Online Skills Modules (40 points)
Each student is required to complete four skills modules developed by the History Department to improve student preparation in introductory history courses. The modules, which are available via a link from the course schedule, consist of a video tutorial. The course schedule includes a listing of when each module is due, for which there will be a quiz in class.
During the semester you will compile a commonplace book of quotations from course readings along with your annotations. Full details will be distributed during the first week of classes. The completed book will be due on Monday, December 9.
At the conclusion of each unit, you will write a brief essay (300-500 words) that addresses the main question for the unit using evidence, content, and skills developed during the unit.
Colonial Newspaper Exercise (75 points)
At the conclusion of Unit 2, you will use research in colonial American newspapers to discuss the development of the economy up to 1800.
For Unit 3, you will have a choice. You may answer a traditional essay question that invites you to build on the themes in Never Caught to explore the American Revolution. As an alternative, you may also produce a creative project that engages with the themes in the book as well as the evidence and content from Unit 3.
The final examination will cover material from the entire course. It will comprise a range of question formats that ask you to use the skills developed in the course. There will be an emphasis on Unit 4. Review materials will be discussed during the last week of classes.
Foundations Seminar (Section 01F only – 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.
Massachusetts and New England are ideal locations to study the history of early America because of the rich tradition of preservation and commemoration at sites throughout the region. If you choose to visit such a site during the semester, you may write a brief paper about your experiences and the history you found there for up to thirty points of credit on your final grade. See the link above for full details on the assignment and a map of sites.
Podcast Exercise (Extra Credit: 20 points)
You may select an episode of a podcast that focuses on the period in U.S. history covered in the course (i.e., North America before 1877). Listen to the episode and then write a 200-word essay that includes a brief summary of the episode and your response. You may choose from among the following podcasts:
You are also welcome to suggest another podcast episode. Check with the instructor before you submit any writing.
Note: Students may earn a maximum of 50 points of extra credit during the semester.
Note about Attendance
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. There is no course credit directly assigned to attendance or participation, but the instructor will maintain records in accordance with university policies. If you will will be absent from class for a prolonged period, please contact the instructor. In cases of extended family or medical emergencies, you should also contact the Dean of Students, who can help you navigate the process of verifying your absence and contact professors on your behalf.
Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge (New York: 37 Ink, 2017).
Joseph L. Locke and Ben Wright, eds., The American Yawp, Volume I (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2019).
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