HISTORY 112 SU '12 Sections 86766 Online 6 Weeks (6/18-7/26)
United States History II (U.S. History Since 1865) - Syllabus
Dr. Brad Reynolds
INTRODUCTION AND WELCOME
Welcome to your summer online U.S. history class called United States History Since 1865 (History 112 Online) with me, Dr. Brad Reynolds. (Please note that if you are viewing this prior to the first day of class then this web site is subject to change! It does not become official until the first official day of your class, which is June 18, so please reread everything here at that time if you are viewing this prior to that date!) Also, if you have not as yet read the "Online Classes Welcome and Orientation Letter Plus Online FAQs" then please scroll to the top of the page you are reading, click on "more" and click on the aforementioned location.
This is a 100 percent online course. You will be sending work to the instructor by email and you will be taking some exams at Blackboard. Make sure you register at Blackboard and that you can access your account. You can reach Blackboard at http://bb9.canyons.edu. Your user name is your seven digit COC ID number and your password is student.
THE DISCUSSION AREA OF THIS WEB SITE AND THE DISCUSSION BOARD AT BLACKBOARD
If you would like to communicate online with any of the other students in your class about the class material, or perhaps form a study group online, or if you have a general class question for Dr. Reynolds that you wouldn't mind sharing with the other students so they could benefit from the answer too, then you can do a posting at one of two places. One is to the Discussion Area of this Syllabus which you can reach by scrolling to the top of this page, clicking on 'more" and then placing your cursor over the name of your class. A popup to the Discussion Area for your class will appear. Click on it and follow the directions to do your posting. The other way you can communicate with the students in your class, or ask the instructor a general question, is to go into your Blackboard account and click on the Discussion Board. Whichever way you decide to go, you should check the Discussion Area of this Syllabus or the Discussion Board at Blackboard several times each week for any class changes or updates to your class. The essay question for each of your essay exams will also be posted to the Discussion Area of the Syllabus and to the Discussion Board at Blackboard on the dates listed below in the Calendar section. But remember that if you have a question of a personal nature, like something about your grade, you should send an email directly to Dr. Reynolds at email@example.com.
Now, since it is important that you can access Blackboard for this class so you can take your multiple choice exams, please do a posting to the Discussion Board at Blackboard before the first Wednesday of the class or you might be dropped from the class! (Or you can do a posting to the Discussion Area of your Syllabus if you are sure you can access Blackboard.) Just say "hello" to everyone by doing a posting with your name, your major, maybe an interesting fact about yourself, or anything else that you would like to share with the other members of your class. That way I will also know if you are actively enrolled in the class and, who knows, you might connect with an old friend or make a new one!
This is a 100 percent online class which means we do not have any formal face to face class meetings. All your essay exams, news articles, and history projects (which are discussed below) will be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All of your your multiple choice exams for this class will be taken via Blackboard. If this or any of the other class material is not clear to you then please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Reynolds via email at email@example.com with your questions.
This online course aims to acquaint you with the broad historical trends and the continuing controversies in American history since the end of the Civil War in 1865. It should help you realize that there are many ways to look at and respond to events. In so doing, the hope is that you will better understand the present so you can better shape the future. In order for you to understand and appreciate the course information more, you should stay current with the news of the day by regularly reading a daily newspaper, weekly news magazine, or news website, and by keeping current with the reading assignments listed below. By the end of this course it is expected that you will know why the United States failed to reconstruct the Union as a truly democratic republic following the Civil War and what the struggle has been for civil rights, why and how the West was settled during the four decades following the Civil War and what impact that had on the U.S. economy and on the people of the West (especially the Native Americans), you will learn why and how the U.S. expanded into various parts of the world in the latter half of the nineteenth century and fought a war with Spain in 1898, why and how the United States became an industrial giant at the turn of the twentieth century and the impact that has had on the American people and government, why and how the U.S. became the world’s leading military power in the early twentieth century and has retained that title, how the U.S. has dealt with rapid economic take-off and then economic depression, why the United States fought two world wars in less than twenty-five years during the first half of the twentieth century, how a hatred for communism dominated American foreign policy for over four decades, how important social changes over the last one hundred years and especially the last fifty years have (and are) creating forces that will either make America still stronger in the new century or will tear it asunder, and how the war on terrorism has affected American policy at home and abroad.
