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History & Geography


Assignments & Grading
% Grade & Points
Work Due
Presence & Presentation
15 % 75 points

Being Here, Sharing Ideas, & Presenting the Answer to a Study Question

_________Your Assigned Date

_______________75 pts

Three Geography Homeworks

25 % 125 points


DUE Tuesday 2/20; Thursday 3/29; & Tuesday 5/8.

Geog #1______/ 25 pts

Geog #2______/ 50 pts

Geog #3______/ 50 pts

Three 5-7 page Papers

30 % 150 points



Pap #1______/ 30 pts

Pap #2______/60 pts

Pap #3______/ 60 pts

Three Exams

30%/ 150 points


Ex #1______/ 30 pts

Ex #2______/ 60 pts

Ex #3______/ 60 pt

  100 %/ 500 Points Total  

(Total: 500 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 geography worksheets, and leading discussion. Additionally, the work of the class will be in completing three equally weighted written exams and one paper on a topic of your choice. There are NO MAKE-UP EXAMS and NO MAKE-UP DISCUSSION DATES. Late papers will automatically have points deducted. 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 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.

Attendance is not mandatory, but a significant portion of the exams will come from class material and discussions along with the reading. Coming to class will significantly increase your chances of passing--and also, 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.

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



Use the following page as a guide when doing your

work, making note of the above deadlines.

Discussion Lead Question, 15 %:

EVERONE SHOULD DO CLASS READING AND THEN PUT TOGETHER ANSWERS TO THE STUDYA QUESTIONS. Each of you will be assigned to help the class with your answers and insights to study questions for one week (assignments are on the schedule page). On your assigned date, you should come to class with a typed page including the following:

1. Name, Topic, Discussion Date--Discussions will be on Thursdays. Please look at our class schedule to find your week.

2. At the top, please briefly list the week's reading--I will copy your questions and the list of reading (author, title, date) will help students to remember what authors we are discussing.

3. List about 8 questions that best address the themes to be found in specific readings. Cite the reading or readings to be used in the answer.

4. Address all of the reading with one or two final questions. These 1 or 2 questions should focus on the broad themes, allowing students to answer with multiple sources from the week.

After you have read and thought about the major themes and examples, meet with the others who are assigned the week's reading and agree on the most important themes. Each of you will take one of these themes, explain it to the class, and present examples that best illustrate your points.

Please email me your questions and the division of the reading topics to be discussed in class--as discussed and organized by your group. If you email the questions the day before class I can copy them.

(Although I assign these each week, I recommend that all of you write discussion questions after completing the reading.)

Geography Homework 25%

There will be three geography homeworks addressing significant concepts.

Papers 30%:

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

1. You will be given a prompt for the paper addressing class themes.

2. Your work--your argument and examples and evidence should be original, your developed ideas.

3. Include FOOTNOTES or ENDNOTES (Chicago Style) & bibliography (again, Chicago Style)--CHICAGO STYLE GUIDE: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html (also see the Chicago style paper example at the Purdue Owl)

4. 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.

5. Before or after turning in your paper, please submit a copy to turnitin.com--I will be giving you instructions.

*See Paper Page listed on our Index Page, to be posted.

Exams, 30 %:

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)