Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: HIST-1301 (Section: 72, CRN: 92865)
United States History I
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Instructor Information
Instructor Tina Kibbe
Email kibbetm@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6229
Office Madison Monroe Education - Room: 228
Office Hours None
Additional Contact Information
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
Required 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.

The American Yawp: A Massively Collaborative Open U.S. History Textbook. Volume I

This is a free, online textbook that you can access through Blackboard
Additional Materials/Resources None.
TSIA complete in reading
Learning Outcomes 1. Create an argument through the use of historical evidence.
2. Analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources.
3. Analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on this period of United States history.
Core Objectives 1. Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
2. 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.
3. Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.
4. Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Lecture Topics Outline
  • The Chesapeake in the 17th Century
  • Puritan New England
  • Slavery & the Atlantic Economy
  • Transitions in the Empire
  • The American Revolution
  • A New Nation
  • The Early Republic
  • The Market Revolution
  • Democracy in America
  • Religion & Reform in America
  • Anti-Slavery Movements
  • Women's Activism
  • Slavery and the Antebellum South
  • Westward Expansion
  • Sectional Crisis
  • The Civil War
  • Reconstruction
Major Assignments Schedule Week 1
December 14-15 
The Chesapeake in the 17th Century and Puritan New England

  • Read over the syllabus and familiarize yourself with Blackboard
  • Syllabus Quiz due by Sunday 12/17 @ 10:00pm

Week 2
December 18-22
The American Revolution/A New Nation/The Early Republic/The Market Revolution/Democracy in America
  • Introduction Discussion Board closes Monday, 12/18 @ 10:00pm
  • Quiz #1 due by Monday, 12/18 @ 10:00pm
  • Video Summary (Marbury v Madison) due by Tuesday, 12/19 @ 10:00pm
  • Video Summary (A New Radical Idea: Republican Motherhood) due by Wednesday, 12/20 @ 10:00pm
  • Quiz #2 due by Thursday, 12/21 @ 10:00pm
  • Initial Post to Mid-Term Discussion Board due by Sunday, 12/24 @ 10:00pm

Week 3
December 19-23
Religion and Reform in the North/Anti-Slavery and Women's Activism/Slavery and the Antebellum South/Westward Expansion
  • Video Summary (Seneca Village) due by Tuesday, 12/26 @ 10:00pm
  • Mid-Term Discussion Board closes Wednesday, 12/27 @ 10:00pm
  • Video Summary (How did Gender Shape the Experiences of Slavery) due by Thursday, @ 10:00pm
  • Discussion Board (#3) due by Wednesday, 12/21 @ 10:00pm
  • Quiz #3 due by Friday, 12/29 @ 10:00pm

Week 4
December 26-29
Sectional Crisis/The Civil War/Reconstruction
  • Bonus Quiz closes Tuesday, 1/2 @ 10:00pm
  • Video Summary (The First Heroic Black Regiment of the Civil War) due by Tuesday, 1/2 @ 10:00pm 
  • Quiz #4 due by Thursday, 1/3 @ 6:00pm
Final Exam Date January 1, 2023 - 6:0 AM   Through  January 3, 2023 - 6:0 PM
Grading Scale

Syllabus Quiz 100
Mid-Term Discussion Board 100
4 Video Summaries (50 pts. each) 200
4 Quizzes (50 pts. each) 200
Total 600

Final Grade Scale
Letter Final Total Pts. Percentage
A 537-600 89.5-100%
B 477-536 79.5-89.4%
C 417-476 69.5-79.4%
D 357-416 59.5-69.4%
F 0-356 0-59.4%

Determination of
Final Grade
Syllabus Quiz 17%
Mid-Term Discussion Board 17%
Video Summaries 33%
Quizzes 33%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Communication:
Students must use your LSC-PA email account, include your first and last name, and your course and section number.
The course is 1301. The section number is 72.
My email is kibbetm@lamarpa.eduand will get back to you usually within 24 hours unless it is a weekend. Emails received after 4:00pm on Fridays may not be answered until Monday.
Please note that most questions can be answered by reading the class syllabus and schedule or consulting the “Course Assignment Help” tab on Blackboard.
I do not use Blackboard email, so you may not get a response if you use the Blackboard messaging system.
For any announcements concerning class, I will send out an email announcement on Blackboard, so please make a point to check often.
You can also make an appointment for an online “real-time” meeting via Blackboard Collaborate. If you find yourself struggling in the class, I recommend doing this since it is difficult to communicate back and forth via email.