STUDENT LEANING OUTCOMES or SLOs
The specific Student Learning Outcomes or SLOs for this class, as listed in the course curriculum outline on file with the college, are that by the end of the semester you should be able to:
Assess the causes and ramifications of social, cultural, political, and legal change in the United States; and
Evaluate America's foreign affairs from the late 19th Century to the present.
STDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES
The specific Student Leaning Objectives that students should know by the end of the semester in this class, according to the class outline on file with the Curriculum Committee, are the ability to:
1. Appraise the social and political issues involved in Reconstruction, while comparing and contrasting various Reconstruction formats and evaluating the impact of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments;
2. Analyze the catalysts for western settlement, and the troubles between "the establishment" and Native Americans, while assessing the validity of assimilation venues such as the Dawes Severalty Act and education;
3. Evaluate the ordeals and progress of laborers in America over time, and assess the impact of ethnocentrism on labor legislation;
4. Articulate the agenda of the populist movement and discern the impact of race on farmers' alliances;
5. Assess progressivism's political and social reforms, including the diminished role of machine politicians;
6. Appraise the reasons for, and results of, American involvement in international affairs, from the Spanish-American War through the two world wars, and discern the cultural prejudices that have had an impact on international affairs;
7. Explain the causes of the Great Depression, while comparing and contrasting Hoover's and Roosevelt's governments;
8. Analyze the causes and results of the Cold War;
9. Assess and evaluate the causes and results of the Vietnam conflict;
10. Explain the causes and on-going results of America's African-American civil rights movement;
11. Appraise the cultural and political contributions of underrepresented populations;
12. Discern examples of national policies and practices at the local and state level, and explain the mutual impact of the nation and state upon each other; and
13. Demonstrate a familiarity with selected local and state political leaders and legislative or judicial issues.
The contact information below is good 24/7. When you send an email you will get a response as soon as possible and always within two days. If you do not hear back from Dr. Reynolds within two days, then please resend your original email to him on the third day and do not assume it was received. Also, please remember to always include your name, the name of your class, and your class section number in the subject area of your emails. Please also include a detailed message so we can be resolve you question(s) quickly. Thanks!
Dr. Reynolds is available to you 24/7 at firstname.lastname@example.org. You are also welcome to drop by his office anytime on the Valencia campus of COC in BONH-329. However, since Dr. Reynolds is frequently out of his office due to classroom assignments, committee work, or other college responsibilities, and since you are taking a 100 percent online class, it is best that you try to contact Dr. Reynolds via email at email@example.com. If you do drop by his office, feel free to leave a message under his office door if he is not in, but email will likely be the fastest way to get a response.
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (OR email@example.com, but please do NOT send the same email to more than one address at a time! Thanks.)
THE TEXTS AND WHERE TO PURCHASE THEM
The two texts for this course are: Bradley Reynolds, American History, An Overview Since 1865, Seventh Edition (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2009), ISBN is 0-07-353883-3, and A Patriot's History of the United States by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen (New York: Sentinel, 2007), ISBN 978-1-59523-023-4. Both books are available at the COC Book Store and various online sites. You can also order the books from the COC Book Store by calling 1-661-362-3355 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Patriot's History is additionally available as an ebook.
The Reynolds book was written specifically for your class. It includes outlines of material you should learn and a chronology of major events. A Patriot's History will give you more insight to the material so it is expected that you will read both books. They are the only books you should read and reference for the essay exams.
For a list of course topics, please look at the Table of Contents in your course texts.
COURSE READING ASSIGNMENTS
Your class reading assignments are to complete in the American History book Chapters 1-9 for your first exam, Chapters 10-17 for your second test, and the remainder of the book to answer your final exam. In A Patriot's History you should read Chapters 9-14 for test one, Chapters 15-18 for test two, and Chapters 19-22 for test three.
Besides reading your texts, you should read a current daily news source or weekly news magazine on a regular basis. You may be surprised at how much material in this class has a direct relationship to events today. So stay current with the news to enjoy the class material more and to help fulfill one of your class assignments which is to turn in ten current newspaper or magazine articles related to the class material (as described in the "Course Policies" section below).
The primary goals of this class are that your will complete the class readings, assignments, and exams as scheduled and that by doing so you will gain an understanding of how important it is to know United States history to better comprehend the present and help you shape the future.
