• COVID-19 Update






    Week 1:  WWI. Read 'Treaty of Versailles and It's Consequences' article on website. 

    Week 2:  Russian Civil War. Rise of Dictators. Rise of Hitler. Watch TedED video on Adolf Hitler

    Week 3:  WW2.

    Week 4:  Holocaust. Cold War.


    Lectures will be posted on YouTube for each week that is assigned in the packet. There are also only two additional assignments. These will help to supplement your learning and give in depth perspective on the topics.



    This includes information about teaching material for the extended absence and your final exam

    I want to start off by saying I understand that this change in school/life can be very difficult for some of you. Especially those of you who participate in sports and extracurriculars for the spring semester. Regardless, the actions that are being taken are what’s in the best interest of everyone in our communities. I’m sure you’ve seen “Flatten the Curve” on social media. While it’s a catchy message, it also expresses why these serious precautions are necessary.

    With that being said, unique circumstances make for unique accommodations. I have already posted the study guide for your final exam on the website so you may begin prep on that. I also will post the notes for: Industrial Revolution, European Nationalism, Latin America, Imperialism, and Asia. These are the units I intended to cover before Spring Break. To help clarify some of the information, I will be posting lectures to a YouTube channel for each set of notes which I will provide a link for once the page is up and ready. The goal is still for us to return April 13 and begin with WWI and go through to WW2 and briefly the Cold War. However, if things change that prevent that, I will post notes and video links for those units as well. I would also like to recommend to y’all the Crash Course channel on YouTube. John Green does and excellent job covering the same material in a very informative and entertaining way (he does go very fast though so pay close attention). To help facilitate a deeper understanding of some of the topics, I will also post links to sites or primary source articles for you to read. Those sites and articles will not be required but I would recommend checking them out.

    Communication is paramount during this time. The best way to reach me is still through email: rawilliams@saralandboe.org . Check this site frequently as well for updates or new material. I will also be setting up a Remind for the class for updates about when lessons are posted and other news. The long in information will be featured below. I highly encourage you and your parents to join the class.

    I hate we must deal with a major interruption to our course, but this is the hand we've been dealt. I want to leave you all with some historical perspective on what we're dealing with because there is some precedent to major life changes that society has persevered through in the past. Examples would be during WWI & WW2 when people were given ration cards to limit food, so soldiers were fed overseas and industries lost a large chunk of their workforce to the war. There is also the Great Depression in between the two World Wars were over a quarter of the American workforce was unemployed. Let's not forget the most severe crisis that society has faced, the bubonic plague (which we are nowhere near the severity of thankfully).

    The lesson here is that despite the challenges we have faced in those times, we have always come through, and in many cases thrived as a result. In the two World Wars, citizens began building “Victory Gardens” and participate in “Meatless Tuesdays” and “Wheatless Wednesdays” to help offset the food shortage. In industry women and minorities took over the vacant jobs, ones that they traditionally had been kept from doing, to keep the American economy afloat and to supply the U.S. Military with necessary equipment. This allowed them to prove their worth to the nation which opened the door for continued opportunity for them. During the Great Depression churches and communities picked up the slack and began offering shelter and food to those who had lost everything until the New Deal came along. Lastly, following the Bubonic Plague we experienced the Renaissance which made the world a more culturally rich place and set the foundation for the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment.

    This should teach us that instead of being frustrated about changes and panicking, we should step up and do our part. Wash our hands, avoid large gatherings, and treat this situation with seriousness. Let’s do our part to limit the spread and I hope to see y’all April 13th ready to finish the year strong!


    World History – Spring 2020



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    Welcome to Room 107 Coach Williams World History Class!


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    Common Classroom Activities

    Students will do various activities throughout the school year however these are the most common ones they will receive. Most days students will be doing one or more of these activities.


    Note Taking

    Portfolio: Students will create a Portfolio for most units that will be covered this semeseter. This will be kept in a 3 ring binder that will be turned in for a grade each time. They need to keep all portfolios for an end of the semester major grade. The required content will change, however most times I will require them to include a: cover page, timeline, mini biographies, picture/poem, and perspective letter.  


    Socratic Circle: Students will be told in advance when we have a Socratic Circle. Students will be graded on how many times they participate in discussion (so long as what they say is of substance) as well as for note taking in the outer circle. Occasionally there will be discussion questions posted on my website to help get the students discussion started. Socratic Circle discussions are to be student led with the students talking to each other, not to the teachers. There will be an inner circle where students will discuss and an outer circle where students will take notes on what is being discussed. The circles will switch back and forth with students on the outer circle staying quiet.



    Classroom Constitution 


    ·        All students are to adhere to school rule and policies first and foremost

    ·        Students are expected to enter the classroom calmly and quietly. Talking is allowed, but at a reasonable volume. Talking is not allowed if either myself, another student, or a guest is speaking to the class

    ·        Students will enter the classroom in an organized manner. Failure to do so will result in the student being asked to leave the classroom and re-enter according to procedure

    ·        All students will enter class with materials necessary for the days assignments

    ·        Students will address me as either “Mr. Williams” or “Coach Williams” and respond with “yes sir” and “no sir” when speaking to me

    ·        When I am speaking, all students will be quiet and respectful. I will give them the same courtesy when they “have the floor”

    ·        If students need my attention, they will raise their hand while remaining in their seat patiently

    ·        Students who need to leave for the restroom will sign the restroom sheet and take with them the bathroom pass

    ·        Students are expected to return from the restroom within six minutes

    ·        Abuse of the bathroom pass will result in the student losing bathroom privileges

    ·        Read all directions before beginning an assignment

    ·        All students will be quiet when school announcements are being given

    ·        Students will wait for me to dismiss them at the end of class

    ·        All work is expected to be turned in on time

    ·        Students will not be allowed to use cell phones while working, during tests, or during lectures

    Article 2. CLASSROOM RULES

    ·        Arrive to class on time and with a great attitude

    ·        Have all materials necessary for class

    ·        Pay attention to instructions the first time they are given

    ·        No cell phones are to be used in class

    ·        Be respectful of those around you

    ·        Be ready to expand your knowledge of all things history