Past homework

I will accept late work up to a week after the due date; if you have serious extenuating circumstances, let's talk as soon as you know that!

The election is in a month! Time to start reading up. UC Berkeley Library partners with several other institutions to explain the propositions and to gather a table of endorsements. Study it, then write what you have learned about specific propositions.


due Nov. 5-6

1. Preliminary interview done, form filled out and turned in on this Weds.-Thursday Nov. 5-6. We will go over this in class, but if you miss the form is on my research page, and  you can email me with questions at So get busy!

2. Please note that I will postpone the deadline for this UCB Oral History theme work until next week, Nov. 12-13. But you can start early... I won't make you read two long oral histories, but I do want you to look at those offered on this UCB Oral History page that concerns the US homefront during WWII, then pick TWO oral histories that seem to both deal with a theme (any theme) you choose. Find five more quotes, and do the same thing we did last week--put them in some kind of order, then write what you need to write to lead smoothly and logically from one to the next.

3. Concept check on Weds.-Thursday on WWII and all we have read/studied/discussed about it this week and last week.  



Want to know more about what is going on with Syria and Iraq, and connect it to our studies this week? Watch this space for a library resource page, and meanwhile this map set with short explanations gives you a good start--without the history, you can't understand the current situation, so have at it! Then write up your understanding of the situation and how you would approach a solution.


Oct. 29-20

1. Please ready your two names; ask your informant candiates about their availability and willingness to discuss life history. Also make sure they don't mind being recorded and can meet at times you are free.

2. Please read two longer oral histories of WWII experiences Read the selection called "Mixed Nuts," and be sure to click through as it is more than one page. Then read are
very good and very interesting.

3. From this reading, pick a theme you see occuring in both oral histories. Then pick at least five quotes that relate to your theme from the two readings (use both readings, at least five quotes total and let's use the five internal citation formats again). Put the quotes into some kind of order that makes sense logically, chronologically, or topically. Finally, write what you
need to write to get from one quote to another in illustration of your theme. In other words, do a mini essay with some theme and these quotes to support your theme. if you want to really be impressive, throw in a thesis statement. 

This is practice in ordering information, identifying and documenting themes, and creating connections. I felt these skills were lacking even in some of the strongest Corporation papers I received, so let's practice and improve.

4. Read Chapter 13 in your book for an overview of WWII. Study the vocabulary and the study questions at the end of the chapter for our concept check.


1. Read some very good oral histories done by high school students in Sevier County, Utah. Go to the Sevier County oral history project site: the following four oral histories: Marvell Hunt, Lynn Waters, Hazel Peterson, Joe Gentry. Note: these are transcripts, and are NOT models for the oral history papers you will be writing, which will resemble essays, but they are interesting and give you a taste of oral history as we start our own work.

3. Read Chapter 12 in your text, study the vocabulary, and study the end of chapter questions for the concept check next week.


1. Watch the final video in the research series.
2. Read Chapter 11 in your text, study the vocabulary for the concept check, and review the chapter end questions 1 and 2.

3. Finish your Corporation paper to turn in Monday October 13 or Tuesday October 14. Below are instructions on how to turn it in on paper and through the electronic website

A. Plan to bring a complete paper copy to turn in at the start of class with a separate WC page and the self evaluation I will give out; anythng else will be considered late, including anything that comes in after class is underway.

B. IF you want extra credit, prepare a 3-minute presentation with one minute on the history of your corp, and one minute on each externality. When you come to class the day the paper is due, you will sign up to give this report to the rest of the class; they will take notes because this will be grist for thenext concept check and the final exam!
C. Create an account for yourself or use your current account. Here are the codes--please be sure you have the right class and the right assignment; turn in a file containing ONLY your paper, not your Works Cited. Turnitin is required before I can grade the work. If you want to turn in a rough draft, email me for the class ID and password for that, as an optional check ahead of time.
For ONLY the MW class Class IDis 8800702 password corporation
For ONLY the TTh class.Class ID is 8800706 password corporation
Plan to come to one or more of the Rough Draft clinics--they really do help:

Monday Oct. 6 at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday Oct. 7 at 12:50, Weds. Oct. 1 at 2:30 and Weds. October 8 at 11:20-12:30. NOTE: No RDC on Thursday October 9 --sorry! If none of these times works for you, let me know and I will try to find another time


Progressivism and your corporation paper. Due October 1-2

1. YOUR PAPER. Corporation rough draft due with at least fifteen quotes from at least two sources. Late work will eat away at your final grade day by day, so be on time on Weds./Thursday. Rough draft clinics: Monday Sept. 29 and Monday Oct. 6 at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 at 12:50, Weds. Oct. 1 at 2:30, and Thursday October 9 at 12:50 .Focus on finding corporation history and two well-documented externalities that relate to it. Buy some notecards as suggested in video below, and start collecting info! My research page should help and I can help on my office hours; the reference librarians are also standing by waiting for you.