To achieve the primary goals of the class, you should read your texts as listed above, and read a daily or weekly news source to locate articles related to the content of this class so you can complete your ten news articles assignment as discussed below in the "Course Policies" section. The purpose of this assignment is to show you that there are things in the news everyday that you will better comprehend if you have an underatanding of history.
Also remember to complete the ten history projects which are discussed in the "Course Policies" section below. The purpose of this assignment is to show you that there are many ways to learn and appreciate history.
Last, you need to complete your Student Learning Outcome (SLO) test, your Insitutional Student Learning (ISLO) test, and your review of a website on CALIFORNIA history and government, all of which are discussed below in more detail.
COURSE POLICIES AND GRADING
The grades in this class break down as follows:
You will take 3 ESSAY EXAMS worth 20 percent each or 60 percent of your class grade. Your essays will be taken from the three essay lists below and posted to the Discussion Area of your Syllabus and to the Discussion Board at Blackboard on the dates listed below in the Calendar section. For each exam you will receive at least one essay to answer. You will send your answer back via email to email@example.com no later than 11:59 p.m. COC time on the days the exams are due. Please note that you will be docked one grade for each day or portion thereof that essay exam one or two is turned in late, and that you cannot turn in your final essay late! In addition, if you fail to turn in an essay you will get a zero for that assignment which means a Fail for that exam plus one lower class grade! So always adhere to you test and assignment due dates! And note that in addition to your final essay exam, the SLO exam, the ISLO exam, the California web site review, the articles, and the projects will not be accepted late. So make a note in your calendar of all due dates!
Another 10 percent of your class grade will come from your 10 HISTORY PROJECTS. Their due dates and what the projects entail are discussed in more detail below under "History Projects."
Another 10 percent of your class grade will come from your 10 NEWS ARTICLES. Their due dates and how to do the articles are discussed in more detail below under "History Articles."
You will also take in this class 1 STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOME (SLO) EXAM worth 10 percent of your class grade. This 10 question comprehensive multiple choice exam, for which you will have ten minutes to complete, will review the most important information you should have learned from reading your texts. It will be available at Blackboard on the date listed below in the Calendar section. The test will be graded on a 90-80-7 percentile scale. For more details about it, please see below under "SLO and ISLO Exams."
In addition, you will take 1 INSTIUTIONAL LEARNING OUTCOME (ISLO) EXAM worth 10 percent of your class grade. This 10 question comprehensive multiple choice exam, for which you will have ten minutes to complete, will review the most important information you should have learned from reading your texts. It will be available at Blackboard on the date listed below in the Calendar section. It will be graded on a 90-80-7 percentile scale. For more details about it, please see below under "SLO and ISLO Exams."
Last, you are expected to complete 1 REVIEW A WEB SITE ON CALIFORNIA HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT. Note that this assignment will be graded as done or not done and it must be received via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by the day and time listed below in the Calendar section or you will get an F for the assignment plus one lower class grade, so make sure you do this assignment! See below for more on how to complete it.
REVIEW OF THE CLASS GRADING
3 essay tests worth 20 percent each or 60 percent of your class grade
10 projects worth 10 percent of your class grade
10 articles worth 10 percent of your class grade
1 SLO exam worth 10 percent of your class grade
1 ISLO exam worth 10 percent of your class grade
1 web site review on California history and government graded as completed or not
CALENDAR OF IMPORTANT CLASSWORK AND THE DUE DATES
June 18: On this first official day of your class, you should read the course web site carefully and, if you have not yet done so, read the "Online Classes Welcome and Orientation Letter Plus Online FAQs" located at bradleyreynolds.weebly.com. You should also start reading your assigned texts and start working on your first two projects and articles which are due next week! (Note that your projects and articles can cover any primary topic covered in your texts and do NOT have relate directly to what you are reading at the moment.) If you have any questions about the class material you should email Dr. Reynolds this week at email@example.com. And don't forget to sign into the Discussion Board or the Discussion Area before Wednesday!
June 19: Before the end of this second day of class you should have posted to the Discussion Board or to the Discussion Area to avoid being dropped from the class. And don't forget to start working on your first two projects and articles. Please cut and paste your projects and your articles (and all your other work) directly into the emails you send to firstname.lastname@example.org. And please send each project and article in a separate email. Remember too that you can turn in your projects and articles early and that you are encouraged to do so at least 72 hours prior to when they are due so that you have time to redo something if necessary. And please don't forget to put your full name and you class section number in the subject area of the emails you send.
