Global History II

Mr. Schmid

Email: [email protected]

Course Description:

Global II is a continuation of Global I and will culminate will the Regents Exam in June. The focus of this course will be from the Age of Absolutism to the present. The course will cover a variety of concepts, including, imperialism, nationalism, revolution, globalization, socialism, communism, and the rise of democracy. 

This course will likely be challenging, but it will also be engaging, and will give a greater understanding of how the world developed politically, socially, and economically in the past three centuries. We will be working to improve our skills in working with primary and secondary sources, evaluating information gathered from maps, and improving our ability to research a topic and defend our conclusions. 

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Homework will always be announced in class, and will be on Google Classroom. The majority of assignments will be submitted through Google Classroom; Classroom should be where you always check for homework and assignments. Assignments will include readings, written assignments, video assignments, and more.  Late homework will not be accepted. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to make up the assignment. Missing assignments due to absences will be entered as a 0 in Powerschool until submitted within three days of your return to school.

Many assignments will include readings in the E-Textbook. It is crucial you complete all readings to ensure you do not fall behind on the course content. Reading will supplement what you have learned in class, and will prepare you for the next day. Material from the textbook will be included in tests, and will appear on the Regents in June.

Grading Policy

Grades will be calculated by total points. For each assignment, the amount of points earned will go into your average. As an example if on two tests and a homework assignment your grades were 87, 95, and a 8/10 the total points you earned would be 190 out of a possible 210 points for an average of 91%. The grading breakdown is as follows:

Tests: 100 points each

Homework: 10 points each

Quizzes: Between 10-50 points each

Essays: 50-100 points each

Projects: 50-100 Points each

Participation: Everyone will start off with a full 100 points for their participation at the start of each marking period. Since discussion is such a major part of Social Studies, participation is a substantial percentage of your overall grade. During discussions, it is essential that we treat our peers with respect, and keep discussions civil. Participation also includes your contribution to the classroom environment, if there are disruptions throughout the class or difficulties in following the classroom rules, this will negatively affect your participation grade. Use of phones in class and improper use of iPads will result in a five point deduction in your participation grade. More than three deductions will result in an email or phone call to your parents. 

Tests and Quizzes:

Tests will always be announced at least three days before they are given. Extra help for tests will always be given in the days leading up to the exam, and by appointment. If you ever feel like you are having difficulties with the coursework, do not hesitate to email me and we can set up a time to meet.

Quizzes will generally be announced although it may be necessary at times to give unannounced quizzes to ensure we are keeping up to date with our readings. 

If you are absent the day of a test or quiz, it is your responsibility to schedule a time to make it up within a week of the exam date. I will work with your schedule as much as possible to find a time that suits you.

iPad Policy:

We will be using iPads almost everyday in class, and it is essential we are using them responsibly. Abuse of iPads will lead to restrictions for your ability to use it in class. 


Attendance will be taken each day in class. It is essential that you attend class each day. Unexcused absences will not be tolerated, and will lead to severe penalties. As stated earlier, missed assignments due to absences will be entered as a zero into the gradebook until they are completed. If you are absent from class more than five times over the course of the quarter, this will be considered excessive absence. This will result in a mandatory 5 point deduction from the quarterly grade. Please be advised classes missed due to lateness or early dismissal will be included in this group.

My Responsibilities to You:

  1. It is my responsibility to make sure you are treated fairly, and the classroom is a positive and safe learning environment for everyone. 

  2. To give you the proper motivation to succeed in the classroom.

  3. To teach you the skills and content to become strong Social Studies Students, and to be successful on the Regents and beyond.

Your first homework assignment of the year will be to have yourself and your parents read through this form, sign it, and return the detached signed portion by Monday, September 9th. Looking forward to starting what will be a positive and enjoyable year!