Summer Sessions 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: HIST-1301- Section: 72
United States History I
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Instructor Information
Instructor Tina Kibbe
Phone(409) 984-6229
Location:Madison Monroe Education - Room: 228
Hours:Online via Blackboard Collaborate
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
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 None
Learning Outcomes After successfully completing this course, students will be expected to:
1. Relate the events that led to the exploration and colonization of early America
2. Summarize reasons for colonial discontent and actions that led to revolution and independence
3. Demonstrate an understanding of our documents of democracy
4. Describe our foreign policy as it developed in the 19th century
5. Analyze stages of economic development as the United States became an industrialized nation
6. Realize the causes of sectionalism as they moved us toward civil war
7. 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.
* 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.

The American Yawp: A Massively Collaborative Open U.S. History Textbook, Volume I: Before 1877, eds. Locke, Joseph, and Wright

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, by Harriet Jacobs
Lecture Topics
Week 1
The Chesapeake in the 17th Century; Puritan New England/British North America; British North America/Slavery and the Atlantic Economy; Transitions in the Empire

Week 2
Toward a Revolution; The American Revolution; The New Nation/The Early Republic

Week 3
The Market Revolution; Democracy in America; Religion and Reform; Anti-Slavery Movements/Women's Activism

Week 4
Slavery and the Antebellum South/Westward Expansion; Sectional Crisis

Week 5
The Civil War; Reconstruction
Major Assignments
Week 1: Course introduction; syllabus review; Introduction Discussion Board; pre-test; Week One Quiz
Week 2: Video Summary (#1); Discussion Board #1; Week Two Quiz
Week 3: Video Summary (#2); Discussion Board #2; Week Three Quiz
Week 4: Video Summary (#3); Week Four Quiz; Writing Assignment
Week 5: Discussion Board (#3); Optional 5th Quiz; Final Exam
Final Exam Date July 7, 2021 - 6:0 AM   Through  July 11, 2021 - 6:0 PM
Grading Scale A 627-700 (90-100%)
B 557-626 (80-89%)
C 487-556 (70-79%)
D 417-486 (60-69%)
F 0-416 (0-59%)
Determination of
Final Grade
Introduction Discussion Board                 50 pts. (7%)            
Syllabus Quiz                          25 pts. (4%)            
2/3 Discussion Board Posts (50 pts. each)        100 pts.(14%)            
2/3 Video Summaries     (50 pts. each)            100 pts.(14%)            
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl assignment    100 pts.(14%)            
4/5 Weekly Quizzes (50 pts. each)            200 pts. (29%)                
Final Exam                         125 pts. (18%)
Total                         700 pts.                        

*Your final grade is the result of your overall accumulation of points.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Communication:
For any questions or concerns not covered in the syllabus or weekly schedule, please email me at and I will get back to you as quickly as I can—usually within 24 hours unless it is a weekend. Emails received after 4:00pm on Fridays may not be answered until Monday.
I do not use Blackboard email, so you will not get a response if you use the Blackboard messaging system.
In addition, when you email me you must use your LSC-PA email account, include your first and last name, and your class and section number. The class is 1301. The section number for this course is 72.
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.

Late Assignment Policy:
    A) Discussion Board Responses: Discussion board responses open from the beginning of the course. Your initial post and your response to another student is due by the due date @ 6:00pm. They are intended to count toward your participation and engagement in the class. As such, no late discussion responses will be accepted. You can miss 1 assignment with no penalty. If you complete all the discussion board responses, your lowest grade will be dropped.
B) Writing Assignment: You may turn your paper in early. Late assignments will be accepted only up to two days after the due date and will be penalized ten points for each late day. No writing assignments will be accepted after this two-day grace period.
C) Video Summaries: Video summaries are open from the beginning of the course and should be submitted by 6:00pm on their due date. Late video summaries will be accepted only up to one day after the due date and will be penalized ten points.
D) Quizzes/Final Exam: I essentially have a no make-up policy for quizzes and the final exam. For the quizzes, you are only required to submit 4 out of 5 quizzes, so if you miss one it will not affect your grade. For the Final Exam, I only have a limited amount of time to get final grades in by the deadline, so if there is a situation that affects all the days that the Final Exam is open, you must contact me immediately.
The quizzes and Final Exam are open for several days each. You should plan out your time accordingly.
The only way that I will re-set a quiz or the Final Exam would be if the Blackboard site itself malfunctioned and if that is the case, you need to provide a screenshot or picture of the error message with your request to re-set it. In addition, I reserve the right to administer a different version of the quiz or exam.

Important Information About Taking Quizzes and Exam:
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 quizzes and the Final Exam.
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 the quizzes and the final exam— 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 or the Final Exam 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 or exam due will not suffice for a reason to re-set it, so do not ask. You have plenty of time to take the quizzes and the final exam, so plan ahead.

Attendance Policy Since this is an online class, your attendance/participation will be graded through your participation in discussion forums with other students and myself. It is important that you keep up with the discussions and make every effort to fully participate.
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.
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Inmate Instruction
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.