United States History 1865 to Present Number of Credits: 3
Transferability of Course within Nevada: Transfers to all NSHE institutions
Prerequisites: No course prerequisites but it is recommended that students taking this course are eligible to enroll in English 101, are currently enrolled, or have completed English 101.
Instructor: Autum Resney
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American Horizons: US History in a Global Context, Vol. II Since 1865, Schaller, Schulzinger, Bezís-Selfa et al., Oxford University Press, 2014.
Reading American Horizons: Primary Sources for US History in a Global Context Vol. II, Schaller, Schulzinger, Bezís-Selfa et al., Oxford University Press, 2014.
Course Details I. Course Description
Columbus' First Voyage in1492 through the American Civil War and Reconstruction
The purpose of this course is provide a foundation of knowledge that allows students to further their study of American History and/or apply this knowledge to meet their personal and professional needs. The information in the parenthesis after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have demonstrated they can:
Exhibit factual command of American History, including economic and military issues of the time period (GE 1).
Examine historical and cultural changes through the location and evaluation of information including primary and secondary sources (GE 4).
Describe diverse historical and/or contemporary positions on selected democratic values or practices (GE 5).
Demonstrate analytical and critical thinking in fluid prose suitable in style and content to the purpose of the document (GE 2, 9).
Draw a conclusion about a contemporary or enduring issue in American History and support the conclusion with appropriate reasoning and evidence (GE 10).
Attendance is recommended. Assignments are due at the start of nearly every class. Late classwork will not be accepted, except under unusual circumstances. If something prevents you from attending class, contact me prior to the event to make alternative arrangements.
Assessments Assessment Overview: Course evaluations will be based upon a mid-term and a final exam, three internet research projects, five article reviews, one book review, five position papers, five biographical summaries, five pro & cons, 2 movie fact check assignments and two documentary note takers. (Lots of short one page assignments to hone your research and writing skills. You will also be required to give in class presentations of just one minute in length, nothing too painful).
No late work will be accepted, all work must be turned in at the start of class. A hard copy is due at the start of class, work sent to Turnitin should be submitted earlier. UNPROOFREAD WORK WILL BE REFUSED, if your paper contains grammatical or spelling errors that are excessive, I will not accept it. Please use Word to check for errors and read your paper OUT LOUD. (You get three re-writes for the semester).
Both exams are essay and short answer in format, they are pre-scheduled and no makeup exams will be allowed except in the case of verifiable medical emergency.
Midterm Exam 300 points
Final Exam 300 points
27 short assignments @ 50 1350 points
One Book Review 100
Total: 2050 points Grade Scale
+_ Grades will be assigned based on in class presentations/discussions
Midterm Grades: Students passing with a 70% or above will receive a “C” midterm grade. Students who are below 70% will receive an “F” midterm grade. These are designed to indicate progress.
Withdrawals are the sole responsibility of the student. The last day for a student to withdraw from the class is Friday of Week 9.
Bibliography Format is APA: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/
Short Papers (50 points each)
All short papers are due in the next class session-- . A printed copy must be handed in during the class, an email copy in lieu of a hardcopy (sent prior to class) will be accepted just once during the semester. Papers should be one to three pages in length. You need to have at least 3 sources for each paper, and annotated bibliographies are required for most assignments. Annotated means that you literally note what information came from the article or book.
Pro & Cons, Position Papers, Article Reviews, Biographical Summaries, and Internet Research Projects will be covered in class:Each is one to three pages in length, each requires an annotated bibliography with academic sources. I recommend starting with the American Heritage site, you will find an abundance of excellent articles. I am a huge fan of Wikipedia, it is an excellent starting place to get your sea legs, but it is not an academic source. Google's scholarly journals is the other resource you will visit frequently. WNC has an online library link that will take you to Academic sources and the EBSCO database. If you go to google and search for "library database WNC" it will take you right to the page for everything-- it is titled WNC Library & Media Services Home. I will assign all topics.
Examples of each type of writing project will be provided in class. If you completely flop on a given writing assignment, don't worry, I do permit rewrites. You get three rewrites each semester, you can choose when to exercise that privilege. A rewrite is a complete do-over, the original grade is completely replaced. The purpose of this class is to teach you to write well and effectively. I understand that this process may require more than one attempt. Rewrites are due at the beginning of the next class session.
Movie Review: You need to select one of the following movies for this assignment. What I'd like you to do is run a fact check. Write down 20 facts from the movie and fact check them. Note what is true or false, exaggerated or minimized, please cite your sources. Since each fact must be cited, this bibliography does not need to be annotated.
Far and Away, Gettysburg, Gods & Generals, Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor, Glory, Young Mr. Lincoln, Lincoln (Spielberg's), The Alamo, 1776, Geronimo, I Will Fight No More Forever, The Last of His Tribe: Ishi, Amistad, The Patriot, John Adams (First half or second half)
Documentary Note Taking Assignment:Your job is simply to take notes. I prefer the Cornell layout with a subject heading on the margin and details indented beneath. But as long as your notes are thorough-- I'm flexible. Beneath are the titles I recommend. If you have something you'd like me to consider-- discuss it with me after class.
Documentaries: American Experience: The Duel, Lafayette, Reconstruction, The Abolotionists and We Shall Remain. The Conquistadors with Michael Wood (Incas or Aztecs), Indians of North America (2 or more from these titles: Modocs, Seminoles, Sioux, Apaches, Cherokee, Iroquois or Nez Perce), The War of 1812-PBS, Andrew Jackson: Good and Evil and the Presidency, Lewis & Clark- PBS, The Story of Us (1&2 or 3&4)
Book Review-- for those who like to work ahead. You may choose any book covering a historical topic from 1492 to 1877 by one of these authors: Michael Beschloss, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Thomas Fleming, Joseph Ellis, David McCullough, Joann Freeman, Ron Chernow and Richard Brookhiser.
Specific Titles: Patriots by AJ Langguth, (560 pages, felt like 200 pages)
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown (487 small pages)
Ishi by Theodora Kroeber (208 pages)
Autobiographies: Frederick Douglass, Ben Franklin, Joseph Plumb Martin
IMPORTANT: A book review should not be stiff. Think about what you'd say if you were giving the book to a friend. Then think about this analytically, what is the author's purpose and thesis? Give me some pros and cons, what did you like, what did the author do well? Then the other side, are there any misses, anything the author could have done better? Please proofread your work out loud. Make sure your writing flows, that your word choice is effective and to the point. 2 pages max.
Canvas Learning Management System. ALL written work is to be submitted to Turnitin via the Canvas Learning Management System. All students are required to create a login to Canvas if not already established. You will have received an invitation to join the course prior to the start of the semester.
Ask the Class Forum on Canvas:This is a semester long opportunity to pose specific questions, or raise issues concerning access to external links or material. This provides an opportunity for peer-to-peer problem solving.
Schedule of Readings and Assignments Week I: August 31-September 2 2015
Columbus, Elizabeth & Phillip, Reformation Review
North American Indians
Read Chapter 1
Primary Source Readings will be assigned in class
Week II: September 7-9 2015