June 22: By this first Friday of class, you should have reviewed both of the books assigned to your class and you should have read the first assigned chapters in each book. You might want to also reread the "Online Students Welcome and Orientation Letter Plus Onlime FAQs" at Dr. Reynolds' web site since the Q and A section might have more meaning now. And don't forget your first two articles and your first two projects are due by next Friday.
June 25: By today, the start of your second week of class, you should have your first set of articles and projects ready to submit since they are due by this Friday by 11:59 p.m. COC time. Make sure you are also keeping up with your reading, and you should by now started outlining some of the essays listed below for exam one so you are well prepared to submit your first essay exam next week!
June 29: Today your first set of articles and projects are due via email to email@example.com no later than 11:59 p.m. COC time. Remember to cut and paste your articles directly into your emails and to include a link to your source. Also remember to put your full name and your class section number in the subject area of your emails and to send each project and article in a separate mail.
July 2: Today, at the start of your third week, you should have started working on your second set of articles and projects which are due this Friday, and you should have started outlining some of the essays listed below under Essay Exam One so you are well prepared to submit you first essay exam next week.
July 4: I hope you have a fun and safe Independence Day!
July 6: Today, by 11:59 p.m. COC time, your second set of projects and articles are due at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you cut and paste your work directly into your emails and that you put your name and class section number in the subject area of all emails you send. And please send all work in separate emails. Yes, it is a bit more work but it really helps with the record keeping.
July 9: Today, as you start your fourth week of class, you should be working on your third set of articles and projects and preparing outlines for you first essay exam since two more articles and two more projects plus your first essay exam will be due this Friday!
July 12: Before noon today your first essay exam will be posted to the Discussion Area and the Discussion Board. Make sure you cut and paste your answer directly into your email and send it to email@example.com no later than 11:59 p.m. COC time tomorrow. Also remember that your third set of articles and projects are due tomorrow by 11:59 p.m. COC time.
July 13: By today at 11:59 p.m. COC time your first essay exam and your third set of articles and projects are due back by email to firstname.lastname@example.org! Please remember to cut and paste your work directly into your email and to put your full name and class section number in the subject area of your email.
July 16: As you start your fifth week of class, you should be working on your fourth set of articles and projects, and you should be preparing outlines for your second essay exam.
July 19: Today, before noon, your second essay exam will be posted to the Discussion Area and to the Discussion Board. Make sure you cut and paste your answer directly into your email and send it to email@example.com no later than 11:59 p.m. COC time tomorrow. Also remember that your fourth set of articles and projects are due tomorrow by 11:59 p.m. COC time.
July 20: By today at 11:59 p.m. COC time your second essay exam and your fourth set of articles and projects are due back by email to firstname.lastname@example.org! Please remember to cut and paste your work directly into your email and to put your full name and class section number in the subject area of your email.
July 23: As we enter the last week of class, you should be working on your last set of articles and projects, you should be preparing outline for your thirs essay exam, you should be looking for a web site to review on CALIFORNIA history and government , and you should be reviewing the multiple choice questions in the American History book to help you prepare for your SLO and ISLO multiple choice exams later in the week.
July 25: Today your third essay will be available before noon at the Discussion Area and the Discussion Board, and your SLO exam and your ISLO exam will be available at Blackboard. Those two tests are timed, so make sure you have reviewed the multiple choice questions in the American History book before you take them. You must complete your multiple choice exams by Thursday, July 26, at 11:59 p.m. COC time, by which time your final essay is also due as is your review of a web site on CALIFORNIA history and government.
July 26: By today your third essay exam is due via email to email@example.com no later than 11:59 p.m. COC time. By that time you must also have completed your SLO exam and your ISLO exam at Blackboard and have submitted your review of a web site covering California history and government (and make sure this web site review is clearly marked as your CALIFORNIA web site review so it is not confused with a project).
Congratulations - you have completed the course!
