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


mla portfolio


declaration of expectations and tenets of community

tests & study sheets


college culture

Office hours: MW 10:20-11:10, TTh 12:10, and by arrangement


OPTIONAL extra credit this week:

Work on being a fantastic student! Go to http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/learningstyles/ilsweb.html Take the 44-question survey, then print your results. At the bottom of the results page click on the page that explains what all the results mean. Review all strategies suggested for someone who scores as you did, especially those that correspond to your learning style. Pick TWO strategies that you would be willing to try, and try them on the work I am assigning in our class. Write a paragraph after you try them on how they worked, and whether you'll use them again. Turn in your results and your paragraph for EXTRA CREDIT. If you want to know even more about learning styles, visit Gavilan College's own Jane Maringer's webpage:


Civil War Re-enactment in Hollister! Totally cool period costumes, battles, and situations! Sept. 11-13 at San Benito County Historical Park. Go to volunteer (Don Pidd, Caretaker
San Benito County Historical Park
831-902-9349 cell
caretaker@sbchistoricalsociety.org email) or just to watch. Write up for me what you saw, did, and learned about the Civil War, and I'll give you some extra credit.



Past extra credit options are still on the past homework page. For more extra credit, go to the homepage



I will accept late homework up to a week after the due date; if you have extenuating circumstances, let's talk. Please note that I usually put next week's HW on this page on Weds. so if you are in the TTh or Friday class, or running late, you may need to look at last week's--note DATES!

homework due


Weeks of August 31 and Sept. 7

A. Due second day of class. Short reading on success in history class, five quotes, and reaction. Use the text here. Pick five short quotes (you can use a few paraphrases too, but don’t have to) 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 your intended mode of operation in this class.

B. Due second day of class EXCEPT for MW class, which is not going to do this because of the Labor Day holiday on Sept. 7. Snapshots and why history matters. Consider the Global and also the US Snapshots.It will take time to read and think about them. Come to class the second day with THREE of the factoids copied on paper (not electronic)--choose three you have a reaction to, or three that relate to you, or three you care about. Prepare to discuss why in class. !

C. Due Sept. 9-10-11 (Weds., Thurs., or Friday of second week, depending on what class you're attending)-- Read Chapter 8 in your text The United States: A Brief Narrative History. Purpose: To acquaint you with the text, help you study for the concept check. Read the questions on p. 90 and consider them carefully--for example, a description of Reconstruction means to describe what it was like, not the politics behind it or Lincoln's unrealized dreams for it. Also be prepared for any of the vocabulary on p. 89 to be on your first concept check Sept. 9-10-11.

D. Due Sept. 9-10-11. Read The Jungle, immigration framework, do five MLA-formatted quotes. Purposes: To introduce the plight of the indigent immigrant in US history; to examine class heirarchies; to discuss the effects of marginalization, to have students begin to identify quotes that contain valuable information, to check students' grasp of five MLA formats on quoted material. Requires: Preview the study questions for the Jungle reading. Then read The Jungle chapters 14-15. Pick and reproduce with correct punctuation any five quotes (actually two paraphrases and three quotes) on paper--you will turn these in. Use the MLA portfolio handout as a guide. Pick quotes that seem important and will help you recall or explain the work. Finally, consider, study, and possibly answer the study questions in whatever form (not to turn in) to prepare yourself for a Sept. 9-10-11 concept check.:


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

Don't miss class! My History 2 classes are in SS 210, MW at 12:50, TTh at 2:30 and Friday at 9-12. So you can come to the OTHER class if you miss yours, and if not see me ASAPon an office hour--not just as class is starting, please!--when you return to school to go over what you missed and clarify homework expectations. We do a lot every day you're gone, so get the notes from a new or used friend?

past homework