History 420 - Fall 2017 - Dr. Gayle Olson-Raymer
Founders Hall 152

Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-2:45 and by appointment

The course syllabus - available online at http://gorhistory.com/hist420/420Syllabus2017.html - is divided into four parts: Course Description and Reading, Viewing, and Listening Requirements, Course Themes and Course Outline, Student Learning Outcomes, and HSU Policies. Please note the following:

Course Description. This is the capstone course for the SSSE major that introduces you to the California social science content required in our state education standards and the Common Core curriculum and that explores a wide array of teaching methodologies. Additionally, this course incorporates the capstone experience of completing a portfolio of all work completed while working on your courses in the Social Science Major

This course is unique within the History Department because it combines both content and method. While historical content drives the course, the content will be accompanied by various teaching methods that can be used in the secondary classroom to encourage critical analysis and to help you assess what students have learned. Additionally, this course is designed to give you a good understanding of the what it is like to actually teach history and in so doing, to help you decide whether or not you really want to become a history teacher and to embark upon a journey of lifelong learning. And finally, this course is designed to create a collegial community of pre-teachers who will explore specific historical topics, to examine and learn good teaching practices, and to enter into a dialog and engage in debate about how to teach historical content.

Reading, Viewing, and Listening RequirementsIt is essential that you complete the required reading before coming to class on the day of ANY reading, viewing, or listening assignment.

Other requirements:

Required Assignments: There are five types of requirements for this course, each of which are explained in detail below. If you click here, you can access a list of all assignments required for completion of the course.

1. Methods Assignments (425 points).

2. Research Paper and Lesson Plan (270 points).  You will pick ANY TOPIC on either U.S. or World History that corresponds with either the 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade California Social Science Standards. In the first part of this assignment, you will conduct research on your topic and write a short research paper. Then, in the second part of this assignment, you will convert your research paper into a 3-5 day lesson plan. Assignments and dates related to the completion of the research paper and lesson plan are as follows:

Part I: Research. This is where you conduct research on your topic, develop a thesis, write your research paper, and test your thesis based upon the results of your research. There are three separate steps in this part. Please note that you must keep all three assignments and include them in your final portfolio.

  1. Research Topic Selection and completion of Research Worksheet (20 points) due September 26. Click here to access the worksheet.
  2. Research Historiography and completion of Brief Historiography Worksheet (30 points) due October 3rd. Click here to access the worksheet.
  3. Research Paper (50 points) due on October 22nd.
    • Your paper must be no longer than 5 typewritten, grammatically correct pages. Your paper must incorporate the following four components:
      • A discussion of the thesis upon which you originally based your research.
      • A comparison of the differing interpretations of your topic that you researched from at least 2 different sources.
      • Your interpretation of the topic based on evidence gained from your 2 different sources.
      • A concluding statement about how and why your original thesis did or did not change after conducting your research.

Part II: Lesson Plan. This is where you convert the knowledge gained from conducting your research paper into a 3-5 day lesson plan. There are three separate steps in this part. Please note that you must keep all three assignments and include them in your final portfolio.

  1. Lesson Plan Worksheet completion (20 points) due November 2nd. Click here to access the worksheet.
  2. First draft of lesson plan (50 points) due no later than November 17th. You will each make an hour-long appointment with your professor during the week of November 13-17th so you can have a one-on-one discussion of your first draft. NOTE - THIS FIRST DRAFT MEANS YOU MUST ADDRESS ALL REQUIRED COMPONENTS OF THE LESSON PLAN TEMPLATE (found at http://gorhistory.com/hist420/lessontemplate.html) BUT THEY CAN STILL BE IN A DEVELOPING STAGE.
  3. Lesson plan discussion and peer review on December 7th. Each of you will work in groups of 4 to present your lesson plan topic, your hook, a brief synopsis of your lesson, and the methods you used. Each person will have a maximum of 15 minutes to present and answer any questions. As each person presents, the others in the group will complete a peer review which they will give to each person at the end of the discussion. Then, each group will select one person to present their lesson to the entire class.
  4. Final lesson plan (50 points) is due no later than December 15. You will each make an hour-long appointment with your professor during the week of December 11-15 so you can have a one-on-one discussion of your final draft. THIS FINAL LESSON PLAN MUST FULLY AND COMPLETELY ADDRESS ALL REQUIRED COMPONENTS OF THE LESSON PLAN TEMPLATE (found at http://gorhistory.com/hist420/lessontemplate.html). Please note that with your final lesson plan, you must include the first draft with your professor's comments.

