World History

Ms. Grubbs

Contact Information

I am Ms. Grubbs, I am your World History teacher. As you will read on the next page, this will be my third year at Ridgewood. I teach World History, World History Honors, and AP World History. I am the Class of 2018 Sponsor, as well as the Color Guard Instructor for the Ridgewood High School Band. I am excited about having you in my class this year, and looking forward to getting to know you.

Course Description:

This course provides students the opportunity to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the past in terms of what has been interpreted about changes as it relates to the development of humanity. This is done by analyzing the political, economic, social, religious, military, scientific, and cultural events that have shaped and molded humanity.

Tentative Timeline of Topics:

  • First Quarter: Christianity/Judaism/Islam, Africa, Byzantine & Medieval
  • Second Quarter: Renaissance & Scientific Revolution, Protestant Reformation, Mesoamerica
  • Third Quarter: First Global Age, Age of Revolution, New Global Age
  • Fourth Quarter: World Wars, Cold War & Late 20th Century


Students will be provided a classroom set textbook. The textbooks will remain in the classroom.

  • Pearson, World History

Student Assessment:

At the end of each grading period (9 weeks) student grades will be compiled and measured following a point scale. For example, homework may be anywhere from 5 - 25 points, quizzes and tests anywhere from 25-50, authentic learning tasks anywhere from 50 - 100.

Grades will use the district definitions of each letter grade.

  • A= 90 – 100
  • B= 80 – 89
  • C= 70 – 79
  • D= 60 – 69
  • F= 00 – 59

Classroom Procedures:

This course is following a LATIC (Learner Active Technology Infused Classroom) model. This means that students will be responsible for their learning. Tasks will be relevant, authentic, and varied to meet the needs of the individual students.

Students will take charge of their learning by planning out their desired learning paths and following their schedule each day.

Daily expectations are:

Beginning of Class:

  • Review feedback for previously completed work.
  • Review and revise daily schedule.
  • Choose a workspace that allows you to be productive.

During Class:
  • Focus on improving your understanding.
  • Monitor and time your activities.
  • Ask for help when needed.

End of Class:
  • Reflect on learning.
  • Create schedule for the next day.
  • Return all classroom materials.

I understand that this will be much different from the more traditional classes that you may have had in the past, but this class will allow you to take responsibility for your own learning by planning your time, tackling challenging tasks, assessing your own progress, and using your teacher as important resources. This is a shift from the way most classrooms run. It requires students to work in new ways. For more information about the LATI classroom visit the IDE website.

Classroom Expectations:

  • Be present, on time, and have all materials.
  • Show respect to your peers and instructor.
  • Do all assigned readings and other assignments.
  • Participate in class.
  • Have a positive attitude.
  • Follow all established school and district rules. (These can be found in the Student Planner)
  • Failure to adhere to these rules will result in consequences.
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Academic Dishonesty:

Any type of academic dishonesty is unacceptable. Academic dishonesty includes giving or receiving answers on any type of assignment (homework, essay, quiz, test, etc.), plagiarism, and providing information about assessments to other students. Academic dishonesty will result in a zero on the assignment, and a disciplinary referral. In addition, the instructor will write negative recommendations for organizations such as the National Honor Society and Student Government, for anyone who fails to display academic integrity.

Make Up Policy: (Excused Absences Only)

According to the District School Board of Pasco County, excused absences guarantee students the right to make up any and all assignments assigned on the day[s] of absence at full credit. The student is responsible for asking the teacher for assignments and make-up tests within two (2) class meetings with the teacher. Furthermore, I am allowing students to have one week to make up any missed assignments/assessments. I expect students to be responsible for requesting missed assignments and to complete them according to the class policies set forth here.

Tardy Policy:

All students must be in the classroom when the bell finishes ringing. Students who are not in class by the time the bell finishes ringing should be sent to the Tardy Table for a pass. A student who is later than ten minutes to class is no longer considered tardy, but skipping, unless an excused admit is provided. Students will be subjected to classroom and school-wide disciplinary action as a result of tardiness.

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Academic Lunch Policy:

Academic Lunch can be used to make up missed assignments, re-do assignments for mastery, take tests and quizzes when absent, and re-take tests and quizzes. Mr. Delgardo and Mr. Baker are the teachers for Academic Lunch. Students will receive a pass from their teacher to attend Academic Lunch. The student will complete the assignment/assessment in Academic lunch. If it is a paper assignment, the assignment will be returned to the teacher with an exclusive Academic Lunch stamp. If it is an electronic assignment, the Academic Lunch teacher will sign the original pass to communicate that the student attended Academic Lunch. Tests and quizzes can be placed in the Academic Lunch teacher's mailbox or emailed for printing in the Academic Lunch Room (RM. 106).

Use of Academic Lunch will be determined by the teacher.

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