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



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:


Who says college students can't be generous donors?
Respond to the Snapshot's many problems by donating even $5 or $10 to a worthy organization. Check out Room to Read's list of the top 100 international groups at http://www.roomtoread.org/document.doc?id=837, or look for US social justice groups you like at http://www.socialworkdegree.net/social-justice-organizations/

My own personal Top Four:

Oxfam (money to refugees and the truly poor hit by disasters)

Second Harvest Food Bank (local work to end hunger)

Common Cause (against corruption in government)

Kiva (micro-loans YOU make to people who use the money well.)



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



homework this week due

I will accept late homework up to a week after the due date; if you have extenuating circumstances, let's talk.

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 and TTh at 2:30. So you can come to the OTHER class if you miss yours, and if not see me ASAP 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?

Please note that I put next week's HW on this page on Weds. so if you are in the TTh class, or running late, you may need to look at last week's--note DATES!

Due August 27-28---- Snapshots, web work and writing. Due: second day of class. Purpose 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 Global and also the US Snapshots. Write one full page, no more unless you’re inspired, a.& b. what you learned about the world and the US, and ADD (most important) c. discuss three specific facts that relate to you, and how. Leave 1.5” margins so I can respond! And please don't tell me you knew ALL this before--you can still consider it newly!

Due Sept. 2-3-- Read Chapter 8 in your text. Do the Short Paragraphs work on p. 90. Due: Sept. 3 for MW, Sept. 2 for TTh (second week of school). You may work on this with 1-2 other students, turning in ONE assignment with all names on it. Be very thorough and use every answer you can find and think of--that is, eight or ten for each question. Be prepared for any of the vocabulary on p. 89 on a concept check.

Due Sept. 3-4 Read The Jungle, immigration framework. Due:  Sept. 3 for MW, Sept. 4 for TTh (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 The Jungle chapters 14-15, picking and reproducing with correct punctuation any five quotes on paper--you will turn these in--limit three sentences each, or shorter-- that seem important and will help you recall the work, answering study questions in whatever form (not to turn in) so you are prepared for a Sept. 3-4 concept check.


Please prepare to read Black Elk Speaks weekend of Sept. 5-6-7; start early if you are a slow reader or need time to absorb information; the whole book is assigned. If you need to get ahead and don't have it yet, it's online! See http://stuff.samassaveneessa.info/docs/BlackElkSpeaks.pdf but DO buy your own copy; it's well worth having!


Note: You may want to get some of your texts at locally-owned BookSmart in Morgan Hill, www.mybooksmart.com , 80 E 2nd St., Morgan Hill, CA 95037 (408) 778-6467


past homework


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