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Participation (including in-class writing assignments and quizzes(if necessary)): 15%

Please come to class prepared to participate in class activities. The best way to prepare and participate is to read and take notes on the daily assigned readings from the required books and to prepare questions or analytical thoughts about the reading. Our learning community is a safe place and no one should feel intimidated. We all must also remember that an important part of learning is listening and respectful listening and quiet engagement will also be rewarded in our class. So how does this assessment work? Read on!

There are a possible 10 points for each individual for each day based on the rubric below.  You begin each day with 10 points  -- work hard not to lose them! I will assess participation almost daily. There is also a group grade that I will assess based on how I thought the class went in general (our collective effort). The group grade is based on a 10 point scale:

9-10 = An Awesome Class (we covered much ground and met our learning objectives impressively, we repsected one another, most all of the class was prepared and enthusiastic, most everyone was engaged most all of the time, we had fun and learned good stuff);

8-9 = A Solid Attempt (we covered less ground than we could have because we had to stop for distracting behavior, a few folks were rather disruptive repeatedly, 1/3 or more of the class obviously had not prepared for class, fun meter a little low because Dr. Berry had to play dictator);

7-8 = Eh...not Bad (we struggled to get through the learning objectives for the day because at least 50% of the class was completely unprepared, several people were consistently disruptive, folks were reticient to participate, fun meter too low);

6-7 We are in Trouble (more than 1/2 the class didn't prepare at all, energy was low and as a result few of our learning objectives were covered with any real effectiveness, we were disrespectful to one another through disruptive behavior, unpreparedness, or simple lethargy);

5 and below = WE GOTTA TALK... we will have a class meeting to decide strategies for improvement.

Periodically, you will be asked to assess yourself as well. Please feel free to come talk with me if you would like strategies to improve your participation grade and/or would like clarification on what great participation looks like!

INDIVIDUAL RUBRIC:


A student who earns9-10 points for the day will:

A student who earns 8-9 points for the day will:

A student who earns 7-8 points for the day will:

A student who earns 6 or fewer  points for the day will:

Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the subject

Demonstrate a solid understanding of the subjects

Demonstrate a somewhat limited understanding of the subjects

Demonstrate a quite limited understanding of the subjects

Stimulate others to address and engage in the important points and issues for the day

Be uncertain about his/her own analysis of the day’s subject

Be uncertain about his/her own analysis of the day’s subject

Have no analysis of the day’s subject

Add important ideas to the discussion

Add  some ideas to the discussion

Add  very few ideas to the discussion

Add no ideas to the discussion

Directly address specific content from the readings at least once during discussion

Generally, not specifically, refer to the readings

Not demonstrate their close reading

Demonstrate they have not read for the day

Show respect for colleagues and Dr. Berry at all times (this includes NOT talking when someone else is talking)

Show respect for colleagues and Dr. Berry at all times (this includes NOT talking when someone else is talking)

Sometimes talk while others are talking, but generally show respect

Constantly talk while others are talking

Have thoroughly familiarized self with topic

Have familiarized him/herself with the topics, but will be a bit uncertain on some details

Be a bit uncertain on some details for the course material for the day

Will be rather clueless

Offer clear, accurate answers for questions

Offer clear, accurate answers for questions

Attempt to answer for questions but may offer searching or imprecise answers

Will demonstrate they have not read for the day

Try to help others clarify difficult concepts

Try to help others clarify difficult concepts

Not try to help others clarify difficult  concepts

Will not be willing to help others

Perform brilliantly on the day’s in-class and/or homework assignments

Perform highly on the day’s in-class and/or homework assignments

Complete in-class and/or homework assignments, but work is sloppy/poor

Not complete in-class and/or  homework assignments,

Listen intently and come to learn and have fun

Listen intently and come to learn and have fun

Listen intently and come to learn and have fun

Generally not want to be in class 

 

Multi-Media Museum Project 30%

Details TBA

 

Journal and Document Analyses: 10%

You will be required to keep a journal on our class readings and on the major topics and concepts with which we are grappling. You will keep your journal in a Google Doc (shared with Dr. Berry). You may be required to do a formal document analysis for your journal entry (this will be announced ahead of time). The journal will be graded randomly (you will be graded at least 6 times in the semester) and you may be asked to read your reading journal out loud to the class. The journal entries should be at least one page single-spaced and should include both summaries and analyses of as much of the reading as possible. But they should also include your voice and your ideas about the reading. These journals will NOT be graded on style or syntax, but rather are your opportunity to grapple informally with the reading and the ideas/topics for the week. The journals for the week's reading are due by 9 am Friday (regardless of whether or not we have class). You should have ONE journal for the entire semester. Please title it "First Name -- Journal" and please format your journal entries this way:

Date of Reading Journal

Reading Assignment

so...each entry should look like this:

August 12

Levine "The Unpredictable Past"

 

Summer Reading Paper (10%)

Assignment sheet will be forthcoming in class.

