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HIST 111 - United States History I - Adam Morgenstern

Course:United States History I
Professor:Adam Morgenstern
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


Adam Morgenstern

I will be your instructor for the next five weeks. Before we begin, I would like to introduce myself. I studied history at California State, University Northridge. While I teach many different history courses, most of my research was in American history. Aside from teaching, I love to travel, explore my own hometown, and find new restaurants! I also love film, hiking, and cooking.

Course Description

This course surveys American civilization from the Pre-Columbian era through Reconstruction, emphasizing the political, cultural, economic, and social history of the United States. It is a three-unit course that fulfills the Title V American Institutions requirement for the associate’s degree. By the end of the course, students will be familiar with core concepts in United States history prior to the Civil War.

What to Expect in this Course

Although we will not be meeting in person, you will be expected to participate regularly. Please check the course schedule and make a note of all assignment due dates, including exams and reading quizzes.

Reading: In addition to your required reading, I will occasionally post brief articles on Canvas. It is important that you stay up to date with all reading material.

Exams: You will be required to write an essay midterm and an essay final exam based on your assigned reading and the course material. I will provide the questions and prompts one week prior to each exam’s due date. This means that you will have one week to complete each essay. They must be thoroughly researched and well written. You will have plenty of time to gather your thoughts and to write in your own words. Your essays must be at least four double-spaced pages. You will be responsible for uploading your written exams by the deadline.

Reading Quizzes: At the end of each week, there will be a short, timed reading quiz available on Canvas covering the previous week’s reading material. Your reading quizzes will be five questions each and mostly multiple choice with an occasional short answer question. You will have ten minutes and two attempts to complete each quiz. I will only count your higher score. Reading quizzes must be completed each Sunday night by 11:59 p.m. You will take a total of five quizzes and I will drop your lowest score.

Video and Reading Questions: At the beginning of each week, you will watch a few short videos and/or read an article and answer some questions to assess your comprehension of the material. The purpose of this assignment is to help you think critically. You will be expected to provide thoughtful answers for these questions. There is no word count requirement, but you will be graded on your analysis.

Discussion: Throughout the term, I will present you with a thought-provoking discussion question relevant to the topic of the week. You will be required to post an answer to each question and then to respond to at least one of your classmates’ posts. Initial posts must be at least three hundred words and your responses must contain at least one hundred words. You will have the whole week to work on your discussions, so please put some time into them. Since physical attendance is not required, you can think of this as your required class participation.

Research Paper: You will be completing a short research paper towards the end of the term on a topic of your choosing from a list of options. You are expected to use your knowledge of the course material and to conduct your own research. This paper will be between three and five double-spaced pages with your sources properly cited. You will receive more information on this assignment as the term progresses.

Attendance: As mentioned above, this class is completely online and there are no physical meetings. During the first week, you will be required to make an introductory post in the designated discussion section. This will be a simple post so that your classmates and your instructor can get to know you. Please note that if you do not make your post by the first Thursday at 11:59 p.m., you will be dropped as a “no-show.” Each week, I will also post optional discussion questions that will count for your “participation” points. Participation points are not counted numerically. Instead, participation will be documented on a credit/no credit basis. If at the end of the term, you are on the border between two grades and you had consistent participation throughout the term, that may help round your final grade up to the nearest next letter.

Types of Assessments

You will be required to write an essay midterm and an essay final exam based on your assigned reading and the course material. In addition to this, you will have reading quizzes, video and reading questions, discussion board posts, and a short research paper.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

You can obtain the textbook in the College of the Canyons campus bookstore or you may purchase it from a retailer online. If you prefer to purchase the textbook from another seller, please make sure that you purchase the correct volume.

Other Relevant Course Information

I look forward to a productive and enjoyable winter session with you!

Additional Resources


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Last updated: 12/21/2021 Sub#: 1190