H488 Requirements & Grading
 
   

 


 
Assignment
Points/ Percent Grade
Due Date

Present Answers to Class Study Questions

100 pts/10%

___________Your Assigned Date

___________/ 100 pts

Two Reading Quizzes

200 pts/ 20 %

(100 pts Each)

2/15 & 4/19

#1_______/ 100 pts & #2_______/ 100 pts

Two Midterms

(Class Themes & Reading)

400/ 40 %

3/15 & 5/17 (12:45-2:45)

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

One 8-10 Page Essay
300/ 30 %

(use the History Department Writing Center)

Proposal_______/ 40 pts due 2/22 or 3/1

Essay _______/ 240 pts due 4/26

1000/ 100 %

(Total: 1000 points (93% A; 90 % A-; 87 % B+; 83% B; 80 % B-; 77% C+; 73% C; 70 % C-; 67% D+; 63 % D; 60 % D-; 59% F)

There are NO MAKE-UP EXAMS and NO MAKE-UP DISCUSSION DATES. Late papers will automatically have points deducted, exponentially after one week. 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 the dean of students. 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. I will allow for breaks, so please be patient.  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 you can make an appointment a couple weeks before you paper is due by calling the department (677-3566). I recommend that you plan ahead.  After you email your draft to the tutor, they read over and edit your essay and are prepared to discuss your writing.  Also, CSUN has a variety of truly excellent programs and centers designed to help you accomplish your best work, and to improve critical skills each semester (take a look at our website, or just ask).

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Use the following page as a guide when doing your

work, making note of the above deadlines.

1-Presentation of Study Questions: By the fourth week, students will be assigned weekly study questions.  Everyone should prepare them, and one student will prepare and present them as a way of opening up discussion. Instructions below.

1-First of all, you should each do ALL  of the reading, as should the rest of the class. 

2-For each reading, write 2 to 5 Questions that you feel best cover the main themes and points of significance.  These should be thoughtful questions that you feel BEST reflect the points we should take from the reading.

3-After completing the reading and the questions for each, taking into account all of the readings, write 2-4 questions that BEST cover the week's overarching themes.

This is a process here.  First, you become conversant with each article or reading, and then you think about all of the readings together--which 2-4 questions would best cover ALL OF THE READING.  The idea is to build some general themes with each of the particular readings.  In 40 to 50 minutes, we do not have time to address each reading specifically.  However, if you ask the class larger thematic questions, they can answer with specific examples from the reading and we can address more.  

PLEASE DO THIS WORK and don't come ill-prepared with random questions about specific readings.  Your job is to get the class to address the week's major themes as well as to discuss specific examples.

4-TYPE YOUR QUESTIONS:  Include your name, class and date at the top.  Type your week at the top, along with the week's reading for which you have written up questions.  Then list your questions for specific works, and list your 2-4 general questions at the bottom.  Label the questions appropriately, and single or double space (no triple + spacing).  Sample below--you can turn these in during class, after the discussion.

H488                   
Name                  
22 Feb 18                  
Class Discussion #1                  

Reading: William Deverrell, “The 1850s;” Douglas Cazaux Sackman, “Nature and Conquest: After the Deluge;” and William Bauer, Jr., “Native Californians in the Nineteenth Century,” Companion to California History, pp. 159-191 & 192-214. Smith, Freedom’s Frontier, pp. 47-140.

Questions for Individual Readings 
(Deverell)
1-
2- etc.

(Sackman)
1-
2-  etc.

(Bauer)
1-
2-  etc.

(Smith, pp. 47-140)
1-
2-  etc.

Thematic Questions for Week 4
(engaging, thoughtful questions that address the week's themes, based on individual readings, 2-5 Questions)
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2-
3-
4-
5-

5-Meet with your group BEFORE class and discuss which ones of your general overall questions would best cover ALL OF THE READING.

6-Type up your class discussion guide with your group's names, the date, your week's reading listed at the top, and then a listing of 3-5 Questions that will best address the week's reading and enable your classmates to answer with examples from specific readings.  Your list of the week's readings at the top will help students to remember what was read.  Sample below--one of you should email me the master discussion questions, below, the day before the discussion (Weds).

H488                                              
Armen, Dalton, Sam
22 Feb 18
Class Discussion #1

Reading: William Deverrell, “The 1850s;” Douglas Cazaux Sackman, “Nature and Conquest: After the Deluge;” and William Bauer, Jr., “Native Californians in the Nineteenth Century,” Companion to California History, pp. 159-191 & 192-214. Smith, Freedom’s Frontier, pp. 47-140.

Thematic Questions for Week 4
(engaging, thoughtful questions that address the week's themes, based on individual readings, 2-5 Questions)
1-
2-
3-
4-
5-

2-Reading Quizzes:  There will be two reading quizzes, based on reading and class discussion.  They will be in essay format, one in week four and one in week twelve.  (The Midterms, given in Weeks eight and sixteen, will also include reading questions)  The quizzes will be in short answer essay format.

3-Two Midterms:  The Midterms will include matching questions to address any material covered in class lectures and discussions, along with essay questions reflecting the themes of the class. They will also include short answer essay questions addressing the reading, based on weekly study questions.  The Midterms will be given in Weeks Eight and Sixteen (finals’ week). 

4-One 8-10 page Essay.  This is a term research paper--follow your curiosity and devise a way of answering your question. You can analyze primary sources or answer your question with secondary sources, or a combination. You should read ONE extra book for your paper, and then use add class sources to support and contextualize your essay with the broader lines of California's history. Follow your interests, develop a biliography, then settle down to a book that you find most insightful.

Proposal Due Week Five:

1) QUESTION: Put your question at the top, and below it, explain your curiosity, briefly introduce the topic in a couple paragraphs.

2) METHOD: Simply explain how you will answer your question. For example, I will answer my question with biography, or for example, "I am going to gain insight into the daily life of gold miners by reading the letters of 'Dame Shirley,'" or "I will understand life in the Gold Rush mines via three first person accounts found in the Library of Congress collection, 'California As I saw It.'"

3) Bibliography: List 8-10 of the best sources for your topic, and put them in proper bibliographic form. (Please see the Purdue Owl "Sample Paper," at the end of it, there is a proper bibliography https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/717/11/ )

4) HYPOTHESIS: What do you expect to find? Be sure to expand on the ideas you have now--for example, "I expect to find that Gold Rush mining was more difficult that people expected, and that additionally, there was tension and conflict." Spell out and explain exactly what you think you will find, and why, explain. This is your "educated guess," write down exactly what you are thinking.

Paper Due Week Thirteen: These are formal essays, and should include Chicago styled reference notes and bibliography.  Please see the “Quick Guide” to The Chicago Manual of Style Online, and use the “Notes and Bibliography Style” (http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html ).  You might also use the Purdue OWL, a site that includes a sample paper: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/717/11/ .

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