World Honors (Grade 9)

World History Honors Description:

Enrollment in World History Honors depends on placement according to the department criteria below.  World History Honors is offered to students who have demonstrated success in social studies and literacy, and wish to take a rigorous social studies course in high school. The course requires a great deal of independent reading of primary and secondary sources, individual and group projects, and high levels of analytical thinking, writing, and discussion.


Criteria for Placement in World History Honors:  

  • In-class Assessment: This assessment consists of excerpts from two primary source documents – one from an ancient civilization students studied at HMS and another from a more recent civilization students have not yet studied. Through a series of questions, students will be asked to analyze the two documents, compare and contrast them with one another and make inferences based on their critical reading.  This assessment is reviewed by a committee of the supervisor and high school honors teachers.

  • Average Social Studies Grade: Ideally, honors candidates have an average of 94 or above in eighth-grade social studies for the first two marking periods.

  • Timed Writing Scores:  Honors candidates should meet or exceed the grade-level standard on in-class writing assessments such as their mid-year document-based question in eighth grade.  In addition, the first argument essay from eighth-grade literacy was taken into consideration.

  • Teacher Input:  If you would like to know specifics about teacher feedback into this process, please contact the social studies teacher who provided it.  Eighth-grade teachers shared input on the following characteristics for students:

    • Intellectual curiosity

    • Quality of writing

    • Creative, original thought

    • Participates well in class

    • Disciplined work habits

    • Motivation

    • Ability to handle criticism

    • Ability to work collaboratively

    • Ability to work independently

    • Ability to analyze primary sources

    • Interest in history

Disclaimer:  It is possible that the data available to use for placement purposes will change based on requirements received from the state or other seen or unforeseen circumstances.   The district may adjust placement criteria as necessary at any time.

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