• Lexington High School

    World History I


    Ms. Kaolin McEvoy 
    email: kmcevoy@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us       

    website: https://sites.google.com/site/mcevoyworldhistory/

    Room 169

    Course Description

    Welcome to World History I! This year we’ll explore theexperiences of people living in diverse societies across the globe prior to1500, including:

    • the classical civilizations of India and China
    • the Mongolian Empire that stretched across Eurasia
    • the Roman and Islamic Empires of the Mediterranean and Middle East
    • African Empires in Ghana, Mali, and along the Swahili Coast
    • the European Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation

    Although the people of these societies lived in a very differenttime and place from us, their wisdom, creativity, and even their most terriblemistakes can help us to better meet the challenges of our time and place. Bythe end of the year you will be better able to:

    • evaluate the ways leaders gain, maintain and lose legitimacy;
    • analyze both what sparks technological and intellectual innovations and what changed because of them;
    • describe how trade networks allow ideas, goods and people to spread and develop across the globe;
    • explain how people’s diverse ideas about religion and philosophy influence government, art, social class, and gender in a pluralistic society.

    In addition, as part of our study of World History we will focuson the skills you will need to be academically successful at LHS, to makethoughtful decisions, and to influence positively the decisions of others. Youwill improve your ability to:

    • read nonfiction texts,
    • write clearly and analytically,
    • speak articulately and persuasively,
    • think critically and creatively,
    • manage your time effectively and stay organized.








    What Do I Need?                                                                        Why?

    AssignmentNotebook/Calendar                                                ToKeep Track of Assignments

    SpiralNotebook OR Lined, Punched Paper                                    Notetaking and Organization

    PocketFolder OR 3 Ring Binder                                                StoreHandouts and Homework

    These materials must be brought to class everyday. It’s agood idea to have on binder with sections for English and history.

    World History: Patterns of Interaction
    The textbook should be kept at home at the desk or table where youusually do homework.

    If possible, please bring in a box of tissues that we can use. Ifyou’d like, write your name on it, and I’ll be sure to thank you when we useyour box!


    As a high school student, you will have more freedom than you didin middle school, however, you will also have more responsibilities.

    You have the responsibility--and the opportunity--to learn. Inorder to make the most of that opportunity you need to be in class. Therefore,LHS, and I, take the attendance policy very seriously. Be sure you have readand understood this policy in the student handbook. If you are absent, I expectyou to use multiple strategies to find out what you have missed. You can get intouch with another student, check the class website, and, of course, come tosee me. The class website will be the most current, reliable, and accurateplace to obtain missed work if you are absent.

    It is also important to get to class on time. In order to be ontime, you need to be in your seat, with your materials out when class begins.When you are late, you miss out on and interrupt learning, and distract people.I know you need to get to your next class on time, therefore, I will end classwith enough time for you to pack up before the bell rings.

    I also expect that you take LHS’s social and civic expectationsseriously. I hold high expectations not only for your academic achievement butalso for your personal integrity. Plagiarism is a form of dishonesty that willnot be tolerated and like all forms of cheating will result in a zero onthe assignment, quiz, or test.
    It is extremely important to me that everyone feels comfortable inclass so that we are all able to do our best work. Therefore, I expect you to:

    • speak and act respectfully to everyone in the room
    • come to class prepared with your homework completed, a pen or pencil, your notebook, folder, and/or three ring binder
    • make sure that all cell phones, iPods, and other electronic devices are neither seen nor heard
    • treat the classroom respectfully--take your belongings when you leave, return furniture, books, and other materials to the place you found them
    • participate to the best of your ability--ask questions, contribute to discussions, respond thoughtfully to your classmates and to me, actively engage in your education!


    Your World History grade will be determined through your work onprojects, tests, quizzes, writing assignments, and homework. Before each gradedassignment, I will provide clear expectations and an opportunity for you to askquestions.

    Your grade will be calculated by averaging the work you completeover the course of the quarter--and ultimately the year. The exact breakdown ofassignments will vary each quarter, but you can expect your grade to bedetermined by averaging:

    • longer writing assignments (approximately one per quarter)
    • tests (no more than two per quarter)
    • a combination of shorter writing assignments and quizzes (four to six per quarter)
    • homework

    There will be approximately 2 hours of homework each week.Homework does not need to be perfect to receive full credit. Learning frommistakes before writing a paper, completing a project, or taking a testwill ensure that you succeed in World History. Homework that is not completedon time will not be given full credit, but it must be completed.


    The chart below summarizes why I assign homework and provides someadvice on how to get it done:

    Why do homework


    ·      To practice what you learned in class

    ·      To prepare for class

    ·      To reflect on what you’ve learned

    ·      To find out what you know and what you don’t know

    ·      To break down longer assignments into manageable pieces

    How to do homework effectively


    ·      Ask questions if you are unsure of the assignment before you leave the class

    ·      Open your planner to check what you need to do every day

    ·      Read and follow the directions of the assignment carefully

    ·      Try all parts of the assignment

    ·      Unplug! Put your phone, internet and email away

    ·      Use your study hall to get work done or to schedule appointments with teachers

    ·      Create a weekly schedule to manage your work for all of your classes

    ·      Remember there is a difference between collaboration and copying


    Homework will be posted on the whiteboard in room 169. Duringclass, you will have time to write down the assignment in your notebook. Inaddition, assignments will be posted on the class website.


    Your homework will be graded on a +, , or - scale:

    Homework Rubric







    - -







    Student thoroughly completes all aspects of assignment


    World reflects thoughtfulness and movement toward mastery of skill and/or content


    “you really get it”

    Student completes most aspects of the assignment


    Work reflects some movement toward mastery of skill and/or content


    “you get it”

    Student completes some aspects of the assignment


    Work reflects limited movement toward mastery of skill and/or content




    “you kind of get it”

    Student does not complete assignment


    Work does not reflect movement toward mastry of skill and/or content




    “you don’t get it”




    Student is prepared to turn in work at start of class


    Student turns in work before the end of the day or completes work with teacher


    Student turns in work before the next class


    Student’s work turned in significantly late

    About Me

    This will be myfirst year teaching World History I at Lexington High School. I taught APEuropean History, Modern European History and Art History at New HamptonSchool, an independent secondary boarding and day school in New Hampton, NewHampshire for two years. I encourage you to email me if you have questionsthroughout the year or to come see me in Room 244 during study halls, X Block,or Z Block (after school). I look forward to getting to know all of you andhelping make your transition to high school a smooth one!

    Lexington HighSchool Mission Statement

    I pledge to domy best to live up to the ideals of the LHS community. I look forward toushering you into the community and instilling our very important values inyou!
    Lexington HighSchool is a learning community committed to developing well-educated, healthy,engaged students in a respectful, safe, supportive environment. We encouragethe effort and imagination necessary to acquire knowledge and develop academichabits of mind. We maintain our high expectations with a challenging and variedcurriculum, inspired by curiosity, enriched by clubs and activities. At thesame time we emphasize the need to reduce unhealthy stress and unproductivecompetition in pursuit of balanced lives. We honor diversity and individualachievement; we promote collaboration and community service. Together we striveto model behavior that will help make our campus a microcosm of the world wehope to create.

    Please sharethis information with your parents/guardians and ask them to sign below toindicate that they have read this introduction to World History. Please signyour name to indicate that you have read the expectations as well. No need tocut or rip, I will circulate and make note of your signatures.

    Thank you!

    Ms. McEvoy