Course Introduction 

The tenth-grade course covers a period of more than 250 years and highlights the intensification of a truly global history as people, products, diseases, knowledge, and ideas spread around the world as never before. The course begins with a turning point: the important transition in European systems of governance from divine monarchy to a modern definition of a nation-state organized around principles of the Enlightenment. The course ends with the present, providing ample opportunities to make connections to the globalized world in which students live. As students move through the years 1750 through the present, they consider how a modern system of communication and exchange drew peoples of the world into an increasingly complex network of relationships in which Europe and the United States exerted great military and economic power. They explore how people, goods, ideas, and capital traveled throughout and between Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe. They analyze the results of these exchanges.

Course Objectives:

  • Stdents will achieve proficiency in meeting both the content and skill standards as outlined by both the district and state to the level of the UC/CSU A-G requirements.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in writing skills applicable to the study of history at the level prescribed by the State and District 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

Click on a link below to open up each set of standards in PDF format.


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.

Travel Project 

This project will involve participating in various functions that relate to being an active citizen in our community. You will have choices in how to meet the following components, which will require participating in activities each quarter. In addition, you will be assigned to a current events group, which will follow a designated current event for the week and where a designated group member will orally present during the current events discussions on Fridays. Oral presentations are a requirement of A-G. Additional details are available on my website.


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 Issue of the Modern World- We will look at the problems faced by developing countries in the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.


Modern Issues Research Paper 

A 5-page research paper is a specific requirement for A-G and an essential skill to do well in college. If you haven’t written one before, don’t feel overwhelmed, the project is structured into several smaller assignments along the way with the goal of teaching you how to do one.

The objective of this paper is to give you an in-depth understanding of one of the major public policy issues facing our community today. You will be given a topic within your current events group. You will then research this issue from the perspective of a staff person working for an elected politician who is presenting information to their boss. You will be individually assigned a congressional district for whose congressperson you will research the topic; i.e, Congressman Mike Thompson (D) of the 5th District of California. This is not an opinion piece, but a thorough analysis of the issue at hand with an exploration of the pros and cons of the options available and the factors that influence a congressperson’s decision, such as; public opinion of their district, the views of interest groups, political parties, and bureaucratic institutions. Additional details are available on my website.



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.

Google Classroom

I use Google Classroom for turning in all assignments. New assignments are posted with each unit and removed at the end of each unit. Google Classroom is available through the Classlink app.



Grading will be based upon the categories listed below with an objective point system in each. Grades are automatically rounded up to the next grade, so what is indicated on the progress report is the final grade. 

Tests (35%)

A summative multiple-choice test will be given at the end of each unit and will be conducted in class.

Classwork (35%)

Classwork assignments are essential formative assignments to develop both content knowledge and skills. Time is given in class to complete all assignments and it is the student’s responsibility to finish assignments if not completed in class. These assignments are listed in and turned into google classroom and will include:

  • Chapter notes
  • Article responses
  • Online chapter quizzes 

Geography (10%)

  • Geography Quizzes

Semester Projects (20%)


Grading Scale

A= 100-90%

B=  89-80%

C=  79-70% 

D=  69-50%

F=   49% and below

Grades are rounded to the nearest percent.

i.e 89.6% = A 89.5% = B

Grades are posted weekly and displayed on the web through Aries available through the school website at:


Conduct Standards


Classroom Rules

  • Be respectful to everyone and their personal space.
  • Be on time.
  • No eating in class.
  • No one leaves until the classroom is clean and orderly.
  • Non-Educational electronic devices are to be put away unless specifically authorized. 


Late Assignments

  • Chapter notes may be made up for half credit until the date of the unit test for that unit.
  • Quizzes may be made up for full credit until the unit test for that unit.
  • Current event assignments due on Wednesdays may be turned in for half credit until the period on Friday they are presented.
  • Late policy paper assignments can be made up for half credit until the day prior to the due date of the next policy paper assignment.
  • Tests must be made up by the end of the following week. 
  • All assignments missing past the late grace period become permanent zeros. 


Cheating and Plagiarism

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 disciplinary proceedings. Blank pages, unfinished assignments, or copied assignments turned into Google Classroom will be marked as permanent zeros.