Padgett, Mrs. Monica


 Mrs, Padgett
10th grade Global Studies

"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past." -Thomas Jefferson


Welcome to my website for Global Studies!  If you need to contact me for any reason, please feel free to do so via email at or phone at 846-6789 ext. 1393.  Below is a syllabus for my Global Studies courses.

Course Descriptions

Global Studies encompasses the entire planet... literally!  Physical and political geography, traditions and cultural heritage, government systems, economic policies, and current events are components that make history a living, breathing part of our lives. Many times we examine how these components are changed throughout the course of history and the effects of those changes.

In each unit, students will explore a time period of the world's history by discovering the nations' landscape and geographic location, examining the nations' historical significance and prominent events from a non-western perspective, and evaluating current events occurring within the nations to create a global solution.  Our goal is to use skills to examine the past and discover how the choices made by those before us affect our everyday lives and can help guide us to a better choice tomorrow.

Honors Online Global Studies

Learners who plan to enroll in Advanced Placement U.S. History or Advanced Placement World History are recommended to take this course. Global Studies provides the connection between the historical background and the geographic, cultural, political and economic aspects of the major regions of the world. This course will satisfy the Global credit requirement and is highly recommended for learners that plan to take additional honors or AP courses.

In Online Honors Global Studies, learners will have access to the same content as those learners who take the daily, face-to-face course but it will be tailored to fit into a weekly schedule and a digital classroom environment. Learners in the online course will be required to meet with the teacher in the classroom at least one time per week for a large group session or individual conferences, in addition to any school directed procedures for attendance (for example, checking in daily for attendance does not meet the requirement of meeting once a week). Learners will receive notes, access to online screencasts, virtual classroom discussion forums, activity modules, and quizzes through the Schoology learning management system. All assignments will have posted due dates in advance so learners will have the ability to work at their optimum pace. The teacher will be available during the scheduled class time on days in which students are not required to report to class as well as during FLEX to assist learners who need extra help.

Syllabus and Classroom Expectations

Mrs. Padgett reserves the right to revise this syllabus and expectations outlined it in for any reason, including but not limited to a new or revised district policy, school closure, or other circumstance.  New expectations will be communicated to students and parents/guardians by the district or the teacher depending on the situation.

*Please note that the COVID-19 pandemic affects some areas of this syllabus, including expectations of students being online to class, completion of work, and format of class/MCL expectations.  Please communicate questions or concerns about these topics to me ASAP!

**Please note the difference between Online Learners (student enrolled in Online Honors Global Studies as a course) and Remote Learners (during the 2020-2021 school year, students who are enrolled in traditional courses but option to work remotely from home). 


Students are expected to treat other students, teachers, or any others in the classroom with respect at all times, including circumstances in which we are answering discussion topics, asking questions, and expressing opinions.  In return, students will receive the same respect from the teacher and other classmates. A verbal warning will be given after the first incident involving disrespect toward any person(s) in the classroom, a parent/guardian will be contacted after the second incident, and the third incident will be referred to the discipline office. 

Late to class

Students are also expected to arrive at class on time and prepared to participate.  Students are expected to be inside the classroom (on the classroom side of the threshold of the door) before the bell rings; if a student is not inside the classroom when the bell rings, the student is late.  If the student presents a legitimate pass from a teacher, he or she will be excused; however, if there is no pass the student is considered late.  A verbal warning will be given after the first two incidents involving a student being late without a pass and the third incident will be referred to the discipline office.  This includes being alert, offering opinions and answers to discussion topics and other activities, and bringing a laptop and any assignments for class. 

**Online learners are expected to check the Updates section of Schoology and upcoming events calendar daily for items that are important for the daily/weekly schedule, content, study skills, due dates, etc.  Online learners are expected to check in to the classroom daily at the beginning of class (before the bell rings) and to report back before the end of class as well as report to class for conferences on the correct cycle day.  Failure to do so will result in a suspension of check-out privileges.

**Remote learners
attendance will be taken during the daily Zoom instruction.  Remote learners are asked to access the Zoom meeting and be in the meeting waiting room within the first 5 minutes of the school bell schedule- for our class, this will be the "grace period" of getting organized and prepared in person, then I will admit remote learners for instruction to begin after the 5 minute "grace period" so remote learners should be prepared by that time.  For example, if the bell schedule says that class will start at 9:23, remote students should join the waiting room from 9:23-9:27 in order to be admitted into the meeting at 9:28.  All district policies and expectations for live-streaming are also in effect.


