Modern World History Mr. Kreifels  2019-2020


This class is required for all 10th graders and will cover the history of the world from approx. 1450 to the present. The second semester will deal with the time period 1900 to present. Particular events and trends of importance will be studied. Students can expect to finish the class with a broad knowledge of world history.


Class work:

  • Class activities will include homework, quizzes, tests, projects, essays, and discussion.

            Some work will be individual assignments and some done in groups.

  • My webpage on the KSS website is updated frequently. Students can check it if they are absent or need to print out an assignment. My webpage, accessed through the KSS site
  • Students will be working in Google Classroom as well for some assignments.  Parents who have a Gmail account can register for weekly emails through Google Classroom.  This tool will give you a single email that has summaries of work for you student in ALL of the Google . 
  • Note, in WH, we only occasionally use the Google Classroom.  
  • Additionally, I will invite parents & students to join my classes at  This system will send text messages concerning due dates/assignments/etc.
  • Grades/missing assignments will be posted in PowerSchool and updated regularly.

Textbook--the class will be using World History: The Modern Era (Pearson).  There will NOT be an individual textbook checked out for each student.  We will be using a class set of books in the classroom and an electronic textbook outside of class that is accessed through the internet. 

Students will access the Pearson from their Chromebook through " bookmarks" & click on Classlink

Students, for the most part, should be able to complete their work in class.  However, there will be occasional times where students will need to access the online version.  If internet  access is a concern, the library will have a limited amount of books to check out for home. 

Units of Study:


Unit I:  Comparative Religions:   Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, & Buddhism

Essential Question(s):

  • What are the basic beliefs of these major religions?
  • How are they similar and different from one another?

Unit 2:  World- Global Expansion and Encounter (1450-1750)

Essential Question(s):

  • How are societies transformed in an era of global trade?
  • What are the political, economic, geographic, and social implications of cultural expansion?

Unit 3:  Age of Revolutions (1550-1914)

Essential Question(s): 

  • What are the causes and consequences of political revolutions?
  • What are the economic, technological, political, social, and geographic causes of change in human societies?
  • How are societies altered by the change from a rural/agrarian to an urban/industrial society?
  • What are the effects of new political and economic ideas?

Unit 4:  World-International Conflicts (1900-Present)

Essential Question(s): 

  • What economic, political, social, and geographic factors lead nations to fight with each other?
  • What factors lead to peace between nations?
  • What are the economic and political implications and outcomes of war?
  • What is the role of international agreements and organizations in international relationships?
  • What causes peoples to resort to genocide?

Unit 5:  World- Emergence and Development of New Nations (1900-Present)

Essential Question(s): 

  • What is required to build a nation?
  • What are the relationships among colonization, independence, and globalization?



Grades are derived from a cumulative point value of everything done in class. Tests and projects will be worth more than homework or in-class assignments. Short assignments will be worth fewer points than longer assignments or tests. There may be opportunities for students to earn extra credit points at times during the year, though I do not give extra credit work. Parents and students can access grades through our online system—see the office to register.  I would encourage you to sign up for this program which allows students and their parents to monitor progress at KSS.



The percentage of points a student earns will determine the grade based on the following scale:


100-93                   A                                             76-73                     C

92-90                     A-                                            72-70                     C-                           

89-87                     B+                                      69-67                     D+                                                                                          

86-83                     B                                             66-60                     D

82-80                     B-                                      59 and below        F

79-77                     C+


Work Policies:           

  1. If absent, it is your responsibility to make up all work missed including obtaining any notes or handouts. Please check with another student or the webpage before speaking with Mr. Kreifels.  When handing in work from a missed day, please label the assignment “absent” with the date you were out—these assignments are turned in to the Blue tray on Mr. Kreifels’ desk.


  1. You are responsible for turning work in on time.
    1. Each semester you will be given two assignment passes to be used in the event of an emergency.  The pass must be used within two weeks of the assigned due date.  It must be attached to the completed assignment for full credit.  Any passes not used during the semester can be turned in for extra credit IF you have no missing assignments for the semester.
    2. Missing assignments can be completed in my Academy time.  Please make arrangements to come to Mr. Kreifels’ Academy. Students will receive a maximum of 75% for these completed, late assignments.  This involves a 25% penalty for late assignments.
    3. There will be middle and end of quarter deadlines established for accepting missing work.


  1. For large, long-term projects, assignment passes will not be accepted for the final product.


Behavior Expectations:

  1. Be on time to class. You must be in class by the time the tardy bell rings.
  2. Electronic devices of any kind are only allowed for academic purposes with teacher permission. Generally, students need to access the internet via to school Chromebooks in the classroom or their own laptop that meets school requirements.  Otherwise, personal electronic devices must not be seen or heard.  This is a school-wide rule and school-wide consequences will be followed.
  3. Water is encouraged but no other food or drink please. 
  4. Please be respectful others who are talking, whether it is the teacher or other students.
  5. Bring needed supplies to class every day--basically something to write with & write on.
  6. Your language or actions should be appropriate and not disruptive to the educational environment.
  7. Show compassion, courtesy, and respect to all staff and students.


Academic Integrity: 

All work produced in this class must be your own.  If you violate this policy, you will earn a zero on the assignment in question.  If you wish to receive credit for the assignment in question, you will need to complete an alternative assignment determined by me.  In addition to the consequences stated above, instances of cheating may also result in parental/guardian notification and a referral to the office.


Consequences for not meeting these expectations may include a warning, removal from class into the hall for a short time, or the intervention room. Repeated offenses or more serious misbehavior may result in an immediate office referral.


Please sign and return the attached page as an indication that you are aware of the classroom expectations.  Alternatively, if you email me, address below, that will work--please tell me your son/daughter's complete name and which class period I have them, so that I can give them credit for having the syllabus signed. 




Jeff Kreifels



EMAIL—         [email protected]           PHONE # 662-4055

(Due Tuesday September 10th)

Mr. Kreifels World History 10th Grade Rm 115


Dear Parents/Guardians,


WELCOME!  I am looking forward to working with you.


Please sign and return this page as an indication that you have seen these expectations (online or in print). The syllabus, with classroom rules/expectations, is posted online (see the web-address below). An email saying you have seen the syllabus to [email protected] is fine--please put your child's name and class period in the email.  (example:  Sally Smith, p-4 WH).


Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.   Please be sure that you have a current phone number and email address on file with the SSC.  This will allow me to contact you,  if necessary, most efficiently,



Jeff Kreifels



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