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!

homework due week of Nov. 28

1. Come to Rough Draft Clinic. Everyone. Yes. You.

2. Finish the video series on oral history and outline them to turn in

3. Finish up the last chapters in your text.

4. Start working on your final exam study. Here's the study sheet.

Rough draft clinics to come:

Monday Dec. 5, 11:15-noon and 2-3:30


Nov. 21

1. Your rough draft can use one or more visits to RDC. See dates and times below. This week you are working on telling the stories of your themes, which may be most of your rough draft as you don't yet have the interviewing piece. We will work on interviewing in class on Weds. Nov. 23, so try not to miss.

Rough draft clinics:

Tuesday Nov. 29 10:15-11, from12:50-1:30 IF you email ahead before 11 a.m. that you will come!

Weds. Nov. 30 from 1:30-2:30

2. You may wish to watch and outline #4 in the series Oral History Without Fears, which will prepare you further for doing your actual interviews. This outline and #5 will actually be due Dec. 1

Nov. 14

1. Work on researching your research paper themes. Next due is your cards, which I need photocopied and turned in next Tuesday Nov. 15th. Please note I will only be able to take them in a photocopied, not original card, format.

2.Chapters 14 and 15 in your book will end the class use of it and will be included with other prior chapters on the final. You can read them when you can fit them in before the final, and study the questions and vocabulary they include.

Nov. 7

1. Please set up your Preliminary Interview with your oral history informant, and carry out the first interview. Do NOT record, and take good notes. You are running through the person's life in perhaps a half hour, not stopping for stories but also not being rude! Explaining that you need the big picture to get this person approved by your teacher may help.

2. Watch the next in the series of the Oral History videos, on the videos page, Researching Your Oral History Themes. The outline is due Thursday.

3. Do a good study of Ch. 13 in your book for the concept check on Thursday. Also go to Read the selection called "Mixed Nuts," and be sure to click through as it is more than one page. This is an oral history with four men who fought in WWII at Bastogne. Note what problems they had, what views they had of the Germans they were fighting, and why they seemed willing to go through these hardships.



week of Oct. 31

1. Learn about oral history and about our assignment by checking out two videos, linked above on the videos page, made for you as introductions to the next research project; they are #1: Why oral history?
and #2: Doing your preliminary interview. As before, take your time and make a good outline with at least three levels of detail and lots of the content in a structured format.

2. Talk to the elders in your life to see if they are willing to be oral history informants, if they will be around in November and early December, and if they have stories you wish to spend a lot of time documenting and telling. Two names due this TUESday in class. The assignment is here.

3. Read chapter 13 in your book; we will deal with the first half this week and later do the second half. So work on the vocabulary and chapter-end questions that deal with the causes of WWII and the war itself--the part about the Cold War can wait a week. Concept check Thursday will cover this material.

week of Oct. 24

1. Go to the Sevier County oral history project site: Read 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. Look for themes, as these will also figure on the mondo-big concept check week. Give some attention to the study questions posted.

2. Read Chapters 11 and 12 in your book, and study them for Thursday's concept check, especially vocabulary and end of chapter questions.

3. Think about the next research project, an oral history of a person age 60 or older. Assignment here, and a bunch of related stuff lives on the above research page


week of Oct. 17

This week there will be several Rough Draft least one each day. Monday 17 Oct. and Weds. 19 Oct. 11 a.m., Tuesday 18 Oct. 10:15 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

1. Finish your paper on the Corporation. It is due complete with Works Cited list on Thursday in class. Please don't miss class if you are late with your paper. I will take late papers with a grading penalty until noon on Monday Oct. 24; after that you will need to come see me. Please also upload your paper to using the following login and password: by 5 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 20:

login 13827930
password : jungle1

2. Please finish the Research without Fears series by watching #10 on the final draft and doing an outline to turn in on Thursday with your paper.

3. We will resume reading in our text next week, so be ready! We will also start our next and bigger research project, the oral history assignment, next week. If you have someone in your life who is 60 or older and is willing to be interviewed, you may want to talk to them about their availability in Oct.-Nov. If not, I may be able to help you find someone.


Educate yourself on what Black Ellk's descendents are up to this month by learning about the Dakota Access pipeline. Here is the corporate website; here is a story from the New York Times. Here is a Lakota website. Write me a couple of paragraphs about the rights that each side is using, and predict which side will win, and why.


week of Oct. 10

1. Your Skills portfolio will be due on Thursday. If you kept up this should be no big deal. If not, maybe plan to visit my office hours so you can still do well one it? You will NOT do the last thing listed, the ALEC readings, but all 7 other quotes assignments and your Reading Strategies assignments, and a few paragraphs on the THREE reading strategies you found most useful, should be included. Please put it all in a folder and have it ready at the beginning of class. Don't skip class to get it finished--do it before!

