HIST 120 Assignments

Participation/Attendance (150 points)

Participation is vital to your success in this course. You are expected to attend all course meetings and to come to class prepared. That is, you should have completed the assigned reading, have it with you in class, and be prepared to participate actively in class discussion through comments and questions. You will lose credit for participation after five absences, except in documented cases for extended family or medical emergencies. NOTE: Absence from more than 30% of class meetings without documentation will be grounds for failure of the course.

Online Skills Modules (50 points)

Each student is required to complete five skills modules developed by the History Department to improve student preparation in introductory history courses. The modules, which are available through the course Blackboard site, include a video tutorial and a brief quiz. The course schedule includes a listing of when each module is due. To earn credit, each student must watch the full video and take the accompanying quiz.

Reading Journal (100 points)

During the semester each student will keep a journal of reflections in Blackboard related to course readings. Students should make an entry for each date on which reading is assigned. You can find questions on the course website.

Papers (450 points total)

At the conclusion of each unit, you will write a paper that requires you to answer an assigned question using the major autobiography for the unit and other assigned sources.

  • Unit 1 (Beals – 75 points), 500 words, due Tuesday, October 17
  • Unit 2 (Douglass – 150 points), 800–1,000 words, due Tuesday, November 7
  • Unit 3 (Franklin – 225 points), 1,000–1,200 words, due Tuesday, December 12

Final Exam (150 points)

The final will be an essay exam using the three major autobiographies and class discussions on the strengths and weaknesses of autobiographies as historical sources.

Foundations Seminar (100 points)

For those students enrolled in Section 01F, you are enrolled in a Foundations Seminar linked to this course. Your active participation in the Foundations Seminar and all affiliated activities is an important part of your first-semester experience at FSU. Your facilitator, peer mentor, and classmates are excellent resources for any questions and/or problems you confront this semester. See your Foundations syllabus for details about how this component of your grade will be determined.

A guide to how point totals correspond to letter grades is available on the course Blackboard site.

Required Texts

Melba Pattillo Beals, Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock Central High School, reprint ed. (New York: Washington Square Press, 1995). [NOTE: Do not buy the abridged edition.] ISBN: 978-0671866396

Joyce Chaplin, ed., Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography (New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2012). ISBN: 978-0393935615

Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself (Boston, 1845; Mineola, NY: Dover Thrift Publications, 1995). ISBN: 978-0486284996

Grading Scale

Section 002 Section 01F
A 846-900 940-1000
A- 810-845 900-939
B+ 783-809 870-899
B 747-782 830-869
B- 720-746 800-829
C+ 693-719 770-799
C 657-692 730-769
C- 630-656 700-729
D+ 603-629 670-699
D 567-602 630-669
D- 540-566 600-629
F 0-539 0-599