Course Description Student Learning Outcomes / Course Objectives

Spring 2015 - Grossmont College
Online: 16-week course
Course week: *Wednesday - Tuesday
Kristin Hargrove – Instructor
Voice: 619.644.7000 x3618
Course Description
Early American History (HIST 108) is a survey of the early political, social and cultural development of the entire
geographic area that is now the United States, with emphasis upon the origins of basic American institutions and
ideals. (* Recommended Preparation: A “C” or “CR” grade or higher in ESL 119 / ENG 110 or equivalent.)
This course meets Track 1 Part A or Track 2 Part B of the American Institutions requirement for CSU.
Satisfies General Education for: Grossmont College D3; CSU D6; IGETC 4F
Transfers to: CSU, UC (credit limited: see 2007-2008 Grossmont College Catalog p. 30)
CAN HIST 8 (HIST 108+109 = CAN HIST sequence B)
Student Learning Outcomes / Course Objectives
The Grossmont College History Department is committed to  helping enable students critically analyze and
synthesize both primary and secondary American historical sources and explain how they support a thesis
statement.  Students will be able to understand and explain the relationships between causes of American
historical events and their effects.  Lastly, Grossmont College history students will be able to identify a relevant
individual involved in an historical event and explain his/her significance in this event.
At the completion of this course, HIST 108 students should be able to:
 Articulate special topics in US history (of your choosing) by employing college-level research,
writing, and presentation skills;
 Differentiate between myth and reality in early American history;
 Compile list of books and non-print resources on relevant historical topics and events in order to research historical
 Use maps and atlases to locate regions, sites, and landforms to better understand the physical content of early
American history;
 Critique articles about the early history of America;
 Analyze economic change, social change, intellectual movements and the importance of science and technology
in America's development;
 Evaluate significant theories of historical development;
 Analyze how various geographical areas and groups, such as ethnic minorities and women,
influenced early American history;
 Analyze the relationships between regions of the U.S. in the context of major events;
 Analyze the origins of our political system throughout the entire area that is now the United States;
 Distinguish major constitutional issues and developments;
 Comprehend how our political system has changed between the colonial period and 1876;
 Evaluate the relationships of state and local governments with the federal government in the
context of major events;
 Examine the rights, obligations, and activisms of citizens under the U.S. Constitution;
 Understand the origins, evolution, and processes of California state and local governments; and
 Critically apply the basic themes of early American history to present history and current events.
Reading (required)
 REQUIRED: Stefoff, Rebecca, and Howard Zinn. A Young People's History of the United States.
New York: Seven Stories Press, 2009. Print. ISBN: 9781583228692
 Lit Readings (available on Bb)
 SUGGESTED: Trimmer, Joseph F. A Guide to MLA Documentation: With an Appendix on
APA Style. 9th ed. Boston: Wadsworth, 2013. Print. ISBN: 9781111837075
Academic Integrity
Cheating and plagiarism (using as one's own ideas writings,
materials, or images of someone else without acknowledgement
or permission) can result in any one of a variety of sanctions.
Such penalties may range from an adjusted grade on the
particular exam, paper, project, or assignment (all of which may
lead to a failing grade in the course) to, under certain conditions, suspension or expulsion
from a class, program or the college. For further clarification and information on these
issues, please consult with your instructor or contact the office of the Associate Dean of Student Affairs.
HIST 108 policy: First offense = F or 0 points for work and a warning.
Second offense = F for course and referral to Department Chair and Office of Student Affairs
Students with disabilities who may need accommodations in this class are encouraged
to notify the instructor and contact Disabled Student Services & Programs (DSP&S)
early in the semester so that reasonable accommodations may be implemented as
soon as possible. Students may contact DSP&S in person in Room 110 or by phone
at (619) 644.7112 or (619) 644.7119 (TTY for Deaf).
Although HIST 108 is an online class, “attendance” is mandatory.
The HIST 108 course week starts on Wednesday (new content
posted) and work is due by the following Tuesday evening by
11:59pm. It is expected that all HIST 108 students will engage
in informed online participation pertinent to the course curriculum
on a weekly basis.
NOTE: Late work, without receiving my approval first, is not
accepted. Please email me to discuss your options if:  you have
a pre-planned event that will considerably disrupt your HIST 108 participation during the term, or  a sudden
emergency/illness arises as these things happen with documentation.