 

Final Exam: 10%

The Final Exam will ask you to recognize and analyze excerpts of various primary sources that we have encountered this semester. It will be Open Journal.

Conclusions Papers (15%)

Assignment sheet will be forthcoming in class.

Blog on Blogger (5%) and leading class discussion (5%)

Blogs for the 60s:

For each day during our introduction to the 1960s, 3 students will have the responsibility of posting informal 300-500 word blogs that connect a current issue/event from the current election to something we have studied for that day. They will help lead us in discussion of those current events/issues. Everyone will blog once. On the days students are not blogging they should post on one of the blogs. Everyone MUST comment on 2 blogs in the semester. Students will receive blog assignments in class once we get to the 1960s. During this period of the class, students will NOT be required to journal. Hopefully the blog will ultimately serve as a resource for the current political issues that students will need to complete their Comparative Politics projects

DUE DATES: Staggered

 

AD Analysis Paper: 10% (6-8 pages) -- not in 2013

DUE DATE: Day of the Final Exam

You will choose an advertising category (personal hygiene, transportation, etc). to analyze from the perspective of 3 decades (the 1950s, current, and one other decade of you choice). Using the skills you have gleaned over the course of the semester, you will suggest what messages the ads convey to the viewer and how the assumptions regarding race, gender, class, and nationalism chnage over time.

Assignment sheet will be forthcoming.

 

Grades and Policies

You will receive separate rubrics for most all your assignments. However, in general, and when a rubric is not used, the following definitions of letter grades will be used:

An “A” means work in class and in papers that is outstanding and distinguished, that demonstrates thought and writing characterized by imagination, originality, and synthesis of the material

A “B” means work of high quality that demonstrates thorough control of the course material and clarity of thinking and writing.

A “C” means work that demonstrates a basic understanding of material, but thinking and writing are inconsistent or careless.

A “D” means work that shows minimal understanding of the material, but thinking and writing that are insufficient to show control of the subject.

(Thanks to Anne Hyde at Colorado College for her thinking on this.)

Academic Integrity !
At St. Gregory, we have an Honor System that is in effect at all times and for all assignments.  When you agree to participate in this class, you pledge to do your own work, to be honest in all of your assignments, and, when borrowing materials from other sources, to give them due credit. Please sign each written assignment pledging that you have upheld the Honor System. Plagiarism is the act of using another person’s ideas or words without giving that person proper credit.  Your work should be original, but if you do use someone else’s idea(s), you MUST cite that person.  When in doubt, CITE IT!

Please refer to your hard copy of our syllabus for the St. Gregory Faculty Handbook definition of academic integrity.

We will discuss what plagiarism is. I will know it when I see it and you will know it when you do it. There are a number of great sites to help you get a handle on the definition. Most importantly, just cite any original thought (that isn't yours) and do your own work. Never submit something you've taken from someone (including the Internet) else. For more info refer to the following sites:

Council of Writing Program Administrators

American Historical Association

Purdue University's OWL


 

 Late Work

If you need an extension for any of the written assignments, you must ask Dr. Berry at least 24 hours in advance for that extension.  We will decide on a reasonable date and then the assignment must be turned in with no further extension (each student is eligible for only one extension/semester).  Late work without an official extension will not be accepted without penalty.  For each day the assignment is late, your grade will be decreased by 1/3 of a letter grade.  For example, if an assignment is 2 days late, your grade automatically will drop from an A to a B+.

Make-up Work

If you have been absent, see me the day you return, and we will discuss any missed in-class assignments. Please hand in late homework as soon as possible (the above late work policy will, of course, apply to ALL absences, including excused absences for any assignment assigned more than one week in advance). Make-up final exams will NOT be given.

Tardy Policy
The policy is: Do NOT Be Late to Class.  When the bell rings you should be in your seats ready to begin the class.  Walking in late is disruptive and disrespectful and will result in a 10% loss of your participation grade for the day (or a one point deduction).

Grades

See above for grade breakdown.