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Modern World History

The Course:

The focus of world history is the major civilizations of the past and their contributions to the world as it exists today—in aspects that range from the geographic to the social and political. Critical thinking is emphasized in this course, with an emphasis on why particular civilizations developed where and when they did, why they became dominant, why they declined, and how they have continued to influence the development of human culture .The South Carolina Social Studies Standards will serve as a guide for the content of the course.


Required Materials:

  • Text Book: World History: Patterns of Interaction
  • A notebook that has a three-ring binder that allows papers to be added or taken out.
  • Abundant Supply of Loose Leaf paper.
  • All handouts and completed assignments.
  • A pencil and a blue or black pen.


Contact Information:

  • Email: aflowers@wiliston.k12.sc.us  
  • Phone: 803-266-3110 (Office) 803-266-8035 (Classroom)
  • Website: http://www.williston.k12.sc.us/olc/teacher.aspx?s=86
  • Room Number and Planning Periods: Room 133, 4th Block Planning



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  • Daily Grades                           40% of quarter average

                                                  (Includes homework, class work, and class participation)


  • Major Grades                          60% of quarter average

        (Includes tests and projects)


  • Exams                                    The semester exam will be averaged into the semestergrade according to school policy.                                                         Seniors may exempt the final exam in they have a final average of at least 93.




Students should follow the procedures for attendance that are outlined in their handbooks. Modern World History is a semester long course, therefore; students are not allowed to miss more than six days. Make-up work is the responsibility of the student. All work, including tests, will expire at the end of the quarter. If the work is not made up by the expiration date, then a zero will be given as a grade.  Test corrections will be allowed at the discretion of the teacher. Tardiness will not be accepted. Students should show up to class on time or they will be marked tardy unless they have a pass. Tutoring will be available to students on Thursday afternoons from 3:00-4:00 pm.


Classroom Rules:

  1. Follow all instructions given by the teacher.
  2. Students are to be seated in their desks when the bell rings and to begin on work given by the teacher.
  3. Bring all required materials to class everyday.
  4. Remain respectful at all times.
  5. Make-up work is the responsibility of the student and will not be discussed during class.
  6. At the end of the class, students are to remain seated until they are dismissed by the teacher.



Course Timeline-Approximate timeline of covered topics. Teacher reserves the right to deviate from the timeline if necessary.







13-15, 17-19

Diffusion of Ideas, Crusades, Renaissance

MWH 1.1-1.6


14, 18-20


MWH 2.1-2.6


14, 18-19, 21

World Religions

MWH 3.1-3.6


7, 18-21

Asian Empires

MWH 4.1-4.7




MWH 5.1-5.6


22-24, 26, 28, 30

World Revolutions

MWH 6.1-6.7


22, 29, 31-34

World Wars & Aftermath

MWH 7.1-7.5



Cold War & Africa

MWH 8.1-8.7



Overall Process and Learning Goals:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the major factors that facilitated exchanges among groups of people and how exchanges influenced people in the 14th and 15th centuries.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the benefits and costs of the growth of kingdoms into empires from the 14th through the 16th centuries.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of religious movements throughout the world in the fourteenth through the sixteenth centuries.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the conflicts of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in Europe, America, Africa, and Asia.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the influence of ideas and technology on the development of nation-states and empires in the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the creation of nation-states in Europe and the struggle by non-European nations to gain and/or maintain sovereignty.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the causes and consequences of global warfare in the first half of the twentieth century.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of the causes and consequences of decolonization in the second half of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first century.