help you remember the material. 


Assignments: Always place your name, date, and class period in the upper right-hand corner of your paper. Assignments will be returned for rewriting or given a zero if they are not legible. 



Classwork/ Homework: Class work will consist of lecture notes, reading assignments, writing assignments, group work, etc. Classwork is due at the end of the period. Homework is due at the beginning of class. Incomplete work will be graded accordingly. 


Late Work: Work turned in late and not associated with an excused absence will not earn full credit.  Late work will be accepted but only count for HALF the credit. Exceptions will be made in unique situations as determined by the teacher and/or administrator. 

  1. All assignment are considered late if turned in after the teacher has picked up the assignment or after due date on goole classroom website. As a result, zeros will be allotted for any assignments received after the given due date.


Essays/ Papers: Written assignments will be given out on a daily basis. Essays will be assigned and constructed at home and as well in the classroom. In preparation for the AP exam, timed- essays will be assigned. Also, the scoring guide will be utilized to assess the Short Answer Question (SAQ), Long Essay Question (LEQ), and Document Based Question (DBQ) essay.


Test/ Quizzes: You will be given a test at the end of each Unit. Assessment material will cover the information presented from the readings, lecture notes, handouts, and any other pertinent information. In preparation for the AP Word Exam, the format of each test will be multiple –choice and short answer/ essay. In addition, some test will be given in essay format only. Each test will be announced, and you are encouraged to invest your time in order to be prepared to perform well on tests. Pop- quizzes/ and Announced quizzes will be given and it is your responsibility to be prepared for them at any given moment. If you fail an assessment, you may complete test corrections in class before/ after school to receive up to half your points back. I strongly believe in the fail forward policy for test, in which if a student puts his/ her best foot forward than they should never get a grade lower than 50%. Unless the student did not take the exam, in which they will receive a Zero until they make it up. You are expected to take these assessments with the class. If you are absent the day before a major test or quiz, you must take the test or quiz the day you return. 


Midterm/ Final Exam: You will be given a mid-term exam that will cover the first 9 weeks of material covered in the course. The Final Exam will be given during the last week of the semester and will be comprehensive


Projects: You will have one major individual project and a few “mini” projects each semester. Most of these projects will be assigned as group projects. Due dates will be announced well in advanced.


Absences/ Make-up work: The structure of this class requires students to attend class daily. In order to receive full credit on make-up work, students must provide the teacher with an excused admission slip from the attendance office. It is your responsibility to grab the make-up work out the folders for that missing day. If the absence is excused, you will normally have one day for each day you are absent to make up an assignment (no more than 5 days), or you will be given a zero for each assignment missed. 


 Textbooks/Binders/ Agenda Book: Students must bring their Binder and Agenda to class every day. Textbook may stay at home unless I request books to be bought to school. Binders should have 6 tabs, one for each unit we will be covering throughout the year. It is important to bring these materials to class daily in order to become and stay organized with the rigorous requirements of this course as well as be academically successful. 


Computers: All students must gain access to a computer at home, school, or public library as all assignments are posted online. Assignments can also be accessed with a smart phone. Assigned work and a variety of resources will be posted and referenced to the Internet throughout the semester via Verge, Google Classroom, and other technological sources such as Flipgrid and Remind. In addition, software programs such as MicroSoft Office, Office 365 and Google Docs will be utilized regularly during the school year. 

• Please note: Students without technology will be put on an individual plan as developed by the classroom teacher for additional support to receive assignments. *Please be sure to back up any files on whatever computer system you use. 


Virtual Classroom Etiquette: 

1. Log On- Use your LEGAL name for attendance purposes. 

2. Be on Time- Have all necessary materials prepared and ready, including technology. 

3. Mute Yourself- Make sure your mic is on mute BEFORE you enter the classroom. Pay attention to your teacher and others who may be speaking. 

4. Participate- Be focused and ACTIVELY participate in independent, cooperative group or whole class activities. Type in comments or questions in the chat or wait for your teacher to call on you. Refrain from electronic devices (cell phones) unless instructed for academic usage. 

5. Be Respectful- No profanity, vulgarity or inappropriate comments. Do not speak when someone else is talking or presenting and respond to others with respect in word and gesture. 

6. Dress appropriately- Please adhere to the dress code criteria as stated in the Student Code of Conduct.


Bathroom Passes: 

Students will be allotted (3) bathroom passes 9 weeks. That is (6) bathroom passes total a semester. Students are advised to use the restroom before and after class. If a student has a reason as to why they will need more passes throughout the semester, please talk to me about the circumstance.


General Rules: Students will be on time, prepared, respectful and responsible. 

No backpacks are allowed in the classroom unless they’re mesh or clear. 

No phones are allowed in the classroom unless given permission. 

Students will use appropriate language within the classroom and hallways. 


Expectations for class: Every student has the right to learn in a safe environment. 

Each individual student will be respected.

Hard work is necessary for learning.

Critical thinking and asking questions create effective problem solvers!


Earned consequences:  

1.         Warning

2.         Individual Teacher- Student Meeting

3.         Phone call home/ Parent Conference

4.         Referral to Administer

5.         In school suspension

6.         Out of school suspension


Cheating/ Plagiarism: Cheating will not be tolerated on ANY assignments. Plagiarism is prohibited. Students (s) will receive a zero if caught on the offense and the assignment cannot be made up. Second offense will result in a referral to an administrator for further disciplinary action. 

  1. If a student allows other to copy his or her work, all students involved will be penalized. 
























3 ring binder ( at least 2-4 inch)

Loose- leaf notebook paper

Dividers ( at least 10)

Pens/ Pencils

3x5 note cards 

Highlighters ( colored beside yellow)

Markers and/ or colored pencils 

Glue Sticks







Virtual Office Hours: Monday- Friday (2:00-4:00 pm) 

Extended Learning Times: Monday & Friday (9:00-9:40 am) 

As built into the virtual learning schedule, this timeframe is an opportunity for students to receive remediation and/or enrichment based upon academic and nonacademic expectations. 

Tutorials: Available by appointment on Wednesdays 

Please Note: Extended Learning and tutorial will take place virtually through Google Classroom on Google Meets-Tutorial Code (ALL STUDENTS): dsi6q37 

*Students are encouraged to form study groups or partners outside of class time in order to prepare for assignments and assessments.










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