They Say I Say

Topics: Writing, Essay, Olaudah Equiano Pages: 14 (3706 words) Published: June 12, 2013
HIST 17A-01 Spring 2013

Course # 00960 US History, Origins to Early National Era MTWR 10:30-11:20 AM in MLC 105

Instructor: David Howard-Pitney, Office F21Q, Phone 864-8559 Office Hours: M 11:40-12:30, T & W 9:00-9:50, Th 2:30-3:20 or Appointment E-mail:

1. Roark,, The American Promise, 4th Compact edition, Vol. I. 2. Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
3. Autobiography of Ben Franklin with Related Documents

4. Course Syllabus is on CourseStudios: Access online thru Portal at Once there, click on Students tab. Under My Courses, open Go To My Courses and Instructor Email and find our class section and its CourseStudio. If you lack internet access, or are having issues with your computer, you may wish to use the Open Media Lab. The Open Media Lab has 100 computers available on the basement level of the library west building, and is open from 8-5 or 9-5 Monday through Friday. Students must have an ID card in order to print or use any of the computers in the lab. The computers run both Microsoft windows and Mac OS, enabling students to work with whichever format they prefer. Black and white printing is .10 / page, color is .75 / page. Please inform me during the first week if accessing course materials via CourseStudio is an obstacle for you. Also, feel free to come see me in my office for individual help on this. 5. 3 Brown #2052 Scantron forms for exams

OPTIONAL (Unrequired) Materials: 1. The Bedford Glossary for U.S. History 2. The Online American Promise Textbook Study Guide available for free at

GRADED WORK: There are FOUR EQUAL PARTS OF THE COURSE GRADE worth 100 points each, for 400 possible total points:

2 MIDTERM EXAMS for 100 pts. ea; 1 ESSAY ASSIGNMENT (see Essay directions on Course Studio) for 100 pts.; and 1 FINAL EXAM for 100 pts.. (Also, in close cases, 1-to-10 points may be either added or subtracted, for individual conduct).

Exams consist of multiple choice questions, true/false statements, and short answers. Students are expected to take exams on their regularly scheduled dates! If you miss a scheduled exam, you must take a make-up exam within two weeks. After one week, there is a 10 point penalty. Make-Ups Exams must be taken in an Office Hour. Just One Make-up Exam is Allowed. A make-up will be an all-essay exam.

NECESSARY TIME COMMITMENT: Substantial out-of-class study and preparation are necessary for success. Plan on spending at least twice as much time studying outside of class as time spent in the classroom. If you MUST miss a session, as early as possible contact me to tell why. People may be instructor-dropped for insufficient attendance; generally no more than 4 absences during the course is permissible. But remember, if you wish to drop the course, it is always your responsibility to do so; don't rely on the instructor to drop you!

EXTRA-CREDIT OPTION: Students may wish to enroll in the Skills Center course, SKIL 132. It is for one-half unit of credit and requires a total of 12 hours work at the Skills/Tutorial Center, mainly in meetings with fellow students guided by a Student Instructor. Besides reviewing course material, this course teaches general study skills such as textbook reading, class note-taking, and exam taking—which are real lifesavers in this and all courses-- and it actively uses our history course’s materials.

Students who pass SKIL 132 receive 40 points of extra credit toward their History class grade.

The maximum amount that any combination of extra-credit may raise your History class grade is one letter grade.

I urge all students to seek assistance on their writing, either one-on-one with me or at the Writing & Reading Center (WRC). The WRC is in ATC 309;...

Cited: Equiano, Olaudah. Robert J. Allison, ed. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Written by Himself, With Related Documents, Second edition. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2007
FORMAT RULES: Follow These Instructions Exactly, please.
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