Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: HIST-1301- Section: 77E
United States History I
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Instructor Information
Instructor Charles Jehlen
Phone(409) 984-6102
Location:Madison Monroe Education - Room: 119A
Hours:Monday 2 PM to 3 PM via Zoom - Meeting ID: 829 9412 5767
Academic Affairs
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341

If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
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Course Information
Description A survey of the social, political, economic, cultural, and intellectual history of the United States from the pre-Columbian era to the Civil War/Reconstruction period. United States History I includes the study of pre-Columbian, colonial, revolutionary, early national, slavery and sectionalism, and the Civil War/Reconstruction eras. Themes that may be addressed in United States History I include: American settlement and diversity, American culture, religion, civil and human rights, technological
Prerequisites A survey of the social, political, economic, cultural, and intellectual history of the United States from the pre-Columbian era to the Civil War/Reconstruction period. United States History I includes the
study of pre-Columbian, colonial, revolutionary, early national, slavery and sectionalism, and the Civil War/Reconstruction eras. Themes that may be addressed in United States History I include: American settlement and diversity, American culture, religion, civil and human rights, technological change, economic change, immigration and migration, and creation of the federal government.
Learning Outcomes Students will be able to:

Relate the events that led to the exploration and colonization of early America.
Summarize reasons for colonial discontent and actions that led to revolution and independence.
Demonstrate an understanding of our documents of democracy.
Describe our foreign policy as it developed in the 19th century.
Analyze stages of economic development as the United States became an industrialized nation.
Realize the causes of sectionalism as they moved us toward civil war.
Discuss the major features of Reconstruction and their political impact.
Core Objectives * 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.
* 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
Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Textbook: The American Yawp is an online textbook that you can access here: http://www.americanyawp.com/ If you would like a printable PDF version of the textbook, you can access it here:
Reader: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs. Free, online access is provided here:
Access to these materials is also available within Blackboard.
Lecture Topics
History 1301 77E Revised Instructional Plan

Unit – Exploration and Colonization
9/8 – 9/13: History 1301 Pre-Test; TAY and Reader Chapter 1; The Black Legend, Native Americans, and Spaniards Video; From Days Before Time Video; TAY and Reader Chapter 2; When is Thanksgiving Video; The Natives and the English Video. Progress Report issued on 9/16.
9/14 – 9/20: Turbulent Virginia Video; Saints and Strangers Video; Unit Quiz.

Unit – Road to Revolt
9/14 – 9/20 (cont.): TAY and Reader Chapter 3; The Quakers, the Dutch, and the Ladies Video; The Lure of Land Video.
9/21 – 9/27: Coming to America Video; TAY and Reader Chapter 4; The Seven Years War and the Great Awakening Video; Taxes and Smuggling: Prelude to Revolution Video; Divergent Paths Video; Strained Relations Video; Unit Quiz.

Unit – Revolution and Constitution
9/28 – 10/4: TAY and Reader Chapter 5; Who won the American Revolution Video; Not Much of a War Video; TAY and Reader Chapter 6; A Precarious Experiment Video; Vision for a Nation Video.
10/5 – 10/11: The Constitution, the Articles, and Federalism Video; Begin Core Project – Electoral College. Unit Quiz.

Unit – Early Republic
10/5 – 10/11 (cont.): TAY and Reader Chapter 7; Where U.S. Politics came from Video; Thomas Jefferson and his Democracy Video; The War of 1812 Video; Rivals and Friends Video. Progress Report issued on 10/14.
10/12 – 10/18: Best Laid Plans Video; TAY and Reader Chapter 8; The Market Revolution Video; Pressures from Within Video; Revolution of a Different Sort Video; Unit Quiz.

Unit – Age of Jackson
10/19 – 10/25: Submit Core Project – Electoral College; TAY and Reader Chapter 9; Age of Jackson Video; He Brought The People With Him Video; Legacy of an Autocratic Ruler Video; Begin Extra Credit Assignment – Diary of a Slave Girl.
10/26 – 11/1: TAY and Reader Chapter 10; 19th Century Reforms Video; Women in the 19th Century Video; Voices of Reform Video; Unit Quiz.

