|The History of the
United States to 1877
Instructor: Dr. Krister Swanson - firstname.lastname@example.org
M: 7:00-9:50, Room HSS - 205
The Course Textbook is The American Promise, A Compact History (3rd Edition), Volume I by Roark, Johnson, Cohen et al
Click here for the official book website
Key Course Assignments:
Final Exam (60 points, or 20%): A traditional in class exam scheduled for December 14th. Please make sure you bring a 50 question scantron form and a bluebook (both available in the Moorpark College bookstore) with you.
I expect that you will take both exams on the scheduled date and time, without exception.
Short Research Paper (60 points, or 20%): This 5-7 page paper based entirely on primary source documents related to a particular topic. We will discuss the specific requirements of this paper in class on August 31st. Then you need to begin developing a paper proposal that outlines your proposed topic and the documents you plan to use, this proposal is due September 21st. Click Here for guidelines for writing the research paper.
PowerPoint Presentation (30 points, or 10%): This is intended to be a fun and informative activity for you and the whole class. Your small group (3-4 students) will pick a topic of interest and historical value that took place between 1700-1877. Then develop a PowerPoint presentation, complete with well-organized text and helpful images, for presentation to the class. The goal is an interesting and informative 10-12 minute presentation that strengthens our understanding of your topic. Your topic is due on September 14th; please feel free to start discussing possible topics with me as soon as possible. Please note that your PPT must be on a different topic than your paper.
Attendance and Class Participation (90 points, or 30%): This category is fairly self-explanatory. It includes class attendance, regular participation in class discussions and debates, and select in-class assignments. I will break this grade down into three 30-point assignments. Attendance is absolutely critical to your success in this class, please note that you will lose 10 points for each missed class session.
Class Schedule can be
found on the syllabus