REVIEW OF IMPORTANT CLASS DATES
June 19: you should have signed into the Discussion Board or Discussion Area by today
June 29: two projects and two articles are due
July 6: two projects and two articles are due
July 13: two projects and two articles are due as is your first essay test
July 20: two projects and two articles are due as is your second essay test
July 26: two projects and two articles are due as is your third essay test, your review of a web site on California history and government, and your completed SLO and ISLO exams
MORE ON THE ESSAY EXAMS
On the day your essay exams are scheduled to be posted at the Discussion Area and Discussion Board, you will receive at least one of the five questions listed below for each exam. You will send your essay back by email to Dr. Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org (and please cut and paste your essay directly into the email and don't forget to put your full name and class section number in the subject area of your email). Do NOT wait until the essays are posted to start preparing your answers! The expectation is that you will prepare the essays well in advance of their being due, just as you would in a face to face class. So have your essay outlines all prepared, or, better yet, have your finished essays prepared before the selected essay questions are posted! All of the essays that will be given to you are listed below!
When you go to write your essays it is expected that you will do so in full sentences and paragraphs. Spelling, punctuation, organization, and grammar will count when determining your essay grade. So if you have a writing problem, get help from the tutorial lab at COC, check out the "Tips for Writing Essays" at bradleyreynolds.weebly.com, or please wait until you have taken English 101 before attempting this class.
Generally speaking, an essay that answers the question asked but in a broad general way will probably earn a "C". A "B" essay is a very good essay but one that could perhaps use more specifics from the texts and/or more analysis and/or tighter writing and organization. An "A" essay is one that is well written and organized, answers the question in full, and uses specific examples from the texts. You will get a "D" if your essay has inaccurate information, and/or is poorly written and organized, and/or does not fully answer all the parts of the question asked. You will get an "F" if you answer the wrong question or if your response is very short and/or full of inaccurate information. And you will get a "zero" if you fail to take the exam or if you are caught cheating, which would be like you didn't take the exam. (A zero means an F for the test plus one lower class grade!)
Students sometimes wonder how much they should write to get an "A." While you will be graded more on content then on length, generally speaking an "A" exam runs about five or more typed pages and has a lot of details that fully answers all the parts of the question selected. In other words, don't expect to get a very good grade if you write only a few paragraphs, or if you do not answer all the parts of the question you select, or if you answer more than one question at a time. And do not use quotes or any outside sources! Use only the assigned material to write your essays.
As for the grading, an "A" means outstanding, a "B" means very good, a "C" means satisfactory, a "D" means unsatisfactory, and an "F" means you failed to answer the question. To calculate your class grade, assign the following points for each 10 percent of your class grade: four points to an "A", three points to a "B", two points to a "C" and one point to a "D". (So an essay test for which you received a "B" would be worth 3 points if an essay is 10 percent of your class grade.) At the end of the term add your total points and your grade will be as follows: 40-38 points A, 37-35 points A-, 334-32 B+, 31-29 B, 28-26 B-, 25-23 C+, 22-20 C, 19-17 C-,16-14 D+, 13-11 D, 10-8 D-, and below 8 Fail.
EXAM ONE ESSAY QUESTIONS
1. Discuss the different plans to reconstruct the Union after the Civil War and why each worked or failed. Then discuss the attempts to extend civil rights and why the movement and era called Reconstruction came to an end.
2. Discuss the reasons for the rapid settlement of the West from 1865-1895 and the impact of that settlement on the U.S. economy and on the people of the West, especially native Americans.
3. Discuss the causes of the Industrial Revolution from 1865-1895. Be specific in explaining how each point you make affected the economy.
4. Discuss the problems associated with the Industrial Revolution and how the people reacted. Include in your discussion the Populists and the Progressives.
5. Discuss the reasons for America's rise as a world power from 1865-1895 and the events that led to the Spanish War of 1898. Then discuss the course of the war and its impact on United States foreign policy at the turn of the twentieth century.
EXAM TWO ESSAY QUESTIONS
1. Discuss the causes of the First World War, why and how the U.S. got into the war, the general course of the war, and the war's impact on the U.S. at home and on U.S. foreign policy.
2. Discuss the causes of the Second World War, why and how the U.S. got into the war, the general course of the war, and the war's impact on the U.S. at home and on U.S. foreign policy.
3. Discuss the reasons for the economic prosperity of the 1920s and the causes of the Great Depression and why it was so severe.
