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THE BASICS
PREPARATION
Please arrive promptly and prepared every day. Your homework should be completed before you arrive. Please take the time to review the History Department's Policies, as you will be expected to be familiar with these rules. You will be handed a copy of these in class as well.
DAILY NECESSITIES
Writing utensils, paper for note taking, a binder to store notes etcs, and the previous evening's reading(s).
REQUIRED TEXTS
Norton, Katzman, et. al., A People and a Nation, Brief Seventh Ed. Available for sale at the bookstore.
Unger & Tomes, American Issues: A Primary Source Reader in United States History, Fifth Ed., Vol. I & Vol. II Available for sale at the bookstore.
Front, ed., Retrieving the American Past (brown cover) Will be handed out in class and charged to your storecard.
ASSIGNMENTS
READING
Carefully read and think about each assignment. For the purposes of discussion, it is essential that you are prepared to discuss each day's assignments when you arrive. Taking reading notes or quickly reviewing the readings before class is his highly recommended.
READINGS QUIZZES
You will be quizzed periodically on the readings, typically once a week. As an incentive to take reading notes, you will be allowed to use your notes on pop [not announced] quizzes (note: they must be on a separate piece of paper, handwritten or typed, and they must be yours).
TESTS
Test dates will be posted on the on the online syllabus. Tests will cover topics from readings and class discussions. You should NEVER discuss tests with other students who yet to take the test. THAT IS CHEATING. If a test for this class is the third test you have assigned on any given day, let me know as soon as the test date is posted, and we can reschedule your test.
PAPERS
You will write a number of papers this year. Essays are due when class begins. DO NOT EVER discuss essay topics with any of my other students (past or present). You will be penalized severely if caught doing so, as this is cheating. If you are struggling with an assignment, make an appointment to meet with me (the sooner the better). It is always better to turn a paper in late than to cheat an risk the repurcussions.

Written assignments should be typed, double spaced, 12 point font, and 1 inch margins on all sides. Your name, the class title, and the due date should be typed at the top of the first page (or on an attached cover page). Specific instructions will be posted with each assignment.
GRADING
GRADING POLICIES
To assist me in evaluating your performance, you will take reading quizzes and tests and you will write papers. Paper grades will be lowered 5% for each day that they are late (weekends count as two days). I will be happy to discuss your performance at any time, but before coming to discuss a grade, please wait 24 hours and use this time to think about my comments so that our discussion will be most useful for you. (grading scale)

I grade on a point system; every point you earn, no matter the assignment is of equal value. Quizzes are typically worth 5 to 10 pts. and tests are worth 100 pts. unless otherwise noted. The final exams (fall and spring terms only) and class participation will each be worth 20% of your trimester grade. You will write four papers this year: two during the first term (70 and 90 pts. respectively) and one during the subsequent terms (125 and 175 pts. respectively).
PARTICIPATION
Most class periods will be discussion-based. The quality and quantity of your participation--both as a listener and a speaker--will effect how much everyone learns. Thus, participation will be approximately 20% of your term grade. Please note, if you do not speak in class, come to class unprepared, do not listen to your peers, or treat anyone in the class with disrespect, your grade will be lowered. And yes, it is possible to speak too much.
OTHER IMPORTANT STUFF
ABSCENSES & TARDINESS
If you are absent, you are responsible for obtaining class notes from a peer. I will be happy to meet with you to go over what you missed. You will be expected to hand-in work due on the day(s) you missed on the day you return unless we make other arrangements. You will make up tests and announced quizzes, not pop quizzes. You will receive a zero if you miss a test or quiz without an excused absence. If you know in advance that you will be absent for a test, you must arrange your make-up test at least two school days before the test date. If the absence is unforeseen, see me the day you return to schedule a make-up. Papers deadlines are final, unless you speak to me in advance of the deadline and I grant an extension, or if you are ill, in which case you should bring the paper with you the day you return. If you miss class for a field trip or family vacation, the paper must be turned in before you leave. If you are late for class, you will receive a zero on whatever you miss unless the principal excuses your tardiness. Repeated tardiness will negatively impact your participation grade.
FINDING MR. FRONT
My schedule is posted outside my classroom and linked to every web page. An email link is also attached. You are always welcome to stop by during my free periods or email me questions. (Note: I rarely check my email evenings or weekends. If the problem is urgent, you may call me at home as long as it is a reasonable hour.)
 
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