Unit – Westward Expansion
11/2 – 11/8: TAY and Reader Chapter 11; Worlds Apart Video; Slavery Video; Master and Slave Video. Progress Report issued on 11/11.
11/9 – 11/15: TAY and Reader Chapter 12; War and Expansion Video; Manifest Destiny Video; The Meeting Ground Video; Unit Quiz; Submit Extra Credit Assignment – Diary of a Slave Girl.

Unit – Civil War
11/16 – 11/22: TAY and Reader Chapter 13; The Election of 1860 and the Road to Disunion Video; Decade of Discord Video.
11/23 – 11/29: TAY and Reader Chapter 14; Battles of the Civil War Video; The Civil War, Part 1 Video; The Civil War, Part 2 Video; House Divided Video; Battle Cry Video; Final Stages Video; Unit Quiz.

Unit - Reconstruction
11/30 – 12/4: TAY and Reader Chapter 15; Reconstruction and 1876 Video; What Price Freedom Video; Tattered Remains Video; Unit Quiz; History 1301 Final Quiz. Final Grade issued on 12/10.
Major Assignments
9/8 – 9/13: History 1301 Pre-Test Quiz.
9/14 – 9/20: Exploration and Colonization Unit Quiz.
9/21 – 9/27: Road to Revolt Unit Quiz.
10/5 – 10/11: Revolution and Colonization Unit Quiz.
10/12 – 10/18: Early Republic Unit Quiz.
10/19 – 10/25: Core Project – Electoral College.
10/26 – 11/1: Age of Jackson Unit Quiz.
11/9 – 11/15: Westward Expansion Unit Quiz; Extra Credit Assignment – Diary of a Slave Girl.
11/23 – 11/29: Civil War Unit Quiz.
11/30 – 12/4: Reconstruction Unit Quiz.
12/5 - 12/9: History 1301 Final Quiz.
Final Exam Date December 5, 2020 - 8:00 AM   Through  December 9, 2020 - 8:00 AM
Grading Scale

Determination of
Final Grade

Ten (10) Quizzes: (43%)     Each quiz is worth 300 points.
One (1) Core Project: (8%)     This is a research / video project worth 600 points.
Thirty-Four (34) Assignments: (49%)     Each assignment is worth 100 points

Total Quizzes Points Available = 3000 points
Core Project Points Available = 600 points
Total Assignments Points Available = 3400 points    

Total Available Points = 7000 points.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Time Requirements for this Course:
An online class is not an ‘easier’ class. The time requirements for an online class are similar to a face-to-face class. The standard expectation for a college level class is approximately 10-12 hours a week. A class that is a 3-hour credit class will require 3 hours outside study time for each hour in class. Our class is considered a 3-hour credit class and therefore the additional study/working on assignments time is applicable. Please make sure to adjust your schedule accordingly.

Technology Responsibility:
It is assumed that students registered for an online class are proficient with the
technological/computer requirements and the Blackboard system. A lack of computer proficiency is not an excuse for the failure to submit assignments, etc. It is your responsibility to understand how to navigate Blackboard, upload files, view video, etc. Additionally, students should be aware that much of the responsibility in mastering the material falls to the student. Should you believe that these aspects of the course will be problematic, then it is suggested that you register for an in-class section of the course.

Please keep up with your grades. Students should keep all copies of graded and ungraded work until course grades have been submitted at the end of the semester. A current running average is always available to you in the ‘Current Class Average’ of Blackboard. Your grade will be based solely on your performance on the above listed grades. Additionally, all grades will be posted in Blackboard in a timely manner. Please make sure to read the comments sections included with your grade and, additionally, read the comments on your submitted assignments as I make comments in both places. It is your responsibility to read comments and assessment notes and to make the suggested changes in the future. Graded submissions are timed and will be completed in Blackboard. All graded submissions are due by 11:59 pm on the due date. Make sure you have a stable internet connection before you begin a graded submission.

Quizzes will consist of discussion/essay questions and multiple choice/short answer questions. Students are allowed two (2) days to complete the quiz. Quizzes will cover material from your textbook, reading materials, and video presentations. I will not contact you to find out why you missed an exam and late submissions are not accepted.
If you try to take a quiz having neither read the material or taken notes on the video lectures nor studied the material thoroughly – you will not be successful. Additionally, please plan accordingly when allowing time to complete your quizzes. Generally, quizzes consist of two to three 1 ½ - 2 page essay questions with short answer and multiple choice sections. You cannot complete the quizzes in an hour or two. Students are expected to follow the directions given for the quiz regarding submission, formatting, length, etc.