4. Discuss how Presidents Hoover and Roosevelt reacted to the Great Depression and how their policies still affect America.
5. Discuss the origins of the Cold War, discuss the foreign and domestic problems President Truman faced as a result of the Cold War, and discuss how President Truman dealt with those problems.
EXAM THREE ESSAYS
1. Discuss when, why and how the Cold War began. Then cite at least one factor that perpetuated the Cold War in each decade from the 1950s-1980s and how the item you picked affected America at home. Last, discuss when and why the Cold War ended.
2. Discuss the origins of the Vietnam War and the U.S. involvement, the course of the war over thirty years (1945-1975), and the wars' impact on the United States, both at home and in terms of foreign policy.
3. Write an essay on the civil rights movement since 1953 in which you discuss the major factors that have contributed to its success and its major gains. Be sure to discuss more than one group and to cite examples from each decade of the 1950s through the 1990s.
4. Discuss the reasons for America's economic growth or decline in each decade from the 1950s through the 1990s. Then explain how various presidents have dealt with economic problems and why they succeeded or failed.
5. Write an essay about the impact of television on the history of the United States over the past fifty years in which you describe in detail at least one historical event of national importance from each decade of the 1950s - 1990s that was affected by TV.
MORE ON THE MULTIPLE CHOICE EXAM
The multiple choice questions will come for the most part from the questions at the end of each chapter of the American History text, so if you study the questions in Chapters 1-9 for your first multiple choice test you should not have too many surprises. And if you study the multiples at the end of Chapters 10-17 for test two you should not have too many surprises. And if you study the remaining chapters for your third multiple choice test then you should do well on it too! The multiple choice tests will be available at Blackboard the morning before they are due. Check the Calendar section above for the dates. Note that the multiple choice tests are timed (you will have 60 minutes for each of your three multiple choice exams, and each exam has 100 questions) so be prepared before you go to take each exam, just as you would in a face to face class! Also, just so you are not caught by surprise and then panic, I have been told that on occasion the tests at Blackboard move slowly. However, that's why you have 60 minutes to complete the exam! Most students in my face to face classes finish the 100 question multiple choice test in 45 minutes or less, so extra time has been built into the test in case of problems. Nevertheless, you are also STRONGLY ADVISED to take the multiple choice exams on the day before each is due so that if you have any technical problems they can be resolved before the deadline of when you test must be completed. You will likely NOT be able to resolve any technical problems that occur on the day the exam is due, and you cannot tak the exam past the due date and time. So take note of when the exams will be available and take your exam on the first day if you can. You should also consider using Firefox as your browser instead of Explorer since the COC techies believe that it's more reliable with Blackboard. Whatever, keep in mind that your failure to do an exam will result in zero, which means an F for that test plus one lower class grade, and the multiple choice tests cannot be taken late under any circumstances. So make sure you have a good computer connection and that you have adequately prepared for the test.
CHEATING, COPYING AND PLAGIARISM
Unfortunately, a note needs to be made here about cheating, copying, and plagiarism. If you are caught cheating, or if you copy someone else’s work, or if you plagiarize, you will receive a zero for your test or set of assignments (which means an F plus one lower class grade) and you may be subject to further disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion. So make sure you obey the rules! If you have any questions about any of this make sure you ask Dr. Reynolds.
THE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOME OR SLO TEST AND THE INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOME EXAM OR ISLO EXAM
The two multiple choice exams you will take at the end of the class are the Student Learning Outcome (SLO) test and the Institutional Student Learning Outcome (ISLO) exam. They will be available at Blackboard on the date mentioned above in the Calendar section. Each test has 10 questions and you will have 10 minutes to complete each exam. The questions cover the entire class and some of the questions come from the multiples in your American History text, so review those and that should help. Remember, these tests must be completed by the date and time mentioned Calendar section above and you cannot take them late! Each test is 10 percent of your class grade. Your failure to take the tests will result in a zero for each test which is a F for each exam plus one lower class grade for each exam you miss, so don't forget to take these tests!
One final point. The techies have indicated that students who use Firefox rather than Explorer as their browser when taking the exams at Blackboard are less likely to have their tests crash, so you might want to enter Blackboard using Firefox. If you do not already have Firefox on your computer, you can download it for free at firefox.com.
