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River Heights Intermediate
July 7, 2008 June 26, 2009


Instructor: Mr. Sean Robinson

Room: River Heights Intermediate, Room D208

E-mail: seanshistory@gmail.com

Phone: (951) 738 2155 ext. 4358

Burstein, S. & Shek, R. World History: Medieval to Early Modern Times . New York : Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 2006.



Welcome to intermediate school! This year will surely be full of memorable moments and exciting changes. I hope to be able to accommodate you as we explore World History . In the coming year we will study a variety of civilizations from medieval to early modern times. You will be learning about Rome , Islam, the Middle Ages, the Americas , China , Japan , the Renaissance, the Reformation, and other exciting places/movements. We will explore these societies through reading, writing, artwork, simulations, projects, movies, literature, acting, and other activities. There is much to learn in the coming months, but I'll work together with you to make it both a fun and challenging experience.


This course follows the California History-Social Science Content Standards for Grade Seven. You can view the standards at http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/hstgrade7.asp .



I am available for both students and parents by appointment if you have any questions or need any extra help. E-mail ( seanshistory@gmail.com ) is the fastest and most effective way to get in contact with me once school is out for the day. I encourage students to email me if they need clarification on an assignment.


I pride myself on being a very technologically savvy teacher. Knowing that students today are generally technologically fluent, I have created a website that is a great resource for my class. On my website, you can check your grade , view my tests (word-for-word) in advance, and play review activities I created which are aligned with my tests. All this can be found at:





•  Always follow directions.

•  Be in your seat and ready to work when the bell rings.

•  Respect yourself, your neighbors, your teacher, and your classroom.

•  Listen and stay seated when someone is talking.

•  Obey all school rules (no food/drink, gum, iPods, cell phones, etc.).



I understand that everyone has their bad days; however, it is very important that the classroom environment is comfortable for everyone, so the following consequences will be administered for unexcused tardies and those acting inappropriately:

•  Warning

•  Private conversation

•  Copy sentence

•  Alternative classroom placement

•  Detention and parent contact

•  Referral to counselor

*All major offenses (i.e. fighting, throwing objects, extreme defiance, etc.) will result in immediate referral and/or removal from class.



Behavior and participation are a part of every student's grade, so please keep that in mind as the year progresses. Points will be deducted for speaking out of turn and points will be added for participating.



Most daily assignments and homework are to be completed in your History Spiral Notebook . These spiral notebooks will stay in your possession for about two weeks and will be worked out of continuously. After about two or three weeks, I'll collect the spiral notebooks for grading and you will switch to your second spiral notebook. This process will repeat as the year continues.


The grading scale breaks down roughly as follows:


Classwork / Homework / Participation / Projects

50% of grade

Tests / Quizzes / Exams

50% of grade




•  Name, date, and period will be written in the top right corner of all work.

•  When class is in session, students are not allowed to work on any outside work without the teacher's explicit permission.

•  Work is to be turned in on time. Late work will be either heavily penalized or not accepted.

•  Communication signals:

- Raised hand with index finger only = TALK , answer, respond, suggest, mention, etc.

- Raised hand with index and middle finger = TO MOVE , sharpen pencil, see better, etc.

- Raised hand with index, middle, and ring finger = I NEED HELP , I have a question, etc.



In the event of an absence, it is the responsibility of the student to determine what assignments need to be completed. Make up work will be given for excused absences. Students will be afforded one day to complete make up work for each day of an excused absence. Assignments submitted after this period of time will be considered late.


Assignments turned in late will not receive full credit. Late work will not be accepted for unexcused absences. Examinations missed during an excused absence must be completed on the first day you return to class.


There will be a variety of extra credit opportunities during the course of the school year. Students will be notified of any extra credit opportunities. Extra credit or makeup work (for reasons other than absences) will be given solely at the discretion of the teacher.


In the next few days, please obtain these items for use in my class.


•  Two Different-Colored, College Ruled, 100+ Page Spiral Notebooks: These notebooks will be used exclusively in World History

•  Pencils and Black or Blue Pens

•  One Glue Stick: Please do not bring liquid glue

•  One Blue or Black Expo Dry Erase Marker: For use in classroom games and activities



Due to the current nature of the economy and California State budget, schools are finding less and less money available for supplies that were once expected. Although I do not feel ethically comfortable offering extra credit for these items, I will accept the following items with great gratitude:

•  White or colored printing paper (8 ½ x 11)

•  Color pencils

•  Markers

•  Crayons

•  Children's scissors

•  Colored construction paper

•  Spiral notebooks


*Please note these donations are by no means a requirement.

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World History
Bell Schedule
What Will We Learn?
Email Mr. Robinson

Check Your Grade

Current Unit
The Early Americas
Practice Test

All Units
Spread of Islam
Practice Test
Rise of Islam
Practice Test
West Africa Empires
Practice Test
Practice Test
Practice Test
Practice Test
Early Middle Ages
Practice Test
Later Middle Ages
Practice Test
The Renaissance
Practice Test
The Reformation
Practice Test
Scientific Revolution
Practice Test
Age of Exploration
Practice Test
The Enlightenment
Practice Test
The Early Americas
Practice Test
Aztec and Incas
Practice Test

History Day
Creating A Project

River Heights
7-D Website
RHIS Website

New York Times Archive
Google Scholar