2. Prepare your rough draft of your Corporation research paper! It is also due on Thursday.

3. Watch ONE video in the Research Without Fears series--the one on Rough Drafts. outline it for turning in on Thursday. #9 The rough draft


Not getting the sleep you need? It's more important even than researchers thought. If you want to try to improve your sleep, read the Huffington post piece and then I'll give you extra credit for trying three of the strategies, each on different nights. Write up what you did and whether it helped.

Week six Oct. 3

1. Read "Women, Consumerism, and the National Consumer’s League in the Progressive Era, 1900-1923” by Allis Rosenberg Wolfe. Apparently it's not always loading right so I emailed it to all class members on Tuesday morning--please check your Gavilan email, and here is a pdf! Do your five MLA quotes, choosing ones that help you recall main points made in this piece, and being very careful to credit any secondary authors as well as Rosenberg Wolfe. Do a good Work Cited list for an article with author. Fix older MLA assignments so your portfolio will be easy to put together.

2. Work on ten quotes for your Corporation paper. But watch the videos first! And put your quotes on notecards. I will take them in that form, but then you won't be able to use them. Instead, photocopy your notecards, or come to an office hour of mine and I will do it for you!

3. Watch three more videos in the series, and outline them for a grade

#4 Finding quality scholarly sources Note that #4 video is a bit dated; most researchers no longer use the book-format Library of Congress headings, but find the same headings online.

#5 How to keep track of your evidence

#7 Quotes, paraphrases, and summaries

Week five

(actual wording was accidentally deleted--but we did the rest of Black Elk Speaks with five more quotes, the first three research videos with outlines, and the five sources for your research paper in MLA format.)

Week four

Black Elk Speaks, reading strategies, and five MLA citations with double credit to speaker and editor

1. Read Black Elk Speaks, through Chapter 18, the Powers of the Bison and the Elk, by Weds. We will fininsh the rest next week. Make note of answers for the study questions, making good notes of your own that you can then use to study for the concept checks, two of which will deal with this material two weeks in a row. It is best to own a copy you can bring to class, but note that in a pinch, the text is online: See but DO buy your own copy; it's well worth having!

2. Try three more reading strategies. New ones, not lazy old ones. I can tell. You bet. At least one should be some kind of graphic organizer or list. Write a bit about what you tried, how it worked, and whether you will keep each strategy. Here's a list so far taken from your latest homework!.

2. Do MLA style quotes. Do five, one in each format as before, using parts of the book that you feel will help you remember important concepts about Black Elk and his life's meaning. Do use Neihardt 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 (Neihardt 60). Note that Black Elk speaks for 99 percent of the book, but if you quote one of his old buddies from the earlier pages, you must be clear who else is being quoted. Also do a single-entry Work Cited list using this as a book with an editor model--Neihardt is the editor--on your MLA Print Resources page


Week three

Corporations and Basic MLA five format citation style

1. READ & STUDY. Before and after reading, review the Corporation study questions above. I generally base your concept check upon the study questions. Then read Abolish Corporate Personhood by Jan Edwards and Molly Morgan. This reading looks at the definition and history of corporate personhood, a legal trick that gives corporations rights intended for humans.

2. TRY THREE MORE READING STRATEGIES.Write a bit about what you tried, how it worked, and whether you will keep each strategy. Here's a list so far taken from your latest homework!

3. WRITE UP FIVE FORMATTED MLA QUOTES FROM THE READING. We will review this part of the HW in class Tuesday, so please make every effort to be there with a rough draft 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 article, matching each to ONE of the FIVE different MLA internal citation styles (use the same order as given on the sheet) on the sheet I gave out in class. 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 --no page numbers. Using your research packet given in class as a guide, add a Works Cited using the last names of the authors in the order given in the reading, 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

4. Read Chapter 10 in your Brief Narrative History. The vocabulary is all fair game for the concept check, as are notes on the movie about capitalism, class discussion/lecture, the questions at the end of the chapter, and the following questions: does this chapter relate to the Jungle reading? How does it relate to the Corporation reading? How does it relate to immigration as we have discussed it?And how does it relate to the Nation Building project we discussed early on?


To start off well, work on being a better student! Go to Read the material explaining the learning styles survey, then at the bottom click on the survey itself, and take it. Get your score and results, and print them out. Then go click on the Strategies link for your learning mode. Pick TWO 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

Week Two:

A. 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.

B. 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.:

Week One:

A. “Success in History” practice finding five meaningful quotes. 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.Use the text I provide in the online Word file here. 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!


B. Snapshots, web work and writing. Due: second day of class. 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. Simply 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 minutes.After that you will use them in class. I can’t give credit to those that come in after my check-off time.










Anything below this line could be seriously confusing to you, as it is based on past years and not your semester's work!

WAY PAST Homework--link for teacher's use