THE HISTORY NEWS ARTICLES
Besides your exam grades, 10 percent of your class grade will come from the ten history news articles assignment. The purpose of this assignment is to show you that there are articles in the news all the time which relate to the primary content of your class. So look for articles that specifically reference the primary material you are studying. Also note that the articles must come from a current news source (meaning something published within the term dates of your class) like a daily newspaper or news web site or a weekly newspaper or weekly news magazine. (Do NOT use a history magazine or history web site, do not get your articles from a newspaper blog or magazine blog, and do not use "This Day in History" blurbs). When you find what is required, put it in an email with a link to the source (or scan or photo it and send it as an attachment if you are using a hard copy of something). Then write a paragraph about what the article says and another on how it specifically mentions something from the primary content of your class, which is U.S. history since 1865. Make sure you submit your articles by their due dates mentioned in the Calendar section if you plan to complete this assignment, and remember that you can turn articles in early (and you should try to do so at least 72 hours before they are due so you will have time to redo an article if needed)! If you turn in all the articles by their due dates you will receive an "A" for this part of your class grade. Eight articles will earn you a "B," seven a "C" and six a "D". If you turn in less than six articles then you will get an F for this assignment, but that's better than a zero which is what you will get if you turn in nothing. (A zero is an F for the assignment plus one lower class grade!) So turn in something! And make sure you keep a copy of what you submit until you are told by Dr. Reynolds that your article was graded and recorded! Then keep the accepted email until you get your final class grade!
THE HISTORY PROJECTS
Another class assignment is to complete your ten history projects. The purpose of this assignment is to show that there are many ways to learn about the history you are studying. To find some suggestions of the history projects that you can do, in other words, to find some of the history project worksheets, go to bradleyreynolds.weebly.com and click on "Projects." Things you can do include attending a lecture on something related to the primary content of this class, writing a book review on a book related to the primary content of this class, visiting a museum or library to see an exhibit related to the primary content of this class (if you do this make sure you keep the receipt so you can send a copy of it with your review), critiquing a historical cartoon or poster or photograph of something related to the primary content of this class, interviewing someone who knows about information related to the primary content of this class, or even analyzing a song or video game about topics related to the primary content of this class. Whatever you decide to do, remember that you are expected to do ten projects (at least five different ones, meaning you can do any type of project two times), you must follow the directions for each project as stated on each worksheet (although your reviews can be 1 to 3 pages and do not have to be 2 pages as stated on each worksheet), and you may not do more than two of the same projects (so, for example, you cannot do three movie reviews). Also, please make sure that the work you reference for your project is from within the term dates of your class. So, for example, if you do a museum review or a film review or a lecture review, make sure it comes from something you did within the dates of your class term. Once you have completed your project you should cut and paste your work into an email to Dr. Reynolds. If any of this is unclear, be sure to contact Dr. Reynolds via email for a further explanation. If you complete all ten history projects by their due dates, which are mentioned in the Calendar section above, then you will get an "A" for this part of your class grade. Eight completed projects by the proper due dates will earn you a "B," seven projects will earn you a "C," and six projects a "D." If you turn in less than six projects then you will get an F for this assignment, but that's better than a zero which is what you will get if you turn in nothing. (A zero is an F for the assignment plus one lower class grade!) So turn in something! As with the news articles, you can turn in your ten history projects either individually or in total anytime prior to their due dates to receive full credit, but you should try to turn them in sooner than later and preferably at least 72 hours before they are due so if something is rejected or lost you will have time to redo it. And make sure you keep a copy of each project until you know it has been approved by Dr. Reynolds! Then keep the accepted email until you get your final class grade!
THE CALIFORNIA HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT WEB SITE REVIEW
Last, but not least, don't forget to do your review of a web site on California history and government! This can be on any web site that mentions something about the history and government of California after 1865. You can use the web site worksheet under "Projects" at bradleyreynolds.weeby.com as your template if you like, but make sure you clearly label your California web site review as such. This assignment will count as done or not done, and if you do not complete it you will get a zero for this assignment, which means one lower class grade, so make sure you do
this review. And note that this web site assignment is in addition to your projects, so you can still do two web site projects.
IF YOU DECIDE TO DROP THIS CLASS
If you decide to drop this class it is your responsibility to do so before the drop date. If you remain in the class you should plan to complete all the class assignments by their due dates.