leah halper gavilan college  

welcome to history 2!


if you want trinkets they are on the shore. but if you want real treasure you will have to dive deep into the ocean.
—sufi saying


skills portfolio

reading strategies




Dolores--a portrait of this tireless Chicana activist who was Cesar Chavez's right hand. Sept. 17 Monday at Gilroy Library, 6:30.

Edible City--extraordinary stories about re-skilling to grow local food systems. Nov. 19 at Gilroy Library 6:30

And after the new year:

The Language You Cry In, a history of a burial song brought by the Mende people preserved among the Gullah people.

Attention all sleep-deprived students--here are some resources for you, and see extra credit below left also

Attention all procrastinators and time-management-challenged students! Here are some resources for you!





I will accept late homework with a small penalty up to a week after the due date; if you have extenuating circumstances that require other arrangements, let's talk during my office hours or by arrangement.

Students who miss class will have difficulty keeping up and passing, and should minimally expect to see me during an office hour for make-up information.


A. “Success in History” practice finding five quotes meaningful to YOU. Due second day of class. Find the class homepage. Find the week’s homework. Click on Success in History link. Purposes: to help you follow directions, think about your own methods of learning, and understand some of the challenges this class may pose.. Pick five short quotes from the short essay and write or type them for me. After each one, respond with your thoughts about how this quote relates or does not relate to you and/or to your intended mode of operation in this class. Note: I don’t want how each quote relates to others, or in general, but to YOU! It helps me see you in action and get to know YOU! Save this returned work for Skills Portfolio.


B. Snapshots, web work and writing. Due: Day Two of class( week of August 29). Purposes: To let me see your writing, help me get to know you a little, to establish a snapshot of where history has brought us, and to allow you to consider how you feel about the future, given the past. Requires: webwork, writing. Consider the World & US Snapshots. Read these files carefully. Now choose at three quotes, at least one US and one Global, and simply  copy,write or type them onto a piece of paper. This part’s important! Bring them to class early or on time on the second day—I will check them off as on-time in the first ten minute and you will use them in class. I can’t give credit to those that come in after my check-off time.


C. OPTIONAL for Day Two. Read Chapter 8 in your text.


D. Read The Jungle, immigration framework. Due:  Day Four of class unless you are in MW class, in which case Day Three of class (second week of school). Purposes: To introduce the plight of the poor immigrant in US history; to examine class heirarchies; to discuss the effects of marginalization.  Requires: reading, using MLA citation style on five quotes that seem important to you from the work (one in each style from the handout), answering study questions in whatever form (not to turn in) so you are prepared for a concept check. Save this returned work for Skills Portfolio.


E. Three New Reading Strategies you tried over this week. Which ones, why you chose these, and how they worked. Type or write on their own piece of paper, and save this returned work for Skills Portfolio.


Please prepare to read Black Elk Speaks; start early if you are a slow reader or need time to absorb information; the whole book is assigned.

past homework