Grades and Assignments

Grading Standards:

I follow the College of Wooster guidelines for grading.  “A” grades reflect excellent work, “B” grades very good work, “C” grades adequate work, and “D” minimal work.  Grades of “F” are reserved for work that is unsatisfactory in its content, relationship to the assignment, and/or degree of effort.  Plagiarism will always result in a failing grade.

Professionalism  (15%):

Participation – Your active participation in class activities and discussion even those online are crucial to the success of the course.  You are expected to come to class or participate in email discussions prepared and engaged. This includes referring to specific data, passages, and facts from our readings so that you can support your ideas with specific examples. This means reading, annotating, and rereading our articles and book chapters. You will be graded on the quality of your contributions to our class discussions.  You cannot earn an excellent grade (A) in this class if you do not regularly contribute to our discussions. Simply logging on and posting a few sentences  will result in a participation grade of “C” or “Satisfactory.”

Assignments – Professionalism also means doing your best work and turning it in when it’s due.

Behavior – Professionalism also means logging in and treating everyone with respect.

response Discussions (30%)

To insure that students have the opportunity to demonstrate that they have processed the assigned readings, each week there will be either an in-class quiz, a paragraph summary assignment, or a short response paper. The short quiz is just that, ten or so multiple-choice questions about the readings.  The (250-word) response paper will address a prompt and employ document analysis and accurate contextualization. You will receive two handouts on constructing a response paper.

paragraph summaries (20%)

Paragraph summaries will offer a one-sentence summary of each paragraph of the assigned readings.

Summary of Journal Articles  (20%)

Each student will summarize two of the four journal articles assigned in this course. Everyone will be responsible for reading the articles. These 1000-word summaries will place the article in historiographic context, outline the basic argument, summarize the narrative, and offer a critical perspective of the article. Students will be assigned one article from the first half of the course and a second from the second half. You will receive a hand-out describing one potential structure for this assignment.

Midterm (15%)

Traditional in-class midterm examination.