2. RESEARCH PAPER VIDEOS. Do outlines of the videos.

On organizing:

On evidence:

On writing a rough draft:

If you need resources on doing an outline, here are a few (even if one is about books, it can apply to watching vidoes!) Remember that I'm asking for three levels of detail on the Research Without Fears outlines. Best example:

Also useful: and

3. Optional extra credit SHORT READINGS on CITIZENS UNITED, ALEC, AND DEMOCRACY We will discuss Monday-Tuesday in lecture, but readings will help with concept check if you can fit them in. Start with ., then read about ALEC on its website (check out Initiatives section)and on the website of its main opponents No need to do quotes from this as you are doing them for your actual paper, but study the study questions and prepare that way for the concept check



Sept. 24-25 US Expansionism and your Corporation sources and quotes

 1. Your Corporation Paper. Five sources in proper MLA format, and ten quotes,at least one in each format, are due in class on W-Th. If you are not getting the paraphrasing, try watching this or come and see me asap! Your quotes and Works Cited will show me that you have found adequate sources, understand the five formats and can use them in real life, including using online sources with and without titles, and can do a correct Works Cited list.

2. Learning the research skills. Watch four videos in the Research Without Fears series, numbers 1,2,3 and 4.You may simply watch the first two, but do outlines of numbers three and four. For outline help, check your MLA packet for an outline handout.

#1 Watch only--Why am I Making You do a Research Paper?
video series at

#2 Watch only--Approaching Your Research Paper:

# 3 Outline-- What is a Scholarly Source?

#4 Outline-- Finding Scholarly Sources

3. Read Chapter 10 of your text and study the vocabulary on pp. 109-110; prepare answers to the questions on p.110 but you don't need to turn them in; these will be the basis for the concept check next week, along with what we do and discuss in class .l


Check out the most current corporate democracy fight regarding the Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United, a lobby group in Washington DC that argues that it is a legal person and entitled to make big election campaign donations. Write enough so I see you understand, and then explain why you either support or oppose the ruling.


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, or look for US social justice groups you like at

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.)


Sept. 17-18 Black Elk Speaks and five MLA citations with double credit to speaker and editor

1. Read Black Elk Speaks, in full, by Weds/Thursday. Make note of answers for the study questions, making good notes of your own that you can then use to study for the W or Th concept check.

2. Do MLA style quotes. Do five, one in each format, using parts of the book that you feel will help you remember important concepts about Black Elk and his life's meaning. Do use Neidhardt and a page number as your author and page, but always include that Black Elk is the one speaking. For example, here's a paraphrase using this method that credits both the speaker and the editor: Black Elk said that the boys in his nation learned endurance and toughness using games like burning seeds on their hands (Neidhardt 60). Also do a single-entry Work Cited list using this as a book with an editor model on your MLA Print Resources page.

3. Look over the Corporate Research project information on my research page above, and consider what corporation you want to research. Do some preliminary research to BE SURE you can find externalities that are significant before you commit to your company! Consider cosmetics, food, war, beverage, pharmaceutical, and apparel industries besides high tech, big box, and fast food.


Please prepare to read Black Elk Speaks weekend of Sept. 12-13-14; 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 but DO buy your own copy; it's well worth having!



Due September 10-11: Corporations and Basic MLA five format citation style

Corporate Personhood. 1. READ & STUDY. Before and after reading, review the Corporation  study questions. I generally base your concept check upon the study questions. Then read pages 1-25 in Santa Clara Blues, by William Meyers. This reading looks at the definition and history of corporate personhood, a legal trick that gives corporations rights intended for humans.

2. WRITE UP FIVE FORMATTED MLA QUOTES FROM THE READING. We will review this part of the HW in class Monday and Tuesday, so please make every effort to be there in order to learn what to do. If you miss, come to an office hour to get the scoop. Pick out five quotes that are meaningful in helping you understand the Meyers article, matching each to ONE of the FIVE different MLA internal citation styles that are in the research packet we discuss in class on Monday-Tuesday. Thus you will have five quotes, one in each format. Remember that websites don't have page numbers but pdfs of documents often do, so in this case look for the page numbers in the Meyers document after the first few un-numbered pages. Using your research packet given in class M-T as a guide, add a Works Cited using the last name of the author, so you have a one-item Work (not Works) Cited list. Use the citation style for an article with an author on the Internet, and include ALL information that is on the style guide

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. Purpose: To acquaint you with the text, help you study for the concept check, and let me see your ability to do what a question requires and mine text for information. Do the Short Paragraphs work on p. 90 but don't do it short! It can be as long as necessary. 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-no need to do short paragraphs; long ones are fine! Also read the questions carefully--a description of Reconstruction means to describe what it was like, not the politics behind it or Lincoln's unrealized dreams for it. 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, to have students begin to identify quotes that contain valuable information, to check student punctuation and style on quoted material.  Requires: Preview the study questions for the Jungle reading. Then read The Jungle chapters 14-15. Then pick and reproduce 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. Finally, answer the  study questions in whatever form (not to turn in) to prepare yourself for a Sept. 3-4 concept check.


Work on being a fantastic student! Go to 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: