of the two-course hybrid package,
History 151 and
CHART: Click at left to see a chart which shows how the
two courses are connected.
(NOTE: for the complete and "official"
explanation, see the course syllabus for each course.)
The following is maybe more info than you want in a brief
but here it is anyway:
1. These are interdisciplinary courses.
They are designed to fit into either an 8 or a 16 week format.
2. Each course is valued at 3 credit
completely transferable I.A.I. course credit. You may also be taking
course through the Illinois Community College Online program (ILCCO).
the total will be 6 hours of transferable credit.) They are regular
from out of the course catalog, and apply to degree requirements all
the state and everywhere else on the planet I have ever heard of, but
do check with the Transfer Specialist in the Admissions Office of your
transfer institution just to make sure.
3. COURSE REQUIRMENTS: HERE IS THE DEAL
The single term
paper you will write
for your RHETORIC class
will also serve as your term paper in the HISTORY
Note the economizing! You write one paper, you get two
grades!! In support of the Term Paper, I will request that
you meet with me between 3--5 times for special writing and / or
history workshops of
approx. 4 hours each. The plan at the moment is to hold them on Fridays
at noon. (Snacks provided,
usually pizza.) Here are
the other general requirements for each course:
the history text is a standard history survey text called Out of
Many by Faragher. A used copy will be OK. But
here's the nice thing:
are 17 chapters
in the book. But we will only read 12 of them, starting
with Chapter 6. It averages out to about 1
week @ 25 pages per chapter, across 16 weeks.
That comes to about 25 pages max per week in
[In an 8 week
term, it is approx. 1.5 chapters per week.] There are 5
choice exams, but I drop your lowest
score of the 5. Each one is 25 questions each (plus optional bonus
questions). There may or may not be one or two written paragraphs in
place of a few of the multiple choice questions.
As you know, there is a Term Paper.
Other than that, students need to make a short answer
response to a question from the reading from each chapter
that is related to the Civil War in some way, just so I can give
a "participation" grade.
RHETORIC READING AND WRITING:
5. THE BOTTOM
LINE: I think that
taking this "combo" a student will wish that all of his or
courses could be structured
in this way. And as for the "stress level", you will
never get 6 credit hours for so little stress again in your
- read a short course text called Writing Research Papers and use as
a reference another little pamphlet called Writing for College History.
- do the online exercises that
are associated with each chapter in the text
- participate in the Bulletins & Discussions area
- submit 4 brief pieces of
writing which are designed to increase your writing and compositional
- submit a term
paper at the end of the 8 (or 16) weeks
familiarity with techniques of research as well as competence as a
writer. The paper will cover some aspect or event or personality
related to the American Civil War. It also counts as your U.S. History
term paper, as mentioned above.
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