• Global Studies 9/ Ancient World History

    Mr. Petrone


    Social Studies Syllabus


    Course Overview:


    This course will examine the History, Geography, and Economies of people in the Eastern Hemisphere in detail. Studying Global History today is does not mean memorizing dates, places, and people. Our goal is to understand ‘how’ and ‘why’ history occurred the way it did; not just ‘what’ happened and ‘when’.


    Curriculum Overview:


    This course covers the foundations of the History of Eastern Hemisphere. The year begins with a review of geography and its importance in the development of the earliest civilizations. The course then explores these early civilizations one by one through the inquiry into primary sources and archeological evidence. The course then culminates with a discussion of Europeans exploration and the Age of Enlightenment.


    This curriculum provides students with the opportunity to explore what is happening in various regions and civilizations at a given time. In addition, it enables students to investigate issues and themes from multiple perspectives and make global connections and linkages that lead to in-depth understanding.


    Units of Instruction:



    • Ancient Mesopotamian Chinese and Indian Civilizations
    • Ancient Greek and Roman Civilizations
    • European Middle Ages, Byzantine Empire., Islam, Africa, E. Asia
    • Early Modern Age Renaissance, Reformation and Scientific  Revolution, Maya, Aztec, Inca and Exploration, Absolutism, Enlightenment And French Revolution.



    Grading Policy:

    The following grading will be used to evaluate each student’s progress


    • Assessments 80%
    • Homework 20%



    All students must have a 3-ring binder with 3 sections; notes with loose-leaf, homework & Tests/quizzes. Each section must be maintained throughout the school year as there will be one notebook check (binder quiz) per quarter.  Open binder quizzes will ask students to use their binders to answer questions to determine students’ organization.  




    All students will be issued one copy of Prentice Hall’s World History, which will be taken home and left there throughout the year. Copies of the text will be available in our classroom and the Library.  Writing assignments and homework assignments will generally call for students to supplement class information with outside information from the text.




    While homework will vary from primary source inquiry to paragraph and DBQ writing, each unit will require students to complete a series of reading grids. Reading grids are graphic organizers used to help students classify the main ideas from each section of the text. We will work to model these reading grids in class at the start of the year.


    • Missed homework policy:  Ardsley UFSD requires that for an excused absence t students will be given as many days to make up the assignment as the number of days they missed. If a student is absent one day, they will be given one extra day to complete the assignment
    • Anticipated unexcused absence policy: Ardsley UFSD requires that teachers not give students work ahead of time in the event of a planned vacation or other unexcused absence. Students will be required to make up all work and may lose partial credit as a result of any unexcused absence.



    My webpage can be accessed by logging on Google Classroom. My page includes all long term assignments, resources, testing dates, project dates/descriptions, as well as discussion forums. Please note that all assignments are kept as accurate as possible, though students are required to write homework down in class everyday.



    Please contact me at anytime via phone at 914-295-5500  or by email at epetrone@ardsleyschools.org Please leave your name, number, and best time to return your call, and I will get back to you with in 24 hours. I will also be in contact with you throughout the year to update you on your child’s progress.

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