The instructor will give an unsatisfactory mid-semester report for anyone with a grade of D or below on work completed at that time. Students must complete ALL major speaking and writing assignments (including drafts) to pass this course. All assignments will be marked a full letter grade for each day it is late, including weekends. Below is the grade breakdown:

  • Class Participation: 10% [including introductory presentation and about me]
  • Blogging: 10%
  • Secondary Source Analysis: 10%
  • Historiography Project: 70%
    • Literature Review Topic Assignment: 10%
    • Annotated Bibliography: 10%
    • Book Review: 20%
    • Timeline: 10%
    • Final Presentation: 10%
    • Literature Review: 40%

Grading Rationale:

Academic performance is rated according to the following system:

A            4.00 quality points—Excellent

A-          3.70 quality points

B+          3.30 quality points

B            3.00 quality points—Commendable

B-          2.70 quality points

C+          2.30 quality points

C            2.00 quality points—Acceptable

C-           1.70 quality points

D+          1.30 quality points

D            1.00 quality points—Marginal

F            0.00 quality points—Failure

Honor Code:

The instructor believes that the Honor Code is an essential, positive component of the Mary Washington experience.  You should know that if you cheat or plagiarize in this class, you will be taken to the Honor Council.  So, do not do it.  On the other hand, I also believe that having friends or family read and comment on your writing can be extremely helpful and falls within the bounds of the Honor Code (assuming the writing itself remains yours).  If you have questions about these issues, then you should talk to me as soon as possible.


If a student receives services through the Office of Disability Services and requires accommodations for this class, please make an appointment with the instructor as soon as possible to discuss his/her approved accommodation needs.  Bring the accommodation letter with you to the appointment.  The instructor will hold any information the student shares in the strictest confidence unless the student gives the instructor permission to do otherwise.  If a student needs accommodations (note taking assistance or extended time for tests), please consult with the Office of Disability Services (x1266) about the appropriate documentation of a disability.

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