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History & Geography


Assignments & Grading
% Grade & Points
Work Due
Presence & Presentation Question
20 % 200 points

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

_________Your Assigned Date

Three Exams

40 % 400 points


9/28; 11/7; &12/7

Ex #1______/ 100 pts

Ex #2______/ 150 pts

Ex #3______/ 150 pts

Three 6-8 page County Papers

40 % 400 points



#1______________ 100 (9/21)

#2_____________150 (10/26)

#3_______________150 (11/30)


100 %/ 1000 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 retiurn 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, 20 %:

You will be assigned a presentation question and date. 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 will help students to remember the week's reading.

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.

5. Please email me these questions by 5 PM on Wednesday so I will have time to copy them.

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

Papers 40%:

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

1. Choose a county--a coastal county for the first paper, a northern county for the second, and a southern county for the last. I will likely assign the second county.

2. Begin with specific examples you have found in the California travel guide, Atlas, and Fradkin readings--what geographical characteristics, historic sites, and general statistical themes (Atlas) most define your county.

3-Then address the stories and historical themes you find in Fradkin, Competing Visions, and the Companion Guide to California History. Again, which of these historic themes and stories most apply to your county.

4. Once you have your basic paper written, and have laid out significant characterisitcs and historical themes that most apply to your county, then write a thoughtful conclusion to develop a thesis that reflects your examples and points.

5. Take this thesis and put it at the top, a thesis paragraph and perhaps an opening to your paper. You might end your thesis/ introductory paragraph with a line that organizes your paper--"we can see the impact of Humboldt County residents on the ideas and vision of Caliofornians in the native population, the early Americans, and especially the communal movements of the twentieth century"--for example.

6. Check the body of your paper--does each paragraph have a topic sentence, and are there transitions (if you need them to make your paper flow).

7. Include FOOTNOTES or ENDNOTES (Chicago Style) & bibliography (again, Chicago Style)--CHICAGO STYLE GUIDE: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

8. Papers on topics from Native California up through American Takeover will be due on 10/4, with the "A" Group; papers on Gold Rush Topics through the early Progressive Era will be due with "B" papers, by the 15th of Novwember; and Twentieth Century papers will be due by the 6th of December, with "C" papers. You only need to do ONE paper, though they are due at different times.

9. 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.

10. 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, 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)