Class Conduct
Successful online scholastic dialogue relies on both informed and selfless collaboration. It is
expected that students will conduct themselves with the utmost professional courtesy, acting
respectfully toward others by exhibiting an appreciation for varying perspectives. By
participating in this class, you agree to exhibit computer netiquette, academic integrity,
collegial courtesy to your classmates, professional respect for your instructor, and take both
initiative and responsibility for your weekly scholastic performance and final grade.
General HIST 108 course questions should be posted on Bb's Q&A/the appropriate Bb forum. See Bb
for specific directions. Please check prior Q&A's/Db forums first before posting so we avoid duplication / clutter.
Personal matters or specific grading issues are the only items that should be privately emailed to me.
Please do not inquire about your grade/points on Bb. Do this privately, per student information privacy laws.
 On Weekdays, I check Q&A and email about 2 times during 9:00am to 8:00 pm, answering Q&A queries
and responding to emails during this time. Please graciously allow a window of 24 hours for a response.
 On weekends, I will check Q&A and email once or twice. I will be sure to let you know if I am out of town
and/or away from away from the computer in advance.
* Please be sure to check Bb & the email account you have registered with Gmont's WebAdvisor often.
Course Activities
So what will you need to accomplish each week in HIST 108 before 11:59pm on Tuesdays?
 Review the Weekly Lesson: Students will observe audio-visual lectures, read the text/lit reading
excerpts, and view video and film clips.
 Complete Discussion Board (Db) prompts: HIST 108 students are required to thoughtfully answer the
weekly prompt on the Db each week in order to earn full participation credit in the course. This is key!
These help prep students for exams.
* Think PRR: You are required to  Post your interpretation of all weekly course materials (all lecture, readings,
and video/film clips) to the main discussion prompt on the Db using "Reply",  Read other students' postings,
and then  critically Respond to at least two other student postings in a substantial way by selecting/clicking a
specific student post and making a "Reply" that extends/questions/counters the week’s discussion (do this twice).
Discussion board grading rubric:
∙ smoothly integrates all weekly course sources (required = lecture, all readings, video/films)
∙ effectively answers all prompt components through a well-thought out discourse
∙ properly cites all materials as indicated; free of punctuation, grammatical, and spelling errors
4 points ∙ offers quality responses to two classmates, clearly demonstrating thorough critical analysis of
their posts
∙ overall, this polished, intellectual post contributes to, expands, and enhances our ongoing
course dialogue
∙ basic assimilation of most weekly course sources (missing lecture, some reading(s), or video/film(s))
∙ no direct answer to the prompt, only addresses part of the prompt, is too vague, and/or inaccurate
3.5 ∙ does not properly/consistently cite all material and/or has punctuation, grammatical or spelling errors
∙ offers decent start with responses to a classmate's post, but needs to be more thorough, consistent
between responses, and/or be made to two students (not just one)
∙ overall, the post sort-of expands the discussion, but lacks polish and depth in original analysis of
∙ minimal/no mastery of weekly course sources (little or no mention of lecture, reading(s), and/or
∙ does not answer the prompt; discussion only partially addresses question(s), is very general or too
brief, and/or could possibly be recycled by merely reading other people’s work with much inaccurate
& below ∙ does not bring in or properly cite any/all course materials and/or many grammatical errors exist
∙ response(s) to classmate posts are too short, too general, or no responses were made at all
∙ overall, student has not really taken the time to critically think about weekly material and/or address
the question(s) being asked in a manner consistent with course expectations
0 points This post was posted late and/or was never made, or is plagiarized
Course exams and an end-of-term research paper and “virtual presentation” will also cumulatively
synthesize and assess unit/class learnings during the term. See Evaluation and Grading for more detail.
Course Technology
Avoid losing work through server time-outs, computer freezes, Bb glitches, etc.!
Type your work-in-progress using a word processing software, then copy+paste your completed PRRs into Bb.
Gmont - Bb Help Contact Info:
Telephone: (619) 644-7383 for basic help, M-F 8:00am-5pm.
link to Tech Mall
Please leave a message if you get VM.
* Tech help will usually respond within 24 hours. No weekend hours.
Tip: If you encounter an error on Bb, the rule of thumb is to try again, try again a little later, try again on a
different internet browser, and/or try again on a different computer. Review Instructor Hargrove's Course
Info web page and check Q&A on Bb for previously asked Bb tech questions. If you still need help, please
then post your tech query to Q&A. Always back up your work and take screenshots as a “receipt.”
A premium will be placed on daily participation (attendance, informed
contributions to class discussions and activities, and current events).
