Thursday, July 05, 2012

Honor Code

Honor Code – Dr. G. Mick Smith 2012-2013

The purpose of an honor code is to ensure integrity and honesty arising from your academic assessments. In agreeing to the honor code, you pledge that you will be honest in your academic pursuits and you will refrain from the following:

Cheating on tests, quizzes or homework
Allowing others to use your work without authorization from the teacher
Plagiarism—the use of another person’s work, facts or ideas, including computer programs or information from the Internet, without proper acknowledgement
Submitting a copy of a paper or a significant amount of work from a work completed for another class
Any conduct that challenges the academic integrity of the course and your academic achievement
Violations of this code will be dealt with in a fair and thoughtful manner.  

Your signature indicates your understanding of the honor code and your pledge to uphold the code.

Student Name (Print) _____________________  Student #  _______________
Signature __________________________ Date _________________



Dr. G. Mick Smith

The World History I class is designed to consider world history from prehistoric times to the development of modern nations. Topics to be covered include the rise, development, and fall of civilizations, e.g., the Egyptian, Greek, and Roman civilizations, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Reformation, and the progress towards the modern nations of England and France.  

Major Goals and Objectives
To develop the skills necessary to analyze information, appreciate historical context, and to apply knowledge of the past with an understanding of contemporary events

To develop research skills and historical knowledge to understand problems of civilization and how various peoples have settled, or failed to solve societal issues

Methods of Evaluation         Percent of Grade
Tests – 3 major assessments per quarter   60 Percent
In-class work/Homework 20 Percent
Quizzes         15 Percent

A student will be penalized for all assessments not completed and will lose points for assignments not turned in on time.

Home assessments will be assigned on a weekly basis.

Grade Connect and Moodle
I will update grades on a timely basis so parents can follow the progress of their child throughout the quarter.

Homework, a calendar (unofficial), and all class content will be posted on Moodle.

World History I: Roman Civilization Arises in Italy

Roman Civilization Arises in Italy

The Italian peninsula is centrally located in the Mediterranean Sea, and the city of Rome sits toward the center of Italy. This location would benefit the Romans as they expanded—first within Italy and then into the lands bordering the Mediterranean.
Unifying the Lands of Italy
Because of its geography, Italy proved much easier to unify than Greece. Unlike Greece, Italy is not broken up into small, isolated valleys. In addition, the Apennine Mountains, which run down the length of the Italian peninsula, are less rugged than the mountains of Greece. Finally, Italy has broad, fertile plains in the north and the west. These plains supported the growing population.
Early Peoples Settle Italy
By about 800 B.C., the ancestors of the Romans, called the Latins, migrated into Italy. The Latins settled along the Tiber River in small villages scattered over seven low-lying hills. There, they herded and farmed. Their villages would in time grow together into Rome, the city on seven hills. Legend held that twin brothers, Romulus and Remus, had founded the city. Romans regarded this tale highly because the twins were said to be sons of a Latin woman and the war god Mars, lending the Romans a divine origin.
Ancient Italy About 500 B.C.

For: Interactive map
Web Code: nap-0611

Map Skills
At the time the state of Rome was founded, the Romans’ many neighbors on the Italian peninsula included other speakers of Italic languages such as Latin.
(a) Rome (b) Apennine Mountains (c) Mediterranean Sea (d) Carthage (e) Tiber River
Based on this map, which group would you think most influenced the Romans? Explain.
Make Generalizations
What do you think are some advantages and disadvantages of living near a variety of different peoples?

The Roman god Jupiter, whose traits resembled those of Tinia, an important Etruscan god
The Romans shared the Italian peninsula with other peoples. Among them were Greek colonists whose city-states dotted southern Italy and the Etruscans, who lived mostly north of Rome. The origins of the Etruscan civilization are uncertain. One theory says they migrated from Asia Minor, while another suggests they came from the Alps. What is certain is that, for a time, the Etruscans ruled much of central Italy, including Rome itself.
The Romans learned much from Etruscan civilization. They adapted the alphabet that the Etruscans had earlier acquired from the Greeks. The Romans also learned from the Etruscans to use the arch in construction, and they adapted Etruscan engineering techniques to drain the marshy lands along the Tiber. As well, the Romans adopted some Etruscan gods and goddesses and merged them with Roman deities.
How did geography influence the origins and expansion of Rome?