Course Syllabus – World History (SS221, SS222)

Dr. Don Sailer –, 480-472-8159

Course Overview:

During the first semester of the course, students will learn about early civilizations, ancient Greece and Rome, the transition through the Middle Ages, and finally the changes brought about by the Renaissance and Reformation.  Many of the ideas and concepts that have shaped the United States spring from these ancient civilizations and have been transformed and adapted through the Renaissance and Reformation. The first semester helps us to understand the values that have come to define what it means to be an American.

The second semester of this course focuses on the exploration of the new world and how science and the enlightenment led to new discoveries. New ideas about life, liberty, and property challenged the status quo and led to revolutions and the independence of new countries. With the start of the industrial revolution, imperialism gained momentum leading to upheaval and two world wars. The resulting tension between democracy and communism led to the Cold War. Our school year will conclude with a broad study of the contemporary world (post-Cold War) and the issues that still challenge our world.

Class Participation Assignments:

The daily agenda is posted in the classroom each day. Class assignments consist of Cornell Notes, Discussion Questions, Essays, Class Discussions, and Handouts. Most assignments will be finished in class. Discussion Questions may be completed on the student's computer during and after class. If a student is absent, it is the student’s responsibility to check with me before or after class to see what was missed. Students need a pencil or pen for class participation assignments, and a red pencil or pen for grading. Loose leaf paper is to be used instead of spiral bound paper for Essays that are turned in. Graded assignments will make up 20% of the grade.

Tests and Quizzes:

Tests will be given approximately every two to three weeks. A classroom period for review will precede all tests. Tests will make up 30% of the grade. Retakes on tests are available provided the student restudies the material and completes all of the Practice Quizzes. Tests will usually be multiple choice, matching, true/false, and fill in the blanks.

Quizzes will be given approximately once per week. Classroom discussions and note taking will occur before quizzes are given. Quizzes will make up 20% of the grade. Retakes on quizzes are available provided the student restudies the material and completes all of the Practice Quizzes.

Practice Quizzes will be provided after most lessons with time in class to take the practice quiz. Practice Quizzes may also be completed after class as homework. Practice Quizzes will make up 10% of the grade.

Semester Final:

At the end of each semester, a Semester Final will be given. A time of review will precede the Semester Final. The Semester Final will make up 20% of the grade.

Office Hours:

Please contact me if you have any concerns. Email often works best. Share with me any questions or concerns you may have and a phone number and time when it is best to reach you. I will respond either by email or phone. You may reach me by phone (480-472-8159) between 7:30 – 7:50 a.m. each day. Please leave a message if I am unable to take your call. I will attempt to return your call by 3:30 p.m. the same day.

Classroom Management:

I am looking forward to a fun and rewarding time with your students. If a student is having a hard time remaining focused and is disrupting other classmates, I will remind the student of the classroom policies and will redirect the student's behavior to conform to classroom expectations and the Red Mountain Way. A student who continues to disrupt the class may receive a Minor Incident Report to document the incident. If inappropriate classroom behavior continues, an Office Discipline Referral will be filed.The purpose of the documentation is to help everyone involved fulfill the expectations of the Red Mountain Way which emphasizes courage, respect, and influence.


Red Mountain High School has implemented the Red Mountain Way to assist everyone in the development of courage, respect, and influence. Please read the Student Handbook for more information on the Red Mountain Way and how it can transform each of us at Red Mountain High School. The Red Mountain Way will be the guiding principles for the classroom and campus setting.


    A = 90-100%
    B = 80-89%
    C = 70-79%
    D = 60-69%
    F = 59% or below

Thank you for the opportunity to work with you and your students to achieve a fun-filled, learning environment and experience.


Dr. Sailer