Lamar State College - Port Arthur

House Bill 2504

Fall 2014 Course Syllabus

HIST-2301-01 - Texas History

Faculty Information
SemesterFall 2014
InstructorCopple, Monteel Strickland
Phone(409) 984-6548
Liberal Arts
Chair:Barbara Huval
Phone:(409) 984-6330
Hours:7:00-7:55, 11:00-12:30 MWF, 7:30-9:15, 12:15-1:00TR
Building:Student Center (SC)
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Course Information
Course Number90067
Course Description A survey of the political, social, economic, cultural, and intellectual history of Texas from the pre-Columbian era to the present. Themes that may be addressed in Texas History include: Spanish colonization and Spanish Texas; Mexican Texas; the Republic of Texas; statehood and secession; oil, industrialization, and urbanization; civil rights; and modern Texas.
Course Prerequisites None
Required Textbooks TEXAS: The Lone Star State. Richardson, Rupert and Adrian Anderson. Prentiss-Hall Publishing. 8th,9th, or 10th edition. (I find that most editions have few additions, so most any edition from 8 forward will work)
Attendance Policy Students are expected to attend class. A grade commensurate to a major exam is given.
Course Grading Scale  90 - 100 = A     80 - 89 = B     70 - 79 = C     60 - 69 = D     Below 59 = F
Determination of Final Grade Three major exams, map sets, drawings, and projects compose your grade You will have plenty of time to complete your work.
Final Exam Date December 5, 2014 - 11:00 AM
Major Assignments Week 1: Pass syllabus. Discuss textbook title. Pass first set of assignments

Week 2: Discuss the regions of Texas,rivers, and other geographic features

Week 3: Introduce the various indigenous people of Texas

Week 4: Map the area explored by the conquistadores and other explorers. Pass review sheet for first major test.

Week 5: Chapter 4 preview, Texas Under Mexican Rule. Prep for test

Week 6: Take first major exam, score, return and reteach. Introduce events leading to the revolution. Get notes.

Week 7: Assign Governors List, second activity. Fight the revolution and achieve independence in chapter 7.

Week 8: Continue with Chapter 7, Life in the Republic.

Week 9: Make assignment 3 dealing with the pioneer cabin and a brief explanation of items in possession. Give lecture notes on Statehood.

Week 10: Introduce chapter 10 dealing with the Civil War in Texas. Assign set of flags including the Confederate Stars and Bars.

Week 11: Pass second test review sheet of events, terms, and people to prep for second major exam. Work on activities due.

Week 12: Give exam two, score, return, and reteach. Take Texas through the trials of Reconstruction in chapter 11.

Week 13: Lecture on events of the latter 19th century and early 20th century. Pass article on Spindletop gusher.

Week 14: Introduce Progressives and reform in Texas politics.

Week 15: Discuss main actors in 20th century Texas. Prep for final exam. Turn in all work.

Week 16: Administer final exam.

Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates Week 1: Assign map set and set date for turn in,

get notes on regions of Texas

Week 2: Continue with information on Texas geography

Week 3: Develop a chart on the Indigenous people of Texas. Continue with the Spanish and French explorers. Prep for first major exam

Week 4; Develop events that occurred under Mexican rule and significant disagreements. Take first exam

Week 5: Prep for first major test. Finish notes. Assign next project.

Week 6: Test, score, return and reteach. Introduce Prelude to Revolution

Week 7: Get notes and assign next activity, Governors of Texas Chart. Fight the revolution and win independence from Mexico. Read about Houston, Lamar and other battle heroes.

Week 8: Begin to study life in the republic. Get notes. Talk about next assignment, a pioneer cabin with description.

Week 9: Lecture notes on statehood.

Week 10: Discuss the events leading to secession and civil war. Pass prep sheet for second major exam

Week 11: Work on all activities due and take second major exam, score, return, and retest. Restore Texas to the Union in a very harsh and complicated reconstruction.

Week 12: Second major exam administered. Enter the 20th century with notes and lecture

Week 13: Note the epic events that occurred on the Texas coast in the early days of the new century. Review ideas of the progressives.

