Summer Sessions 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: HIST-1301 (Section: 71, CRN: 60462)
United States History I
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Instructor Information
Instructor Tina Kibbe
Phone (409) 984-6229
Office Madison Monroe Education - Room: 228
Office Hours via Blackboard Collaborate by appointment. 
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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
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.
Corequisites/Prerequisites 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
  • Read the syllabus
  • Familiarize yourself with our Blackboard course site
  • Syllabus Quiz by Thursday, 6/8 @ 10:00pm
  • Video Summary #1 by Friday, 6/9 @ 10:00pm
Week 2
  • Quiz 1 by Monday, 6/12 @ 10:00pm
  • Video Summary #2 by Tuesday, 6/13 @ 10:00pm
  • Video Summary #3 by Thursday, 6/15 @ 10:00pm
  • Quiz 2 by Friday, 6/16 @ 10:00pm
Week 3
  • Video Summary #4 by Tuesday, 6/20 @ 10:00pm
  • Quiz 3 by Friday, 6/23 @ 10:00pm
Week 4
  • Video Summary #5 by Tuesday, 6/27 @ 10:00pm
  • Quiz 4 by Friday, 6/30 @ 10:00pm
Week 5
  • Video Summary #6 by Monday, 7/3 @ 10:00pm
  • Bonus Quiz by Thursday, 7/6 @ 10:00pm
  • Final Exam by Friday, 7/7 @ 10:00pm

Final Exam Date July 3, 2023 - 6:0 AM   Through  July 7, 2023 - 10:0 PM
Grading Scale
Assignment Points
Syllabus Quiz 50
5 Video Summaries (50 pts. each) 250
4 Quizzes 200
Final Exam 100
Total 600
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 50pts. (8%)
Video Summaries (50 pts. each)  250 pts. (42%)
Quizzes (50 pts. each) 200 pts. (33%)
Final Exam 100 pts. (17%)
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Course Assignment Information

I. Syllabus Quiz:
The first assignment is a required Syllabus Quiz. This is to ensure that you understand the requirements of the course. The Syllabus Quiz is due by Thursday, 6/8 @ 10:00pm.
II. Video Summaries:You are required to turn in a short summary for five of the assigned videos—these are noted on the syllabus and on Blackboard.
1. Your summary should be at least 200 words. These are not a blow-by-blow account of the video—you should watch the video, then summarize it in your own words. You should then pose your own discussion question connected to the topic of the video. You do not have to answer the discussion question; just pose a question that could open up further discussion about what you’ve observed in the video and what you’ve learned overall. This will demonstrate your understanding of the video and its historical context. 
2. These assignments must be attached and submitted as either a Word document or a PDF using the link located within the week/day they are due on Blackboard.
3. If any portion of a Video Summary is plagiarized—this includes copying the closed-captioning—you will receive a zero for the assignment—with no possibility for makeup.
4. You are only required to submit 5 out the 6 video summary assignments. (see Late Assignment Policies for more information)
*Video Summary links are open from the beginning of the session and may be submitted at any time before their due dates/times.
*I do not accept any emailed video summaries.
*Video Summaries have rubrics attached to them to help structure your responses. I will use the rubric to grade these assignments.
III. Quizzes:There will be four quizzes over the course of this summer session. They are designed to test your knowledge and understanding of the course material. As such, it’s not just about memorizing the definitions of terms, you should be able to demonstrate that you understand the historical context.
1. Each quiz consists of 20 multiple-choice questions plus bonus questions, and you will have 22 minutes to complete them.
2. You have two attempts at each quiz, and your highest score will count toward your final point total.
3. Each quiz must be completed in one session—you cannot pause and restart it, so you should plan ahead.
4. Each quiz will open on Tuesday @ 6:00am of the week it is due. Quizzes may be turned in up to two days late with a penalty of 5 points deducted for each late day. (See the late assignment policies)
IV. Final Exam: There will be a final exam at the end of the course that covers material from the entire course worth 100 points. This exam will consist of 40 multiple-choice questions and will be timed for 45 minutes. There is only one attempt allowed for this exam. This exam is comprehensive—however, it will be more heavily weighted to cover material from the end of the course.
1. The final exam must be completed in one session—you cannot pause and restart it. Therefore, you should plan ahead and allow enough time to complete it.
2. This exam will open on Monday, 7/3 @ 6:00am. It will be open and available only until Friday, 7/7 @ 10:00pm. Because of the time constraints associated with calculating and posting final grades, you will not be able to take the exam after it closes.

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. Since the syllabus provides considerable flexibility, I will follow these policies in all cases to ensure that all students are treated equitably.
A) Syllabus Quiz: You can submit the syllabus quiz up to 4 days late (Monday, 6/12 @ 10:00pm), with a 5-point deduction for each late day.
B) Video Summaries: Video summaries are open from the beginning of the course and are due by 10:00pm on the due date. Students are required to submit 5 of the 6 video summaries. If all 6 are submitted, your highest 5 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.
C) Quizzes: Each quiz due date is clearly noted on the syllabus schedule and is open for 4 days—so please plan your time accordingly. Quizzes may be taken at any time while they are open. However, quizzes may be turned in up to two days late with a 5-point penalty for each late day. After the late window closes, you will not be able to take the quiz.
D) Final Exam: I essentially have a no make-up policy for the final exam. The final exam is open for 5 days and students may take the exam at any time while it is open. The dates are set from the beginning of the course, so plan your time accordingly.
Because of the time constraints associated with calculating and posting final grades by the LSC-PA deadline, students will not be able to take the final exam after it is closed.
If Blackboard malfunctions or you have a problem with your internet while taking a quiz or exam, you must contact me immediately. You need to include your full name and class and section number.
Quizzes and the final exam are randomly drawn from large question pools. This means that if for some reason you need a quiz or the final reset, you will most likely not have the same set of questions.
I will not reopen or reset an exam after the due date/time under any circumstances.

For any questions or concerns not covered in the syllabus or weekly schedule, please email me at kibbetm@lamarpa.eduand 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. Please note that most questions can be answered by reading the class syllabus and schedule.
I do not use Blackboard email, so you may 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 course and section number. The course is 1301. The section number is 71.
I will send out announcements often 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.

Attendance Policy Attendance/Participation:
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

Time Requirements for this Course:
The time needed for this class is substantial. This summer class moves very quickly and there is very little time to catch up if you get behind. Make it a priority to read daily and to stay on schedule with the readings, videos, and assignments. These take time. I recommend that students print out the assignment schedule and refer to it daily and plan their schedules accordingly.
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
Inmate Instruction
Chair:Steven Zani
Phone:(409) 984-6431