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Requirements & Grading

% Grade & Points
Work Due

Presence & Presenting a California Curiosity



3 Exams


3 4-6 Page Papers

10 % 100 points



60 % 600 points


30 % 300 points



100 %/ 1000 Points Total

Abs_________ Lates _______

_______Your Assigned Date


#1______; #2_______; #3 _______.


#1_________ #2 __________


(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.

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.

Presentation of Discussion Question, 10 %:



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, 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. 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.

7. 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.

8. Before or after turning in your paper, please submit a copy to turnitin.com, via our Canvas page (which will be up by the third week). Submit your Canvas copy within a week of the due date, before or after.

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

Exams, 60 %:

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. The Geography Exams will be part of the regular exams. I will post a guide to this section of the exam so you will know exactly what you will be asked--from Indian tribes, to counties and major water sources (for example). (See Exam Study)