H488 Requirements & Grading


Points/ Percent Grade
Due Date

Discussion Questions & Lead (for Leading & Participating in Discussion)

100 pts/20%

Assigned & Participation

_______20 pts Assigned Lead & ________80 pts Weekly Participation

Two Reading Quizzes

100 pts/ 20 %

(50 pts Each)

9/26 & 11/14

#1_______/ 50 pts & #2_______/ 50 pts

Two Midterms (Class Themes & Reading)

200/ 40 %

10/17 & 12/12 (8-10 PM)

MT #1________/ 100 pts & MT #2________/ 100 pts

Term Paper & Proposal
100/ 20 %

Proposals due 9/19; Papers due 11/14 or Earlier

Proposal_______/ 20 pts; Paper_______/ 80 pts

500/ 100 %

There are NO MAKE-UP EXAMS and NO MAKE-UP DISCUSSION DATES. Late papers will automatically have points deducted, exponentially more the later it is turned in. Please turn-in only your work done for this class. Students who turn in plagiarized papers or work will automatically fail the class, with letters sent to your department. On the other hand, diligent work and honesty are heartily rewarded with the satisfaction felt in truly developing skills and earning your own grade, whatever it may be, proudly earning it on your own.

A significant portion of the exams will come from class lectures and discussions, along with the reading. Coming to class will significantly increase your chances of passing--and also, please, be respectful of others. Arrive on time, be here "in the moment" by listening, commenting, and taking notes--and please, no texting or emailing. Please come see me with any questions or problems early in the term so I can help you to address them.

The History Department has a Writing Help Center, and I will give you more information about it next week. I recommend that you plan ahead and make an appointment for additional help with the writing of your paper.


Use the following page as a guide when doing your

work, making note of the above deadlines.

Discussion Lead (20 pts) & Class Participation (80 pts), 20 %

For your assigned Discussion Lead, please turn in:

1. Name, Topic, Discussion Date


3. A brief paragraph answer to your questions (perhaps with page numbers of critical quotes)

Your task is to make your classmates talk, so think of provocative questions that will keep the discussion going. In addition, your questions should encompass the most significant themes of the week's reading.

For Participation Points, please:

Come to class and be prepared to discuss the reading.

Two Reading Quizzes, 20 %

Fill in and/ or short answer essay, guide to be posted.

Paper & Paper Proposal, 20 %

Paper Proposal (20 pts):

PURDUE OWL SAMPLE PAPER WITH CHICAGO STYLE REFERENCE NOTES & BIBLIOGRAPHY/ https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/717/11/

This will be a term research paper, so use the library and database resources (such as World Cat, Jstor, & EBSCO host, to name only a few). Please select the most useful sources, and in writing your paper you can also use our class reading. If you are writing about a person, then you should select out the best biography for your question. If you are looking at social history, for example, you may want to select information from several sources. Be sure to use class reading in forming your question and in writing your paper, as mentioned above. This will be an 8-10 page paper.

Your proposal should include the following:

1. What is your question, your curiosity? (Perhaps inspired by a field trip)

2. List 10 sources which might help you answer your question (with full bibliographic citations, Chicago Style)*

3. List 2-4 of the above sources will be most helpful, why? Annotate these and explain why they will be helpful.

4. WHAT do you think you will find? Venture a hypothesis, what do you expect the answer to your question will be?

Paper (80 pts):

You can use the following as a guide for writing your paper:

1. Begin with your interest and your question--in first paragraph, include question, thesis, and reasoning (1-2 paragraphs)

2. Body of paper should be organized around YOUR reasoning/argument (1-2 paragraphs per supportive point, for example, begin each paragraph with topic sentence then explain and exemplify the evidence)

3-Conclusion (1 very thoughtful paragraph for your conclusion)

4. Include FOOTNOTES or ENDNOTES (Chicago Style)

5. Include bibliography (again, Chicago Style)

6. LATE PAPERS will have 5 points deducted the first week, 10 points the second, 15 the third, etc. Please turn you paper in on time, which means bringing a paper copy to class BY the due date. If you print your paper at the last minute, emailing me a copy does not make your paper "on time." A paper copy turned in before class begins and by the due date is considered "on time." Also, please have your paper stapled. (you can also turn it in before the due date) One way to have it done is to make sure your paper is completed at least a day before our class. The hard copy of your paper is the paper that I count as submitted.

7. Before or after turning in your paper, please submit a copy to turnitin.com, via the CSUN platform for turnitin.

Two Exams, 40 %

The Exams are about 40% matching or short answer questions; and 60% essay. There will be examples of questions posted. You will be able to prepare for the essay question portion of the exam in advance as we will address these questions in class and they will be listed on our Exam Page and also they will be covered by the Reading Questions presented in class. (See Exam Study)