Quiz Reviews:
Quiz Reviews with terms, personalities, and essay topics are posted at the start of each unit.

Core Project:
The Core Project will be a research assignment on the need for an Electoral College. Students will create a play of two historical figures arguing for and against the proposal. Each group will submit a video of their play. Specific details will be discussed in October.

Assignments are usually worksheets associated with a video or a reading. Assignments will vary based on the source material, so it is very important that you read the directions for each assignment carefully.

Extra Credit:
There is one extra credit assignment offered. It is listed in Blackboard. You may choose to complete it or not. It must be completed by the due date. To receive the extra credit, you must meet the standards set out in the assignment and rubric to a level that illustrates diligence and excellence. A sub-par submission will not receive credit.

Students should put LSCPA History 1301 and the section number ”77E” in the subject line of any email. Identifying your class and section is a good practice in communicating with any instructor. Since we will communicate extensively through email, it is important that students be aware of the tone and structure of their correspondence. All emails should include a greeting, a clear statement of the question or inquiry, your name, and include proper spelling and grammar. 'Texting' abbreviations, lack of punctuation and 'i' are not acceptable. I enjoy getting to know my students through email so please do not hesitate to contact me. All email must come from the student's assigned Lamarpa.edu email address. Emails received in the evening will not get a response until the next day. I do strive to reply to email promptly and within 24 hours.

Readings and Videos:
The reading and video links included in the Content tab are an integral part of the course. They provide students with a resource to gain a deeper understanding of the material. I have chosen selections that I feel will aid in deepening your understanding related to a person, era, event, experience, etc. Some are documentaries or films, some standard lectures from other universities, and others - book discussion by authors - address the subject they have written about but also help you to understand the ‘historian’s craft.’ You should take notes while viewing/reading just as if you were sitting in a classroom listening to a presentation.
Currently, all video links are ‘working’ but sometimes they may, without notice, get moved to a new server, expire or an organization may decide to take down a link. If you notice a broken link during the semester, please let me know and I will look into it and update the selection with a new link or a replacement selection.
Students should make sure that they view and read the material on schedule and take notes just as if you were in a lecture class. Material from the provided videos and readings will be included on quizzes.

Suggestions for the course:
This class moves very quickly and there is very little time to catch up if you get behind. Deadlines are firm. Make it a priority to read daily and to stay on schedule with the readings, videos, quizzes, and
assignments. These take time. Additionally, remember that you not only have to read the material, but you also must make time to study the material. I recommend that students print out the assignment schedule and refer to it daily and plan their schedules accordingly.
Attendance Policy Students are required to log-on to Blackboard daily to stay current regarding class announcements, assignment and quiz dates, and to complete readings, etc. If a student fails to log in on a regular basis, I will assume you are no longer participating in the class and may administratively drop you from the class.
Additionally, failure to log in will affect attendance requirements for financial aid, if applicable.
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
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

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

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
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 the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus E-mail and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal (My.LamarPA.edu). When you've logged in, click the email icon in the upper right-hand corner to check email, or click on the "My Courses" tab to get to your Course Homepage. Click the link to your course and review the information presented. It is important that you check your email and Course Homepage regularly. You can also access your grades, transcripts, and determine who your academic advisor is by using MyLSCPA.
Other Academic Integrity:
Academic integrity is essential to online learning and I take it very seriously. Academic dishonesty will not be accepted in this class. Students are to submit their own work – not the work of others. If you submit other’s work as your own or use resources not allowed during graded submissions not only are you jeopardizing your academic future - but you are paying for an education you are not receiving and, moreover, you are wasting your own time and energy in an effort not to learn. All student submissions are checked for plagiarism and use of any materials not authorized for use during a graded submission is prohibited Should it come to light that you are, you will receive a 0 on the grade and, possibly an F in the class. Assigning an F for the course for plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty is at my discretion if the offence is flagrant or repeated. Please note that I decide if an offence is flagrant or repeated – not the student. You are better off not doing an assignment - as missing a few individual assignments will not cause you to fail - than submitting a questionable product and failing the class.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.