H417 Assignments & Grading  



Assignment % Grade/ Points Due Date
Class Participation and Presentation/ Discussion Lead

10 %/ 100 pts



Your Weeks: P/____(50) & DL/____(50)

Weekly Quizzes

25 %/ 250 pts (50 each)

1-_______/50 2-_______/50

3- ____/50 4-____/50 5-____/50

Weekly on Thursdays

(Wks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

Three 6-8 page Essays

40%/ 400 pts (150 each)

1-_______/100 2-_______/150

3-_______/ 150

Each Due Thursday

Week 2, Week 4, Week 6

Take Home Final--Cumulative (3-Essay Question Final)

25%/ 250

_________/ 250

  1000 Total Pts.  

(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)

Class participation is required, including participation in discussions. Additionally, the basic work of the class will be in completing three essays due throughout the term and five equally-weighted Reading & Class quizzes. There are NO MAKE-UP QUIZZES. Late work will automatically have points deducted--15 points deducted for the first week, exponentially thereafter. Please turn-in only your work done for this class. Students caught with plagiarized papers or work will automatically fail the class, with letters sent to the department and dean. On the other hand, diligent work and honesty are heartily rewarded with the satisfaction felt in truly developing skills, in completing sophisticated work, and in earning your own grade. If you put in the time, your writing and critical thinking skills will improve with each paper.

Please, be respectful of others in class. Arrive on time, be here "in the moment" by listening, commenting, and taking notes--and please, no texting or emailing. If you use your computer to take notes, please focus on the main ideas, and concentrate on class topics and discussions. I reserve the right to take away computer privileges if student focus becomes a problem.

I expect professional behavior from students, and respect for others. This means coming to class focused on our task of learning about California's rich history, and putting aside all communication devices and the outside world. Please come see me with any questions or problems early in the term so I can help you address them. Also, please do not sit in the middle of class, leave, and then return in the middle of class, disrupting our concentration. If there is a reason you have to leave in the middle of class, let me know and sit by the door--thanks, I appreciate your thoughtfulness and will be mindful of adequate breaks.


Use the following page as a guide when doing your

work, making note of the above deadlines.

Class Participation, Study Questions, and Discussion

There are thematic questions for each week, written on our syllabus (Class Schedule)--these are broad questions designed to help you organize your thoughts and to come to some conclusions about the nature of California's history. There are no right or wrong answers for these questions, and in order to answer them you will need to build an argument. In addition, I will be adding study questions specific to weekly reading to help you focus--please add questions and ideas you feel are not represented (DO ask your own questions of the reading).

Throughout class, as you read, jot down THOSE EXAMPLES that give you MOST insight and ideas about California's history, and it is also helpful to add page numbers for sections of reading you find particularly significant. Concise notes will help you to come to class prepared for discussions with specific examples and, in turn, help you to develop your essays.

Students will be assigned one discussion question to present to the class, and also, to help lead discussion.

  • The Day of Your Presentation: Turn-in a typed sheet with your name, date of presentation, your question, and a brief outline of your answer, and the sources used. (I don't accept these after your presentation)
  • The Day of Your Discussion Lead: Turn-in a typed sheet with your name, date of discussion, the reading represented, and a list of FIVE SIGNIFICANT READING QUESTIONS that would elicit a rich disussion of the weekly reading.

Five Reading Quizzes

Short answer quizzes will be given every Thursday, primarily focused on the reading. A sample will be up by next Tuesday. Each quiz will have 10 Matching Questions derived from class lectures & discussions, along with two-to-four short-answer questions addressed to the reading.

To prepare for the matching portion, after class, go over your notes from lecture and discussion-what people, ideas, and concepts are MOST important? Make a list and you will develop a great study guide for these 10 questions. What Matching terms would you use in putting together a quiz?

The short answer reading questions will come directly from class themes, study questions, and discussions.

These Quizzes each will reflect two classes--the previous Thursday and the following Tuesday, because they will be given every Thursday.

Three 6-8 page Essays

The essays are designed to help you to think about California's history (via lectures, film, and discussions), and to develop your ideas and interpretations. They will also help you to prepare for the quizzes and the Final Exam essays. These essays will be addressed to the broad themes of California's history, and are designed to help you develop an interpretation of past people, issues, and events based on class and reading examples. Essays should include a thesis argument, supportive evidence, and strong conclusions.

In this summer session, you will focus these essays on three different counties, writing your own travel guide. (See Syllabus page on Papers)

Essays should also include Chicago style footnotes or endnotes, and a bibliography. Really, this is not a difficult task, so ask me (well ahead of time) if you have any questions about Chicago Style. You can find the basic citation style online at Chicago Quick Guide/ http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html .

Along with a thesis argument, supporting evidence, and a strong conclusion--and Chicago footnotes or endnotes and bibliography, please include the following in your paper: Times Roman 12 Font, page numbers, double spacing, and reasonable margins. Please do not add any extra spaces between paragraphs.

Take Home Final

You will have a take-home cumulative final, due by the last day of class (you will turn them in via turn-it-in). The final will have three-to-four questions addressing the major themes of the class representing Native California or Spanish/ Mexican California; the Gold Rush and American 19th Century; and the Twentieth Century (1920-present). You should study over the material, outline answers to the questions, and then write out your essay answers as you would in an in-class essay.

I will grade them as exam essays.

There is no class on the last Tuesday, and if you finish your Final earlier, you can turn it in earlier as well (the weekend before).