Written assignments will further augment learning.
Two (2) ID/essay exams will be given throughout the course.
One (1) college-level research paper will be assigned during the
term. Students will be expected to properly utilize and cite a variety of sources using MLA format to fashion a tightly
written and well-argued paper. Students will also be expected to share their findings with the class in a Presentation.
Extra credit opportunities exist to reward students who either take extra initiative and/or exceed expectations
by exhibiting exemplary academic performance in addition to meeting standing course requirements.
* Keep track of your HIST 108 progress by checking Bb "Grades" and/or logging graded work in the "Grade Grid".
“100 points = 100%”
Grading will be on a 100-point system. Students start at
0 points and earn a course max 100 points.
Point designation is stated below and in Grades on Bb.
10 @ 4 pt. = 40 pts.
2 @ 15 pts = 30 pts.
Paper / Presentation
20 / 10 pts.
100 pts.
Your final grade will generally be
determined by converting your total
points to this standard straight scale:
(no +/–)
90 – 100
80 – 89
70 – 79
60 – 69
59 and below
Late work is not accepted. Please be professional by meeting our course deadlines, which
are all stated on this Syllabus. Extensions are granted only when students have contacted
and received approval from me in advance, or in the case of emergencies, with
documentation. Rule of thumb: please contact me via email at
ASAP if something comes up. When in doubt, please check in.
NOTE: coursework turned in on-time gets grading precedent over make-up work.
Please expect a grading delay for any make-up work.
Students are referred to enroll in the following supervised tutoring courses if the service
indicated will assist them in achieving or reinforcing the learning objectives of this course:
· IDS 198, Supervised Tutoring to receive tutoring in general computer applications in the
Tech Mall;
· English 198W, Supervised Tutoring for assistance in the English Writing Center
(Room 70-119); and/or
· IDS 198T, Supervised Tutoring to receive one-on-one tutoring in academic subjects in the Tutoring Center
(Room 70-229, 644-7387).
To add any of these courses, students may obtain Add Codes at the Information and Registration Desk
in the Tech Mall. All supervised tutoring courses are non-credit/no-fee.
Weekly Schedule
Week 1
Week 2
W 1/28
- T 2/3
* UNIT 1: W 1/28 – T 3/24 *
▪ Observe: Orientation Activities Tour
▪ Read:
o HIST 108 Syllabus
o Course Info web page
▪ Complete: Orientation Activities (required)
o Intro post
o HIST 108 online contract
o Progress Check
o LUCI tutorial
o Grades Screenshot
▪ Observe: Historiography Lecture
▪ Read:
o Zinn text: Intro
o Historiography excerpts (see Bb):
 Zinn – Afterword from A People's History of the United
 Loewen – Lies My Teacher Told Me
 Cobbs Hoffman – Major Problems in American History
 Colombo – Rereading America
W 2/4
- T 2/10
▪ View: Bio of Am – partial “New World Encounters”
(ep. 1) [p.1]
 ▪ Complete: Week 2 discussion prompt
* F 2/6: can drop HIST 108 without a 'W' on transcript
Week 3
Week 4
W 2/11
- T 2/17
W 2/18
- T 2/24
▪ Observe: Lecture 1 – “From Old World to New World”
▪ Read:
o Zinn text: Chapter 1
o Lit Reading:
 excerpts: Christopher Columbus diary
▪ View:
o Bio of Am – partial “New World Encounters”
(ep. 1) [p.2, partial 3]
o 1492 clip
▪ Complete: Week 3 discussion prompt
▪ Observe: Lecture 2 – “Drawing the Color Line”
▪ Read:
o Zinn text: Chapter 2
o Lit Reading:
 excerpts: John Smith
▪ View:
o Bio of Am – partial “Growth & Empire” (ep. 3) [p.1, 3]
o Amistad clip
▪ Complete: Week 4 discussion prompt
* F 2/27: last day to sign-up for C / NC; P / F
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
▪ Observe: Lecture 3 – “Haves and Have-Nots”
▪ Read:
o Zinn text: Chapter 3
o Lit Reading:
W 2/25
 excerpts: Mary Rowlandson
▪ View:
o Bio of Am – “English Settlement” (ep. 2) [p. 1-partial 4]
“Growth & Empire” (ep. 3) [p.2]
o The Last of the Mohicans clip
▪ Complete: Week 5 discussion prompt
▪ Observe: Lecture 4 – “Why Independence?”
