Class Participation and Attendance

Class participation will be part of your final grade.  Its contribution to your final grade will be based on how well you prepare for class discussions, how well you contribute to them, and attendance.   Attendance will be taken at every class. On those days when a reading or viewing assignment is due, students must write a comment or question about the assigment on a 4x6 card.The cards will be collected but not graded. For more information on attendance, see the attendance policy for this course, which can be reached by clicking on this link


There will be two examinations in this course, a mid term on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at the regular class time and a final examination on Monday, December 13, 2010 at 10:30 am.. Both exams will be administered in our regular classroom.

Two examples of outstanding answers to the mid term examination can be found here.

Interview/Paper Assignment

Each student must find two people to interview who were born at least thirty years apart.   Based on these interviews, you must write a ten-page paper (about 2500 words) comparing and contrasting the growing up experiences of these two people.  This paper should concern itself with at least some of the following  questions.  How were their experiences the same?  How were they different?  How did important events like the Depression, World War II, the civil rights movement, the Viet Nam war, the Gulf War, or the feminist movement affect their lives when they were growing up?  What was it like to go to school, get a job, make a date, play a sport, go to the movies, listen to music or watch TV.  What did their parents expect of them as children and teenagers?  What did they expect of themselves?  What can we learn about growing up in America by listening to these two people?

An outline of this project must be posted to the Discussion Board on the course web site by 10:00 am Friday, November 5, 2010.  This outline must describe the two people who will be interviewed.  Without identifying them by name, it should tell us something about them.  For example, when were they born?  Where were their parents born?  Where did they grow up?  How long did they go to school?

Before you interview these people for this class you must get their written permission to do so.  Click here to find a form you can use.

Due date: Friday December 3, 2010

Papers will not be accepted after December 6, 2010.  Papers submitted between December 3rd and December 6th will be reduced by a full grade.