Cell phones or any other electronics that are not school property must remain on silent mode or off AND out of sight during class time unless permission is given.  A written warning is given at the door (sign and class rules) and devices should be silent and out of sight when the bell rings. Learners may be asked to place it in "cell phone jail" until the end of class.  Refusal to comply with these expectations or disrespect towards anyone requesting these expectations be followed will result in a discipline referral for insubordination AND violation of the Acceptable Use Policy.  Additionally, all other school rules are expected to be observed in the classroom as well. 

School MacBooks are expected to be used as an educational tool.  Any inappropriate use of the MacBooks will also result in a referral to the office.  Logging in under another student's account is a breach of confidentiality so please understand that your computer and password should not be shared with others.  If you forgot your computer, please sign out a Chromebook in the HUB... DON'T SHARE COMPUTERS!  It is expected that students will follow the directions and expectations outlined in the Academic Honesty Contract below when completing all course work. 

Students are encouraged to use headphones in situations that an audio or video assignment will be coming due- if students do not have headphones available for this, please contact Mrs. Padgett ASAP for a pair to be provided.

Grading Procedures and Assignments

Students' grades will be determined on a total points system.  Students' grades will be determined by homework, classwork, individual and group projects and assignments, unit exams, current events, sectional quizzes, discussions and participation assignments, and unit projects.  The focus of the course will be on developing the five social studies skills by examining the content of Global Studies.  Therefore, it is vitally important that students complete assignments for feedback to practice skills before assessments.  Assignments for assessment and practice will be clearly labeled on Schoology.  *NO EXTRA CREDIT WILL BE GIVEN*  Students will have ample opportunities inside and outside of class to complete assignments.

Assignments will be posted in Schoology, written on the whiteboards in the classroom, and repeated orally.  It is the students' responsibility to follow through when completing assignments AND make sure the assignments are turned in digitally.  Confirmation of received assignments will always be given if a student asks and is also available through Schoology.  Please use the calendar and Updates section of Schoology to help keep track of assignments.  Weekly emails are also used to keep students and parents up-to-date.

**Online learners are expected to complete weekly coursework before the deadline at the end of the week.  Weeks begin Wednesday at 12:01 am and end Tuesdays at 11:59 pm.  Please see Schoology for more information.

**Remote learners are expected to complete the same coursework and under the same conditions as traditional, in person learners.

Final Exam Policy
Specific policies will be posted within Schoology that will be specific to students within the course.  The following are the general rules followed:
     -Students in cotaught and standard sections may be exempt with a 90% average between marking periods within the semester
     -Students in honors sections may be exempt with a 95% average between marking periods within the semester
     -Students who do not earn these averages, will be required to either take the cumulative final exam or complete a cumulative final project.  More info will be available in Schoology closer to the end of the semester.
     -Students who complete the cumulative final project prior to the "early" due date posted in Schoology may be excused from attending the final exam period.  More info will be available in Schoology closer to the end of the semester.

Flex is a great opportunity to catch up on work, ask questions, or get more help with assignments.  Office hours are available multiple days through the week but vary depending on the schedule, so please check Flextime Manager regularly.  It is the STUDENTS' responsibility to sign up for flex BEFORE 4th period ends- do not show up after flex has started (even with a pass!) asking to be added to the roster.  If there is room in the roster, then you have time throughout the day to sign up.  If I need to see only a select list of students for makeup work, I add students to a specific flex session after a conference.  Otherwise, you are required to sign yourself up!

Schoology & Skyward

Schoology is the district's official platform that students will use as a digital hand-in folder, discussion forum, and resource storage space.  Notes, readings, current events, discussions, and other documents for class can be found here.  Skyward is the official gradebook and is also where you will find course messages sent throughout the semester, so please check grades and announcements often.


MCL or Mass Customized Learning will be an aspect of the course that is aimed to meet each student at his or her academic and content level and help each student rise to the next level in preparation for life outside of high school as well as other courses in the student's future.  MCL also can be seen in the environment of class and how activities are structured to facilitate the best learning option for all students.  Small group instruction on content, small group lessons on study skills and soft skills, individual or independent learning, collaboration stations, and 1 on 1 conference are all environments that are in place for any and all students to maximize according to their strengths, preferences, and needs.  Examples of academic formats of MCL that we will sample in class are gamification, hybrid/blended learning, and project-based learning.  Students are encouraged to participate and ask for help when needed.  If a student or parents have questions or concerns at any time about MCL, please contact me directly.

