Massalha, Catherine (Social Studies: World History 9; Pre-AP World History 9)

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Meet Ms. Catherine Massalha, Time Traveler Extraordinaire (TTE)                     

I graduated from ASU in 1993 with a BA in Anthropology and from University of Phoenix in 2004 with a MA in Education. I have been teaching for 18 years. I taught in Israel for one year which was quite an experience. During that year, I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Egypt for spring break and see sights in Cairo and Alexandria. In 2009, I official became a time traveler even though I had been time traveling or studying and analyzing history for some time before that. I am super excited about sharing my knowledge of history and my experiences with all of you this year at NPA.


 Pre-AP and AP Summer Reading Assignments: Destiny Disrupted by Tamim Ansary – Note-Taking-Assignment-for-Destiny-Disrupted-2017OttomanXStickyXNoteXDestinyXDisruptedSampleXNotesXforXDestinyXDisrupted

Incoming 9th graders: This Fleeting World By David Christian


Materials:

2 inch 3-ring binder (for World History or Pre-AP World History only), filler paper, dividers- 5 to 10, sheet protectors (at least 25), highlighters for SPICE-ing (multicolored-5), ballpoint pens (blue or black), pencils and eraser, colored pencils, flash drive (can be for all your classes – create a World History folder), dry erase markers (small student pack), note cards, and a tissue box for the classroom.


Homework, Correction, & Retake Policy: 

  • Late work is 50% off of earned grade
  • Essays and Projects lose 10% per day
  • 0% after 2 weeks of original due date
  • Must redo or correct assignments or retake tests with in 2 weeks of getting them back

Office Hours/Tutoring: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 3:15 – 3:45 pm


Online School Office Hours – meet me on NPA Discord in the Audio room for your course using this invite link https://discordapp.com/invite/hxZ4VYa

Pre-APWH9: Mondays 1-1:30 pm, Tuesdays 1-1:30 pm, Thursdays 1-1:30 pm

WH9: Mondays 1:30-2 pm, Tuesdays 1:30-2 pm, Thursdays 1:30-2 pm

Grading for the rest of the semester:

The way our grade book system works makes it really inefficient for me to adjust the grades after every assignment or test, so my plan is to put in grades as usual and to adjust all the grades that are lower than the final third quarter grade at the end of the semester to match it. The cut off point for the student grades was at Spring Break which was their final third quarter grade. I have access to what that was. This is what our department was planning to do: Adjust any grades that had dropped at the end of the term to match that third quarter grade. This allows students to potentially lift their grades up higher than they were at the end of third quarter by working hard to improve their grades through their online studies. There may be some ups and downs in the actual grade during the term, which is usual. Students can redo any reading quiz/assignment until they get the score you want. I just ask they send me a brief email letting me know that they redid an assignment if I have already entered it into the grade book so I get know I need to go back to the form and check your performance to change their grade; otherwise it could get missed.

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Course List

moreWorld History 9 - all classes

Description:

This class is a regular 9th grade study of World History and is organized around five overarching themes that serve as unifying threads throughout the course, helping students to relate what is particular about each time period or society to a “big picture” of history from prehistory and the origins of civilization to about 1600 CE.


Extra Credit Opportunities: You may complete one extra credit assignment per semester. For Semester 1: due  12/2/2019. For Semester 2: due 5/4/2020.


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Semester 1 Course Survey: https://forms.gle/HJiH9niCBKtgL6YG8 


End of the Year Course Survey:


Syllabus:

Click here to download the World History 9 - all classes syllabus (PDF)

Google Calendar:

morePre-AP World History 9 - all classes

Description:

Pre-APWH9 is taught as an AP course would be using AP materials and textbook. It is rigorous and designed with the assumption that the students taking it intend to continue to APWH10 and to take the AP exam at the end of tenth grade. This course teaches the necessary skills and content to be prepared for APWH10 and the AP exam. . The Pre-AP World History and Geography course is organized around five overarching themes that serve as unifying threads throughout the course, helping students to relate what is particular about each time period or society to a “big picture” of history. The time periods studied in Pre-AP World History and Geography are from 8,000 BCE – 1450 CE.


Grade Weighing:


Assessments 50% of overall grade


One-Pagers 25%


Classwork/Homework 25%


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Extra Credit Opportunities: You may complete one extra credit assignment per semester. For Semester 1: due  12/2/2019. For Semester 2: due 5/4/2020.


Current Event Extra Credit Opportunity: CurrentXEventXExtraXCreditXOpportunity


Current Issue Extra Credit Opportunity: CurrentXIssueXExtraXCreditXOpportunity


Documentary Movie Extra Credit Opportunity: Documentary.XMovieXExtraXCreditXOpportunity


Semester 1 Course Survey: https://forms.gle/sMCChjn7aPZtMMDFA


End of the year Course Survey link:


Syllabus:

Click here to download the Pre-AP World History 9 - all classes syllabus (PDF)

Google Calendar: