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     I.B. World Topics Course Description

    This course is a full year study of 20th Century World Topics, and the second year of the History of the Americas Course as outlined in the International Baccalaureate curriculum. This course is an HL course, and is the equivalent of a 200 level college history course. All students enrolled in this course are required to take the I.B. Exam offered in May. The exam will cover material that is presented throughout the year, as well as material studied in the first year of the course. In addition, there will be a midterm examination in January given by the Social Studies Department.

    One of the challenges we face in I.B. World Topics is presenting the material at a college level but in a high school setting. Students enrolled in this course must be self-motivated and willing to put in the time and effort required in order to be successful. For this reason the course is fast-paced, in order to meet the demands of the I.B. curriculum requirements. I will do my best to meet those demands, while at the same time keeping my students on task and engaged in the material. The students in turn must help me by doing their part, which includes daily readings, class work, and homework, as outlined in the following pages.

    Success in school comes when everyone works together-parents, teachers, and students. In order to make this class both interesting and valuable to the students, a number of different activities and materials will be presented throughout the year. This will be a writing intensive course. Students will be able to improve their writing skills, which will help them both in and out of the classroom. There will be an emphasis on current events throughout the year. The more aware our students are of world events, the better they will be able to make important decisions in their adult lives. It is my hope to encourage this kind of learning in my students. I am available to help with any problem that might arise. Feel free to contact me here at the school at: 758-2241, Extension 71166. You may also email me at: jkaiser@rhcsd.org.