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    WORLD HISTORY -- College Preparation
    Mr. Mark Byers
    Room B-5
    Fall 2017 semester, FOURTH period
    Email: mark_byers@abss.k12.nc.us

    This is my seventeenth year teaching Social Studies at Western Alamance High School.  I will bring a high level of enthusiasm and preparation to the class as well as academic preparation.  I have a B.A. in History from the Pennsylvania State University, as well as a M.A. in European History from the same great institution.  I also have a M.Div. from "a former career" (wink, wink, nod, nod) and a plethora of education courses from A.C.C. and Elon University when I was preparing for my teacher certification.  This somewhat-narcissistic selfie (above) attempts to show some of my interests in just one picture.  How many can you spot in the picture or in class?
     
    For this semester, you can prepare for class with the following supplies: a 1- 1/2 inch three-ring binder, three-hole note paper, several writing utensils (pen or pencil is fine), a packet of colored pencils for map work (8 colors is enough), ear buds for in-class laptop work, a paper (not nylon or plastic) textbook cover will also be needed (I will explain how to adapt a simple brown paper grocery bag), and possibly a flash-drive to transport electronic work to/from home.
  • World History CP course syllabus

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  • Class guidelines

    For best results, please consult the classroom guidelines on this PDF-file.  Take note too of the "Alternative Grading Scale" and other classroom policies.

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  • Section Assessment forms

    These forms are used on a regular basis for pre-class reading and study of the textbook.  Be sure to note that when a student completes this work, there is a space for a parental signature for additional credit.  In this way, parents, students, and the teacher regularly can follow the specific topics covered in class.  Parents should see these forms are a regular basis throughout the semester.
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  • Person/Event Paper guidelines

    The Person/Event Papers will be a major component of the class work and focus.  The guidelines are included here.  They are very specific and students need to be fully aware of the expectations.  Begin work on your paper by noting these expectations...and following them.
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  • Pre-approved topics for Person/Event Papers

    For the extensive research-based Person-Event Papers, students are free to choose almost any topic from the specific time-period.  The topic selection is usually only limited by available research materials.  While our library is fairly well-equipped, students should also feel free to use the downtown May Memorial Library and the Elon University Library as well.  This PDF-file lists pre-approved topics that students can choose...based on available resources available ONLY in the Western Alamance High School Library.  No more than ONE student will be researching a specific topic at any one time in order to prevent unnecessary competition for resources.  Students are ENCOURAGED to use any other available resource -- although it is suggested that they consult with Mr. Byers in the event of any possible questions or for clarification.

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  • Research note form for P/E Papers

    In order to assist in the research process, I have designed a functional note-taking sheet.  This PDF-file can be frequently down-loaded and printed for student use in research.  Additional copies can be obtained in class well.
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  • Research Paper Guidelines for P/E Papers

    This extensive handout gives Mr. Byers' expectations for all Person/Event Papers due during this semester.  It is modelled on the Chicago Manual of Style (16th-Edition).  This will be taught to students in class and students MUST conform their writing to these expectations.

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  • "120 Seconds of History" guidelines

    This assignment is intended to be a well-researched in-class presentation lasting 120 seconds in class.  It is like a serious "Show and Tell" project.  This PDF-file explains the assignment, presents the required components, and delineates the grading policy.
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