Need Help-Hist 110

Need Help-Hist 110

Reading Journal for Hist 110:  America Since the Civil War


In the journal you will write observations and reflections on topics you find interesting in The American Promise and Reading the American Past.  You turn in the journal three times.  Each segment of the journal will relate to a few of the chapters we are discussing.  You do not actually have to write about every chapter.


Each time you turn in the journal, please include comments on at least three primary source documents in Reading the American Past.  When you use the documents, notice how they relate to the history we are learning in The American Promise.  You are also encouraged to use maps, special sections, or pictures that can help us gain insight into the time periods.


You will probably do your best work if you write about a few topics that you find interesting.  You may also devote some of your journal to sharing insights about your overall learning in the class, and how you are developing as a student and as a historical thinker.


You can earn 60 points for about four pages of good quality writing.  Please double space.  You may use any style, but please divide your writing into paragraphs so it is easy to read.


Keys to Success:

  • When you use a document, please mention it and put the title of the document in bold.
  • Relate the documents or other special features to the history you are learning in the chapter.
  • When you see a source from the past (or present), consider the author’s perspective.
  • Reflect on how the reading relates to your own knowledge, experiences, cultural attitudes, etc.



Suggested Journal Prompts (these are just suggestions):


  1. What did you learn from the documents in this section? What did you find surprising?  How does the material in this chapter relate to what you learned earlier, perhaps in other classes?


  1. What events do you see here that have shaped the world we live in today?


  1. If you did a movie set in the time period of this section, what would be the key elements in your movie? Tell how you imagine the characters, and what challenges they would deal with.


  1. How might we understand the history differently from someone living in the time period?


  1. How do the documents help you understand the era? What are some important factors to consider when looking at these documents?


  • How are these readings, or other activities in the class, helping you grow as a critical thinker?

Need Help-Hist 110

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