3. Cold Call Reviews (60 total points or 10 points each for 6 cold calls ). On the 13 days that you have required reading/viewing/listening, I will pose questions directly related to the assignment to all students who are present. Because I will not ask for volunteers, you must be ready each day you have a required reading/viewing/listening assignment to engage in a collegial discussion about the assignment. You will be called on at least six times; if you are called on more often, you will receive extra credit points.

4. Exit Survey (20 points). The survey is designed to help History faculty understand more about our majors - your background and interest in history; what courses were and were not most beneficial to you as an SSSE major; and what skills were best taught and what skills should be improved in your required courses. Additionally, the survey compiles data about courses offered or not offered in the History Department; about the strengths or weaknesses of other history offerings (History Club, History Conference, Majors Meetings, History Day); about the strengths or weaknesses of advising for the major; and about any suggested changes to strengthen the experiences for future majors. You will receive information about how to access the survey sometime during the first several weeks of classes. You must have completed the survey no later than December 14th.

5. Portfolio (50 points). The portfolio consists of major written works produced for required courses in the History-SSSE major, including research and lesson plans written and designed for required courses as well as any other major research and writing assignments completed in your history courses. You must turn in your portfolio during your scheduled one-on-one meeting with me between December 11-15. The final portfolio must be submitted in a well-organized folder that includes each of the following components:

Grades. You have an opportunity to earn 850 possible points. The grade breakdown is as follows:

Course Themes and Course Outline

Course Themes. Four broad themes about historical methodology will be interwoven throughout the course content:

Introduction: Understanding the complexities of teaching history (August 22 - August 24). This unit focuses on understanding the controversies surrounding the teaching of history and introduces some methodological approaches to teaching history in the secondary classroom.

Unit I: Analyzing the characteristics and responsibilities of good history teachers and the lessons they teach. (August 29-October 5) This unit focuses on the characteristics of good history teachers, the elements of excellent lesson plans, and the types of teaching methods that keep students interested in history.

Unit II: Teaching the Constitution (October 5 - October 31). This unit focuses on gaining a better understanding of the controversy, conflict, and compromise surrounding the creation of the Constitution - and how to teach about the important consequences.

Unit III: Teaching the Era of Manifest Destiny - Progress is not always progressive (October 31-December 5). This unit is designed to deliver content on the era of Manifest Destiny while also incorporating many teaching methods we have already discussed as well as new ones.

Unit IV: Wrapping it up. (December 7-December 15). This final unit is designed to wrap up everything we have learned by presenting our lesson plans and receiving peer reviews, completing the online course evaluation and the exit survey, turning in the portfolio, and conferring with your professor about the final draft of your lesson plan.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this course are designed with the SLOs for all Humboldt State University courses as well as for the SLOs required for the Department of History.

Student Learning Outcomes for HSU:

Student Learning Outcomes for History 420 connect to the above SLOs for HSU as well as the SLOs for the History Department. The Department's SLOs are noted in bold below and the specific SLOs for History 420 are noted in bullets under each.

HSU Policies

Please note that you are responsible for knowing the following information about HSU policies:

Academic Honesty. Students are expected to maintain high standards of academic honesty and integrity. For HSU's definitions of academic honesty and cheating, as well as the consequences of and appeal process for being accused of cheating, see http://studentaffairs.humboldt.edu/judicial/academic_honesty.php. In History 395, you will be expected to work on your own - attend class and your school placement as well as completing the pre- and post-essays. While you are free to collaborate with one another outside of class, while in class and at your placement, your work must be your own.

Add/Drop policy: Students are responsible for knowing the University policy, procedures, and schedule for dropping or adding classes found at http://www.humboldt.edu/~reg/regulations/schedadjust.html

Emergency evacuation: The evacuation plan for the classroom, which is posted on the orange signs, can be accessed at http://studentaffairs.humboldt.edu/emergencyops/campus_emergency_preparedness.php During an emergency, information can be found campus conditions at:  826-INFO or online at http://www.humboldt.edu/~humboldt/emergency.

Attendance and disruptive behavior: Students are responsible for knowing policy regarding attendance and disruptive behavior found at http://studentaffairs.humboldt.edu/judicial/attendance_behavior.php

Students with Disabilities: Persons who wish to request disability-related accommodations should contact the Student Disability Resource Center in the Learning Commons, Lower Library, 826-4678 (voice) or 826-5392 (TDD). Some accommodations may take up to several weeks to arrange. http://www.humboldt.edu/disability/