PERSPECTIVES ON HISTORY
SPRING, 2003

Dr. Allen Woll (Robeson 298/Telephone Ext. 6671/ or awoll@camden)



ASSIGNED BOOKS:
 
1. Davidson & Lytle, After the Fact
2. Jules Benjamin, A Student's Guide to History
3. Daniel Richter, Facing East From Indian Country

Additional hand-outs to be supplied
 
 

ASSIGNMENTS Part I


January 21/23 (21)Introduction
(23)  Go here, and do the student lesson

Do items 1-5 at the bottom of the page--You do not have to do the "Mindwalk" Activity unless you wish to.  After completing the exercise, go to section 4d (on slavery), and search for the actual document [Excerpt from "My Ups and Downs," an interview with Kert Shorrow" (1939)].  How would you describe this document?

January 28/30 (28)  After the Fact, Ch. 1, 2 

(30)  After the Fact, Ch. 7

February 4/6 (4)  Library Sessions I
Begin reading Benjamin, A Student's Guide to History  (entire)

Your research paper assignment for the course
Proposal due on February 18

(6) Library Sessions II

February 11/13 (11)  After the Fact, 3, 4
(13)  After the Fact, 5
February 18/20 (18)  Proposal due on February 20.
 

(20) After the Fact, 3,4
Prepare bibliography (see assignment) for submission on February 27.

February 25/27  (25)  After the Fact, 5, 6, 8

(27)  Submit bibliography

March 4/6  (4)  Constructing the paper

(6)  TEST covering the first six weeks of the course.

Bibliographies will be returned at individual appointments with students.  Start reading Facing East from Indian Country.Your paper on Facing East is due on March 25(see below).For the assignment, click here.

March 11/13 Individual appointments with students -- Outlines due--submit to my office or by e-mail on March 13 (Thursday)
SPRING VACATION Continue to work on your papers
March 25/27 (27)  Discussion of Facing East, and preparation for next week's web assignment
April 1/3 History on the Web:  Thoughts and Considerations 
See:   The Chicago Fire
and Martha Ballard's Diary Online

Read:  Can You Do Serious History on the Web?
 

April 8/10 If you would like me to evaluate a first draft of your work, hand it in on the morning of the 8th.  I will provide general suggestions which you can incorporate in your final version due on April 29.

Final assignments to depend on class size.
 
 
April 15/17 Work on your papers.  Individual appointments as needed.
April 22/24
April 29/May 1
Papers are due in class on April 29 at 8:00 am.  Penalties will be given for late papers [see below]

GRADES

1. One short paper and one presentation grade (April 1/3)  100 points  (50 points each)

2. Test  100 points  (March 6)

3. Class Participation (Quality)  100 Points

4. Final  Paper (April 29)   200 Points

Includes in total:

a.  Proposal (2/20)  (20)

b.  Bibliography (2/27) (20)

c.  Outline  (3/13) (20)

d.  Footnote Format on Final Paper (20)

Each item (a-d) must be successfully completed to receive a grade on the paper (and, consequently, a grade in the course).  If an item is not completed successfully, a 'R' grade (rewrite) will be given until the task is completed.
 

5. Attendance and Preparation*  50 Points
 

*  For every three absences   -10
*  For every three late arrivals   - 5
*  Lack of preparation for class discussion  - 5
*  Work handed in late    -10   (for each 24 hours)
 
 

PERSPECTIVES ON HISTORY
THE WORKING BIBLIOGRAPHY
 

A working bibliography is due in class on February 27.  This is designed to allow me to make suggestions on the progress of your work.

The working bibliography should be divided into four parts:

I.    Books that explore the context of the issue you are discussing.  (at least 10)

II.   Journal articles that consider the topic you are discussing.  (10)

III.  Primary sources you will consult in the researching of your paper.  (10)

[List the primary sources from the web sites assigned and any additional primary sources.]

IV.  Relevant Web sites (5)

[There is no need to list the two sites included in the paper assignment itself.]
 

Do not panic because of the numbers above!   This exercise is designed to help you begin your research.  You may not necessarily read --or even use--all the works cited.  Yet, consulting them will help you begin your research process.

For information on proper bibliographic form, consult Benjamin, A Student's Guide to History