Besides the Introduction Discussion, there are Weekly discussion posts, separated into three discussion topics based on the type of discussion. The discussion categories are:
- Essential Questions
- Online Research
Participation in all weekly discussions will improve your performance in the exams and improve your overall understanding of the concepts covered in this course. Exam questions will be based on the topics discussed in the Essential Questions and Roundtable Discussions, as well as the topics identified in the Online Research Discussions.
Chicago Style should be used for all writing assignments and you should provide citations as necessary. There is no maximum word limit for discussion posts or response comments.
You are expected to post your initial answers, read all of the instructor’s and classmates’ posts each week, and interact with at least one other student in each discussion thread. You are expected to contribute to the weekly discussion with original observations and responses. Simply agreeing with or rephrasing the statements of other students is not acceptable. You have until Friday, 11:59 pm CT to post initial answers to each topic and until Sunday, 11:59 p.m. CT to post response comments except in Week 8 when the due date for response comments is Saturday, 11:59 pm CT.
Note: There is a non-graded Introduction Discussion to be completed by Wednesday, 11:59 pm CT of Week 1.
It is strongly advised that you read the weekly materials and make your Initial Discussion Posts early each week. This will help facilitate discussion and help you avoid making poor posts at the last minute. The key to discussions is quality, not quantity: “last-day/last-minute” postings do not receive maximum points.
A suggested schedule for initial answers is:
- Online Research: Tuesday, 11:59 pm CT.
- Essential Questions: Wednesday, 11:59 pm CT.
- Roundtable: Thursday, 11:59 pm CT.
Discussion Categories Explained
You will answer each of the given questions using materials from the reading assignments and the Online Research topics. You may also include information from other sources but the course textbooks should be the primary source of your answers and you should identify any outside sources used. Support your arguments with information from these sources and analyze and comment on the answers from at least one of your classmates. Answers must be your original work and stated in your own words. Responses cut and pasted from the textbook or other sources are not acceptable.
Using a search engine of your choice, search the web for information on two of the given topics. Wikipedia and other encyclopedic sources are NOT acceptable academic sources. Describe the information on each topic that you have found on each site, identify the sponsor of the site, analyze its credibility (based on the guidelines in Rampolla), and discuss how the information on the site contributed to your understanding of each topic. You may choose any two topics you wish but try to avoid examining a topic from a site previously submitted by anyone else in the class.
The objective of this discussion is to identify as many credible research sources on each topic as possible. It is extremely important that you read the information posted by your classmates on all the topics in order to gain a fuller understanding of the significance of these topics. Comment on at least one site found by one of your classmates.
You will discuss one or more topics covering broader aspects of events, key leaders, actions, and decisions based on the reading assignments, online research. Answer each of the given questions using materials from the reading assignments and the Online Research topics. You may also include information from other sources but the course textbooks should be the primary source of your answers and you should identify any outside sources used. Answers must be your original work and stated in your own words. Responses cut and pasted from the textbook or other sources are not acceptable.
The Writing Quiz is intended for you to demonstrate your familiarity with the various aspects of writing a research paper as well as the Chicago Style of source documentation. The quiz will require you to define plagiarism, describe a thesis statement, explain the difference between a primary and a secondary source, and submit examples of footnotes and corresponding bibliographic entries in the Chicago style. It is an open book quiz with 20 questions and no time limit. You may use the Rampolla text.
The Writing Quiz is to be completed by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT of Week 1.
You are required to write one Scholarship Paper in the course. The paper requires you to critically analyze primary resources and to research related secondary sources. The intent of this paper is to provide the opportunity to develop research and writing skills as well as synthesize knowledge about an important subject, discuss matters of fact and tell their stories with skill. Papers or other work previously submitted in other courses will not be accepted. You may choose any topic related to World War II and investigate it in detail.
To earn the maximum points, you must:
- Consider an issue relevant to the course.
- Construct a thesis statement.
- Identify at least six examples of primary sources (letters, diaries, publications, etc.) related to the issue to support your thesis.
- Consult additional secondary sources that help develop the thesis.
- Incorporate an introduction, body, and conclusion.
- Elaborate major points with a degree of specificity.
- Clarify premises using coherent diction.
- Avoid spelling errors, improper grammar, flawed punctuation, and awkward language.
- Include at least 10 pages but no more than 15 pages of fully typed text, using one-inch margins, double-spaced, 12 point font, approximately 250 words per page.
- Include a cover page and a bibliography. (These do not count towards the requirement for 10 pages of typewritten work.)
- Use the Chicago Style documentation style guide correctly. (One of the class texts is Rampolla’s A Pocket Guide to Writing in History, which you should consult extensively.)
- Use the Chicago Style numerical footnote/bibliography model described in Rampolla, not the abbreviated, parenthetical model with citations embedded in the text.
The course schedule for this paper is:
- Topics must be submitted for approval to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT of Week 2.
- Submit your paper to the appropriate Dropbox folder by Sunday, 11:59 pm CT of Week 7.
- Post a one page summary of your paper to Discussion 23 in the discussion area of Week 8 by Thursday, 11:59 pm CT and comment on the work of at least one other student.
There are two exams in the course, a Midterm and a Final. The Midterm and Final exams are proctored, and can be found in the Quizzes area of the course. Proctor information should be submitted to the Dropbox by the end of Week 2.
There are two (2) sections in each exam. The first section consists of 50 multiple choice questions covering major people, places, and events of the war. The multiple choice questions are auto-graded. The second section consists of essay questions requiring analysis and discussion of major aspects of the conflict. You must answer 4 out of 5 essays. The essay questions are graded by the instructor. Please remember that after submitting your exam, the grade you see is only based on the multiple-choice section, not the entire exam. Your score will be updated once the essays have been graded.
The Midterm Exam covers the materials in Weeks 1-4. The exam opens on Tuesday at 12:01 am CT, and is due on Sunday by 11:59 pm CT of Week 4. The Final Exam covers the materials in Weeks 5-8. The exam opens on Tuesday at 12:01 am CT, and is due on Saturday by 11:59 pm CT of week 8. You will have two (2) hours to complete each exam, and are allowed one (1) attempt only. No textbooks or class notes are allowed while taking the exams.