Honors World History


Course Introduction

This Honors Tenth Grade World History course is designed for students who are serious about preparing to attend a college or university after graduation. This course will chart the progression of events in sequence that led to the development of the modern world today. This course strictly adheres to the guidelines as outlined in the California State Framework and assumes that students have met all previous standards in World History and English. The intent is to provide students with an understanding of contemporary events that will give them the necessary background information to make informed decisions as participants in the democratic process. During the course of the studies in this class, students will be required to demonstrate the knowledge and understanding that they are acquiring.

Course Prerequisites

Students must have achieved an A in a prior history course or obtain a recommendation from their last history teacher.

Course Objectives

  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in retaining and analyzing the historical knowledge outlined by the State History-Social Science Standards for 10th Grade.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in writing skills applicable to the study of history at the level proscribed by the State English Standards for 10th Grade.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in informational literacy and technology skills to include research skills, word processing and presentation software.

Mandated Educational Standards

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Semester One

Units Covered: Click on the menu items to the left to see the unit plans.

  • Unit I Rise of Democratic Ideals- This section will review the roots of democracy in Greece and Rome through the Enlightenment.
  • Unit II Age of Revolution- We will compare the revolutions in American and France focusing on the difference in outcomes.
  • Unit III Industrialization- The focus of this unit will be on the economic and social effects of the Industrial Revolution using England as an example.
  • Unit IV Imperialism- We will examine the fight for resources, prestige, and empire by studying the effects on China, Africa, and India.
  • Unit V The Road to War- We will examine the rivalries that led to World War I and the horror of trench warfare.

Semester Two

Units Covered: Click on the menu items to the left to see the unit plans.

  • Unit VI Rise of Dictators- This section will examine the far-reaching consequences of WW I which led to the Great depression and the rise of dictatorships.
  • Unit VII WWII and the Holocaust- We will examine the events and policies that led to WWII and the scope and consequences of the war. We will also examine the conditions and policies of racial purity that led to the genocide of the Jews of Europe.
  • Unit VIII - The Cold War- The focus of this unit will be on polarization of the world into communist vs. capitalists with a focus on the effects around the world.
  • Unit IX The Developing World- We will look at the problems faced by developing countries in the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.
  • Unit X Contemporary World- This unit is student centered and is a culmination of individual research on topics related to the progress of globalization, advances in technology, international organizations, and the major issues currently facing the world today.


  1. Daily in-class work and homework in the form of individual and group work that will culminate in an average of 5 assignments a week. Homework will “average” about 2 assignments a week.
  2. Frequent quizzes of material covered.
  3. Research papers
  4. Unit tests
  5. Long term projects



Semester 2: Modern Issues Research Project

In groups, students will develop a presentation on an issue facing the modern world.



Materials Needed:

These materials will be required for participation in this course and the student must have them by the end of the first week of class. They will then be required to bring them to class every day.

  • Textbook
  • 1 three-ring binder
  • A standard size notebook (not the spiral type)
  • Pencils and pens (standard blue or black ink only)

*For students who are lacking in funds, some of the materials can be provided on a case-by-case basis. Materials will also be made available for purchase in class with funds going to the upkeep for the computer lab.


Grading will be based upon an objective point system. I do not give grades. You earn them.

Tests & Quizzes   









A= 100-90%

B=  89-80%

C=  79-70%

D=  69-60%

F=   59% and below


Grades are posted and displayed on the web through Aeries.



Late Assignments:

Late assignments will NOT be accepted, unless due to absence. If a student misses an assignment due to absence, they will have the time allowed for the assignment starting from the day they receive it, after that it will not be accepted. It is the responsibility of the student to get the work missed on the next day of attendance. Make up work at the end of the grading period for missed assignments will not be allowed for credit.


Plagiarism is defined as the use of someone else’s ideas or work without following fair use guidelines, proper citations, or obtaining permission. Plagiarism is a crime and any student caught plagiarizing material for any class project will receive an automatic F for the project. Repeat offenders will be referred to the administration for expulsion proceedings.



Behavior Standards: 

  1. Be respectful to everyone.
  2. No swearing or put downs
  3. No electronic devices are to be used during class time. I see it I take it.
  4. No grooming is allowed.
  5. The teacher’s area is off limits.
  6. The teacher, not the bell, will dismiss students at the end of class.
  7. No one leaves until the classroom is clean and orderly.
  8. No food, drink, or gum allowed in class. (Except water)
  9. No hats, bandanas, etc. are to be worn in class.
  10.  You make a mess, you clean it up.