Week 14: Discuss Texas politics and dismiss for Thanksgiving

Week 15: Cover the main ideas of 20th century Texas and get ready for final

Week 16: Administer the final exam

General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Communication skills:Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

Critical Thinking Skills:Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills:Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

Teamwork:Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

Social Responsibility:Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.

Personal Responsibility:Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.

Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.

Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.

PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills – Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.

Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion.

PSLO 2: Communication Skills – Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.

Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.

PSLO 3: Empirical and Quantitative Skills – Applies the manipulation and/or analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions.

Identifies mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task; uses mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task; analyzes how to use the principles; and applies problem-solving skills in mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task with correct informed conclusions.

PSLO 5: Social Responsibility Skills - Expresses intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.

Identifies cultural characteristics (including beliefs, values, perspectives and/or practices); demonstrates knowledge of civic responsibility; provides evidence of experience in civic- engagement activities; and describes what she/ he has learned as it relates to a reinforced and clarified sense of civic identity in local, regional, national, or global communities; and shows awareness of one’s own culture in relation to others.
Course Student Learning Outcomes 1. Understand how Texas' unique geography influenced the lives of people who live there. (PSLO 1,5, Alpha) Measured by: embedded test questions, group discussion; pre-test/post-test

2. Compare the cultures of Native Americans in Texas prior to European colonization.(PSLO 1,5, ) Measured by: embedded test questions, group discussion; map project rubric

3. Identify countries whose colonies made a lasting impact on Texas.(PSLO 1,5, 3) Measured by: embedded test questions, group discussion; map project rubric

4. Explain the issues, events, and individuals that led to revolution and independence, problems with statehood, and eventual secession.(PSLO 1,2,5,Alpha) Measured by: embedded test questions, group discussion, oral project; pre-test/post-test

5. Evaluate the success of progressive, reform, and civil rights issues after Reconstruction.(PSLO 1,2,5, Alpha) Measured by: embedded test questions, group discussion, oral presentation; pre-test/post-test

6. Understand the impact of boom and bust cycles in Texas' leading industries and the changes that resulted in the economy.(PSLO 1,2,5,6 Alpha) Measured by: embedded test questions, group discussion; oral project; pre-test/post-test

7. Analyze the political, economic, and social impact of world wars. (PSLO 1,5, Alpha) Measured by: embedded test questions, group discussion; pre-test/post-test

8. Know the issues that contributed to the formation of a two party politic.(PSLO 1,5, 3, Alpha) Measured by: embedded test questions, group discussion; pre-test/post-test

9. Create an argument through the use of historical evidence.(PSLO 1, 2, 5, 3) Measured by embedded short essay test questions;or essay project

10. Analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources.(PSLO 1, 2) Measured by embedded test question, group discussions; or researched essay project

11. Analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on this period of United States history. (PSLO 1, 5, 3) Measured by embedded test questions; researched essay project; group discussion.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  • Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.

    I don't tolerate cell phones and earbuds very well. Don't use them during this class. If you do, that explains very well the importance you place on the course and my instruction. You can't do two things at once and do either one well (and that includes driving). .
Additional Information Your grade is private. My time between classes helps me prep for the next class. I urge you to record your grades in a spiral, etc. when I return the assignment.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
Copyright Violations Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.

Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.

Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

  1. Sign in to your account.

  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.

HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

Lamar State College - Port Arthur


Lamar State College - Port Arthur, a member of The Texas State University System, is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality and affordable instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The College embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life.

Core Values

  • Shared commitment by faculty, staff and administration to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community involvement

  • General education/core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community

  • Academic and technical programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, using a variety of delivery methods, on and off campus

  • Technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and behavior necessary for initial and continued employment

  • Student achievement characterized by attainment of individual goals and measured by successful accomplishments and completion of curriculum

  • Co-curricular opportunities that develop social, financial and civic acuity


Lamar State College - Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

  • treated with dignity and respect;

  • afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

  • given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights; and,

  • provided an opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

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