Important Information About Taking Quizzes:
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have an adequate amount of time, the proper atmosphere, and a secure connection to the internet to take the exams.
 I strongly suggest using a laptop or desktop computer—not your phone—and using a wired internet connection to avoid wi-fi fluctuations that may occur.
Finally, you should also give yourself enough time to take these quizzes— don’t wait until the last minute—so that if your internet is “down” you can find another place to take it. Blackboard is a stable platform, so the ONLY way I will consider “re-setting” a quiz is if you submit a screenshot or picture of the error message showing that the site itself was at fault.
 Just “forgetting” that you had a quiz is due will not suffice for a reason to re-set it, so do not ask. The quizzes are open from the beginning of the session, so you have plenty of time to take them.
I will not reset a quiz after it closes under any circumstances.

Extra Credit:
There are several opportunities for extra credit built-in to this class available to every student.
          1. On all four quizzes, there are bonus questions providing additional points toward your overall grade accumulation.
          2. For an initial post and two responses to your classmates on the Introduction Discussion Board (Cyber Café) before it closes on Monday, 12/18 @ 10:00pm, you can earn 10 points extra credit. There are no exceptions to this deadline.
          3. There will be a 10-point bonus quiz that will cover material from the entire semester. It will close on Tuesday, 1/2 @ 10:00pm. Any points earned from this bonus quiz will be added to your overall point accumulation.
         4. If you’ve read this far, thank you. You can earn an additional 10 bonus points if you email me a funny cat meme by Friday, 12/15 @ 10:00pm. To earn this extra credit, you must use your LSC-PA email and include your full name, as well as your course and section number by the due date. You will not receive extra credit without all of this information. There are no exceptions to this deadline.
These are the only extra credit opportunities available in this class and, by definition, they are extra credit. This means that students who put forth the time and effort throughout the whole mini session— reading the assigned material, viewing assigned videos, completing assignments, and studying as recommended---will be able to make the most of these extra points. I will not, under any circumstances, entertain any requests at the end of the mini session for an “extra credit assignment” to help improve your grade or pass the class.

Late Assignment Policies:
Meeting deadlines is very important. Submitting assignments on time will allow for timely grading and feedback. In addition, it provides all students with equitable time to complete classwork. I will follow these policies in all cases.
              A) Syllabus Quiz: The syllabus may be submitted up to 3 days late (Wednesday, 12/20 @ 10:00pm) with a 5-point penalty for each late day.
              B) Mid-Term Discussion: This assignment is open from the beginning of the session. Your initial post and your responses to your classmates should be submitted by the due date @ 10:00pm. This is intended to count toward your participation and engagement in the class. Once the Mid-Term Discussion Board has closed (Wednesday, 12/27 @ 10:00pm) you will no longer have access to your classmates’ posts—this means that you cannot participate and engage with other students. As such, no late discussion responses will be accepted.I do not accept emailed discussion responses.
            C) Video Summaries: Video summaries are open from the beginning of the course and are due by 10:00pm on the due date—they can be submitted at any time before the due date/time. Students are required to submit 4 of the 5 video summaries. If all 5 are submitted, the highest 4 scores will count toward your final point total. Because of the flexibility for the submission of these assignments, no late summaries will be accepted. I do not accept emailed video summaries.
            D) Quizzes: Each quiz due date is clearly noted on the syllabus schedule—so please plan your time accordingly. Quizzes may be turned in up to two days late (except for Quiz #4)—with a 10-point penalty for each late day beginning at 10:01pm of the original due date/time. After the late window closes, you will not be able to take the quiz. I will not reset a quiz after the due date/time.

Attendance Policy You must log in to the class on a regular basis. If you fail to log in and submit assignments, I will conclude that you are no longer participating in the class.
Additional Information
Institutional Policies
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus email and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal. You can also access your grades, transcripts, academic advisors, degree progress, and other services through MyLSCPA.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSCPA policies (Academic Dishonesty section in the Student Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
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.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition directly to their local health department. Students should also contact their course faculty to report their quarantine status. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings when directly exposed to COVID 19 in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
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. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSCPA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect As per Texas law and LSCPA policy, all LSCPA employees, including faculty, are required to report allegations or disclosures of child abuse or neglect to the designated authorities, which may include a local or state law enforcement agency or the Texas Department of Family Protective Services. For more information about mandatory reporting requirements, see LSCPA's Policy and Procedure Manual.
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Clery Act Crime Reporting For more information about the Clery Act and crime reporting, see the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report and the Campus Security website.

Grievance / Complaint / Concern 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.
Department Information
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Chair:Steven Zani
Phone:(409) 984-6431