Absences and Accountability 

Students that know they will miss a class are asked to make arrangements to receive the work or test they will miss PRIOR TO THE DAY OF ABSENCE.  Whether a student misses school due to sports, illness, appointment, etc., the student is responsible for all assignments and material covered in class.  Announced assignments, exams, and quizzes will be taken or become due the next day the student is in class.  All of the notes and handouts that are given to students are also posted on Schoology, therefore, students always have access to notes and assignment lists. All assignments, due dates, and discussions will be posted in the classroom for any student to use as a guide for makeup work.  Extensions will ONLY BE GIVEN IF PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS ARE MADE or at the teacher's discretion based on the student's progress and circumstances.  Please make an effort to communicate in the event of an emergency.

It is the student's responsibility to see the teacher, retrieve missed work, and set a due date for the work.

Late Assignments

Assignments not turned in or finished by the due date are considered late.  Under normal circumstances, NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR FULL CREDIT (partial credit given based on teacher discretion) unless prior arrangements are made.  

*** Online learners are expected to understand that there are NO late assignments accepted.  If an emergency or unavoidable circumstances occur, please communicate that information as soon as possible before due dates.  Because you have the flexibility of an online course, you should use that flexibility to the best of your ability.

Mastery Statement (Social Studies Department)
The Central York High School Social Studies Department is committed to providing all learners the opportunity to demonstrate mastery. Mastery is fostered through continual discussion and analysis. Therefore, students in any social studies course must first meet with their teacher to review the content and thinking skill. Then, students may be asked to revise work or show their thinking through a new task reinforcing similar content and thinking skill.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the mastery by revising and resubmitting graded assignments.

Restroom and Drink Breaks

Students will have the opportunity to use the restrooms and water fountains during the time between classes and the first few minutes of class.  Unless an emergency presents itself, please try to limit these breaks to the appropriate times.  Of course, there are situations in which exceptions will be made.  Students are also expected to carry a pass with them (ehallpass) and sign out on the sheet in the front desk of the room while they are outside of the classroom.  

Academic Honesty

Students are expected to complete their own original assignments at all times and to "maintain the highest levels of academic integrity." 

The following are examples of academic dishonesty:
-Students who plagiarize any source without correctly citing it 
-Students who submit a "wholly quotable" product instead of producing their own conclusions 
-Students who copy another student's work to submit as their own (including "wholly quotable" work).
-Students who send a photo or allow access to a document to another student to use in producing their work

The following are examples of consequences of academic dishonesty (on a case by case basis, at the discretion of the teacher) for any student involved in the incident:
-The student(s) may receive a "0" for the assignment 
-The student(s) may 
receive a discipline referral for academic dishonesty or a violation of the district's AUP
-The student(s) may be asked to redo the assignment under the supervision of the teacher or under alternative conditions

Course Outline

GLOBAL STUDIES is an in-depth analysis of primarily non-western countries and continents.  Each unit will consist of a map quiz of major countries and geographic locations, individual and group assignments or projects on culture, government, economy, historical significance, and major events, daily application and exploration activities, current issue position paper (honors only) and a comprehensive exam or project.  The course will loosely follow the following schedule:

Welcome (Intro)- First Day Info, Skills, Introduction of Course Materials; 1 week

Unit 1: Kings and Queens (1750's-1914- Industrial Revolution and Expansion of Empires); 2 weeks

Unit 2: World At War (1914-1945- Outbreak of World War I to End of World War II); 2-3 weeks

Unit 3: Emerging Nations (1945-1965- Independence and the Crumbling of Empires); 2-3 weeks

Unit 4: Cold War (1960-1990- Heating of Cold War and Superpower Politics); 2-3 weeks

Unit 5: Globalization (1990-2010- Technology and The Rise of the Internet); 2-3 weeks

Unit 6: Today (2011-2019- Today's Conflicts, Issues, and Trends); 2-3 weeks

Unit 7: Final Project & Exam (Cumulative, Exemptions possible); 1 weeks


*Online Learners: Please note that although the units are organized by topic, weekly modules will be the format used for the semester.  It will take about 2-3 weeks for each unit.

Revised 8/24/2020