We will be doing 7 assignments that correspond with the 7 weeks of the course.   We have the weekly assignments to keep you involved in the  course (some of the assignments will ask you to interact with other students in the course). Some of the assignments are quick and simple, some will help you to do the next assignment, and some are more involved.  So it is a good idea for you to look over all of the assignments as you plan your summer schedule.     While you can work ahead (never get behind), you are encouraged to stay on schedule with your fellow students.  If you have any questions about the schedule, units or assignments, contact your instructors.

  1. Introductions: introduce yourself to the class.Confederate Soldiers A group of volunteers pose in Richmond, Va., shortly before the Battle of First Bull Run (a.k.a. Manassas) in July 1861. Granger Collection
  2. Blog Post: Part 1: “How Historians Know? video assignment.
  3. Project Proposal: decide upon and write about your final project.
  4. Blog Post: Part 2: “How Historians Know?” video assignment.
  5. Project Research: collect together and explain your final project research and research findings.
  6. Blog Post: Part 3: “How Historians Know?” video assignment.
  7. Final Project: submit your final project.

The final project is the key assignment for the course.  So we will actually have you start thinking about assignment 3 (project proposal) the first day of class.  The summer speeds by so we will need to jump on thinking about the final project (in any class, if available, it is always good to read through all of the assignments, put due dates on your calendar, and check to see if any conflicts).

It will also be a good idea at some point to chat with your instructor about your ideas for the final project.  Never hesitate to ask questions, report problems, or ask for more information.  We have set up several ways for you to keep in contact (also don’t hesitate to talk and share with other students in the class).

With this said.  One problem we do face is that the final project will be the largest percentage of your grade.  To guard against getting an unexpected grade at the end of the session, we will be grading assignments 3 and 5 to give you a snapshot of how you are doing in the course.  However, we do know that doing an historical project is a process, one in which we often stumble and fail on our way to a successful end.  Thus if your final project grade is higher than the than project proposal (3) and the project research (5), we will go back and adjust these grades.  In short, it is always good to try harder and realize that a good grade is never ruled out (we will not lower earlier grades if your final project has a lower grade).

Check the schedule regularly for assignment due dates.

*image: Confederate Soldiers
A group of volunteers pose in Richmond, Va., shortly before the Battle of First Bull Run (a.k.a. Manassas) in July 1861.  Granger Collection.