▪ Read:
o Zinn text: Chapter 4 and start of 5 (p. 71-83)
o Lit Reading:
- T 3/3
W 3/4
 excerpts: Benjamin Franklin
▪ View:
o Bio of Am – “The Coming of Independence” (ep. 4) [all]
o 1776 clip
o The Patriot clip
▪ Complete: Week 6 discussion prompt
Study Week
 Self Assessment (required)
 Instructor Conferences (recommended)
- T 3/10
W 3/11
- T 3/17
W 3/18
EXAM 1 Week
* See Bb during W8 for essay exam instructions
- T 3/24
HIST 108 SPRING RECESS: no class log-in
* NOTE: our break differs slightly from Gmont's break
W 3/25 - T 3/31
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12
W 4/1
- T 4/7
W 4/8
- T 4/14
W 4/15
- T 4/21
UNIT 2: W 4/1 - T 5/12 *
* Paper Assigned
▪ Observe: Lecture 5 – “Forming the U.S.”
▪ Read:
o Zinn text: rest of Chapter 5 (p. 84-88)
o Lit Reading:
 excerpts: J. Hector St. John de Crèvecœur
▪ View:
o Bio of Am – “A New System of Government” (ep. 5)
o AV medley
▪ Complete: Week 10 discussion prompt
▪ Observe: Lecture 7 – “Expansion & Removal”
▪ Read:
o Zinn text: Chapter 10
o Lit Reading:
 excerpts: Henry David Thoreau
▪ View:
o Bio of Am – “Westward Expansion” (ep. 6) [p. 1, 2]
“The West” (ep. 16) [p. 1, partial 2,
partial 3, 5]
o Dances with Wolves clip
▪ Complete: Week 11 discussion prompt
▪ Observe: Lecture 10 – “Dueling Economies”
▪ Read:
o Zinn text: Chapter 6 * AND * Chapter 7
o Lit Reading:
 excerpts: Helen Hunt Jackson
▪ View:
o Bio of Am – "The Industrial Revolution" (ep. 7) [p. 1-3]
“Slavery” (ep. 9) [all]
o Far and Away clip
▪ Complete: Week 12 discussion prompt
Week 13
W 4/22
- T 4/28
▪ Observe: Lecture 6 – “Reform and the West”
▪ Read:
o Zinn text: Chapter 8
o Lit Reading: none this week
▪ View:
o Bio of Am – “The Reform Impulse" (ep. 8) [p. 1-4]
“The Coming of the Civil War” (ep. 10) [p. 1-3]
o Little Women clip
o The Alamo clip
▪ Complete: Week 13 discussion prompt
* F 4/24: Last day to drop course – will receive “W" on transcript.
Students who continue course after F 4/24will receive a letter grade on their transcript.
▪ Observe: Lecture 9 – “Settling the Slavery Question"
▪ Read:
o Zinn text: Chapter 9
o Lit Reading:
Week 14
Week 15
W 4/29
- T 5/5
W 5/6
- T 5/12
 excerpts: Frederick Douglass
▪ View:
o Bio of Am – “The Civil War” (ep. 11) [all]
“Reconstruction” (ep. 12) [all]
o Cold Mountain clip
o Glory clip
▪ Complete: Week 14 discussion prompt
EXAM 2 Week
* See Bb during W15 for essay exam instructions
Week 16
W 5/13
- T 5/19
W 5/20
- T 5/26
Writing Center Visits
Peer Review
* R 6/4: Final grades submitted to school
The governing body for the California Community Colleges is adopting new regulations regarding the number of times a student can enroll in the same
credit course. The maximum number of times a student may enroll in the same credit course is three times.
 A student, through a combination of substandard grades (D or F) and withdrawals on their student record, may only take
a class three times.
 If a student, through a combination of substandard grades (D or F) and withdrawals, wishes to take a class for the fourth time, they must submit a
petition to the Admissions and Records Office. Petitions will only be approved based on extenuating circumstances.
Military Withdrawals do not count in terms of repetition restrictions, nor do withdrawals that occur due to fire, flood (Title 5 Sections
55024 and 58509)
This rule does not contain a grandfather clause. If a student has already reached the maximum allotted number of course
repetitions, the district will not be able to claim apportionment for that course.
* Last day to drop course without receiving a “W”: F 2/6
* Last day to apply for P/NP (C/NC): F 2/27
* Last day to drop course – will receive “W”: F 4/24
- students who discontinue course after F 4/24
will receive a letter grade
- Final grades submitted to school: R 6/4