There are three to four discussion questions each week. You are expected to participate in each weekly discussion and answer all posed questions in your response. You must also reply to a classmate’s posting in each discussion to receive full credit. Participation in discussions will improve performance on exams and will be considered holistically by the instructor. All discussion postings and response postings are due by Sunday at 11:59PM Central Time, expect during Week 8 when postings and responses are due by Saturday at 11:59PM Central Time.
Media Questions (Discussions)
Each week you will complete one Media Question within the Discussions area of the course. In order to answer these questions appropriately, you should use your favorite search engine such as Google, Yahoo, etc. and research the topics and questions for the week. Do not use Wikipedia as a source for these questions. Media Questions will be graded using the same grading criteria as other discussion questions for the week.
The book review is a critical analysis of historical study. You are required to submit a review of the Nathan Miller text. You are cautioned to make the review your own work. The instructor will use the course integrated Turnitin to check for original work. A grading rubric for the review is in the Content area. Additional information on what constitutes a book review is located in the Content area. Your Rampolla textbook also offers guidance on pages 36-37. Prior to submitting your book review, you will be required to take the Plagiarism tutorial and quiz, please see Content area for more on the tutorial. Papers submitted to prior courses, including this course will not be accepted.
You are required to write one, 8-10 page paper on a topic of your choice relevant to the timeframe of the course. The topic must be submitted and approved by me before you complete the paper. Topic suggestions should be submitted to the appropriate discussion thread and feedback will be left indicating approval or denial. Remember, I don’t accept duplicate topics, so submit early! Topics are due by Sunday of Week 2. This assignment requires you to first to critically analyze primary resources and then to research related secondary sources as you develop the paper. It provides you with the opportunity to develop research and writing skills as well as synthesize knowledge about an important subject. Moreover, scholars of history not only discuss matters of fact but also tell their stories with skill. The writing style presented in the Rampolla text is the format required for your research paper. In order to earn full credit, you must:
• Identify at least six examples of primary sources (letters, diaries, publications, etc.) related to the issue. NOTE: Wikipedia is NOT an acceptable primary or secondary source
• Consider an issue relevant to the course timeline
• Construct a thesis statement and outline of the paper, submitted by deadline.
• Consult a number of additional secondary sources that help develop the thesis.
• Incorporate an introduction, body, and conclusion
• Organize paragraphs with approximately eight sentences developing a single topic.
• 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 8-10 pages of fully typed original narrative, using one inch margins, double spaced, 12 point font, approximately 250 words per page
• Use the Chicago Manual of Style (sometimes known as Turabian) consistently and correctly. As stated earlier, one of your class texts is Rampolla’s A Pocket Guide to Writing in History, which you should consult extensively
• Include a separate bibliography
Papers must be submitted using the Dropbox. The paper will also be submitted through the course integrated Turnitin to determine originality. A grading rubric for this assignment is located in the Content area. Papers submitted in part or whole for prior assignments in any course will not be accepted, and will receive zero credit.
Final Exam (Proctored)
The Final Exam will consist of several identification and essay questions taken from the material covered in course, including readings, discussions and media searches. You must submit your proctor’s information to me via the Proctor Information dropbox by Sunday of Week 2.