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What You Should Already Know

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Learning Objectives

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Assignments

Summary: 8 computer-graded assignments and two Instructor-graded assignments, may be resubmitted once for a fee

Each of the lessons ends with a computer graded Speedback Assignment.  These test you on the information from that Lesson and they count toward your grade.

The course has a Self Check quiz after each objective.  These quizzes don’t count toward your grade but are designed to prepare you for the lesson Speedback and for the course final.

Each lesson also has a journal write.  Keep all of your journal entries in the same document labeled with each lesson i.e. Lesson 1 Journal Entry.  At the end of the course you will submit your journal document with all eight entries.  Each entry is worth 1 percent of your grade totaling 8 percent.

There are eight portfolio activities in this course, one per lesson.  Save each assignment as you complete it, and at the end of the course you will turn in all eight activities at once. 

Submitting Assignments

To make sure that your assignments can be opened by your instructor save all your work as Rich Text Format (.rtf).  And submit them by following the instructions below.

It’s very important that you submit all of the assignments for a portfolio at the same time. Here’s how to submit your completed portfolio assignments:

  1. Click the Portfolio Submission or Journal Sumbission link in your course.
  2. Click Open.
  3. Attach all of the relevant assignments by clicking the Choose File button, then locating the file you wish to submit.
  4. To attach additional files, click Add Attachment and use the Choose File button to locate and upload the next file. Make sure you attach every file you need to include in the portfolio assignment.
  5. When you are finished, click Submit.
  6. You will be asked if you are sure you want to submit this assignment. Click Yes.
  7. You will receive a message that tells you that you have successfully submitted your assignment. Click OK.

Remember: Do not submit any assignment until you have completed all of the assignments for the portfolio or journal!

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Exams

Summary: 1 computer-graded exam, may retake once for a fee, must pass to earn credit for the course

There is one comprehensive exam. There are seventy-five questions on the exam, and about two-thirds of the questions will be very similar to the Self Check and Speedback assignments. The final exam is worth 20 percent of your final grade.

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Grading

This course is organized to help students who work hard and those who apply themselves do extremely well. The grading breakdown is as follows:

  1. The Speedback assignment at the end of the first eight lessons is worth 5 percent of your final grade, so the eight lessons are worth 40 percent.
  2. The journal entry for each of the first eight lessons is worth 1 percent of your final grade, so the journal entries are worth a total of 8 percent.
  3. The activity for each of the first eight lessons is worth 5 percent of your final grade, so the activities are worth a total of 32 percent.
  4. The final exam is worth 20 percent of your final grade. However, you must score at least 60 percent on the final exam to pass the course!
Assignment Percentage Weights Assignment Percentage
Speedbacks 40%
Journals 8%
Portfolio 32%
Exam 20%

Grading Scale

A 100–93 C 74–73
A– 92–88 C– 72–71
B+ 87–84 D+ 70–67
B 83–80 D 66–63
B– 79–77 D– 62–60
C+ 76–75 E (fail) 59–

Activities

The activity for each lesson will make up 4 percent of your final grade, so the activities from all eight lessons will be 32 percent of your final grade. The following rubric shows how I will grade the activities. This rubric consists of the same grading rubrics you have encountered after each activity.


Activities

Not Acceptable
0 points

Acceptable
1 point

Good
2–3 points

Excellent
4 points

Lesson 1: Venn Diagram

Similarities and differences are not correct. Ideas are not expressed well.

Similarities and differences are mostly correct. Ideas are basic.

Similarities and differences are correct. Ideas are thought out.

Similarities and differences are correct and show a high understanding of the North and South.

Lesson 2: one-page paper on the causes of the Civil War

Paper is less than one page and is poorly written with incomplete thoughts.

Paper is one full page with some mistakes, but identifies some causes of the Civil War.

Paper is one full page with few mistakes identifying important causes of the Civil War.

Paper is one full page with no mistakes identifying the major causes of the Civil War.

Lesson 3: invention advertisement

Advertisement is missing two of the following: drawing, slogan, or reason for buying the product.

Advertisement is missing one component, but shows a basic understanding of why people invent.

Advertisement has the three components, showing both creativity and a good understanding of why people invent.

Advertisement has the three components, showing excellent creativity and understanding of why people invent.

Lesson 4: propaganda poster

Poster is not colorful and shows neither creativity nor understanding of propaganda.

Poster contains some color and creativity, showing some understanding of propaganda.

Poster is colorful and creative, showing a good understanding of propaganda.

Poster is very colorful and creative, showing an outstanding understanding of propaganda.

Lesson 5: culture poem

Poem has fewer than twelve lines and expresses little cultural understanding.

Poem has fewer than sixteen lines and expresses some cultural understanding.

Poem has sixteen lines and expresses cultural understanding.

Poem has sixteen lines and expresses an outstanding cultural understanding.

Lesson 6: book report

Book report is not fully complete and shows little or no evidence of having read the book.

Book report is complete and shows a basic understanding of the plot.

Completed book report shows a good understanding of the plot and the characters.

Completed book report synthesizes the plot, character relationships, and theme of the book.

Lesson 7: timeline

Timeline contains fewer than fourteen events in chronological order.

Timeline contains fewer than eighteen events and/or events are out of order.

Timeline has eighteen events in chronological order; gives a basic description of each event

Timeline has eighteen events in chronological order and gives an in-depth description of each event.

Lesson 8: one-page paper on the impact of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Paper is less than one page and/or not thoughtfully organized. Shows little understanding of the impact of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Paper is one page with some organization. Shows a basic understanding of the impact of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Well-organized paper shows a good understanding of the impact of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Paper is well organized and gives many thought-out examples of the impact of Martin Luther King, Jr.

You can complete most of these activities in a word processor. However, for the Venn diagram activity in Lesson 1; the Invention Advertisement in Lesson 3 and the Propaganda Poster in Lesson 4, you can choose to use a layout software program, like Adobe InDesign or Microsoft Publisher, if you know how to use these programs. You can also draw the activity on paper and scan the document and save it as a .PDF file that can be upload to Brainhoney.

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Course Duration

You have 1 year to complete this course. You may purchase a 3-month extension if you need more than a year to complete the course.

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How to Succeed

Here are a few recommendations to help you study.

  1. You can take notes as you read, write in the margins, color-code items of interest, or make an outline of key lesson points.
  2. Read the text thoughtfully and carefully; I have tried to make the text interesting and meaningful. The reading shouldn’t be extremely intense or time consuming. I think you will enjoy Milkweed. It will help you better understand the Holocaust during World War II. Knowing the material in the text is essential to doing well in the course.
  3. Answer the Self Check questions in your own words. Doing so is a good indicator that you have grasped the lesson. Then check the answer key to verify your comprehension.
  4. Complete the journal entries while reading each lesson. As you answer each question, reflect on the concepts surrounding the question. Making connections with the text is a proven technique to improve comprehension.
  5. You can download and save documents at the end of each lesson to record your journal entries and complete the activities; however, you may also type them in a separate document. Keep your journal entries and activities together so they are easy to find when it is time to submit them.
  6. Complete your lesson activities before taking the Speedback assignments. Some Speedback questions stem from material presented in these activities.
  7. The mind forgets things! Review your notes before taking the Speedback assignments and final exam. Going over your notes will help keep the material fresh.

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor. You can find a list of free tutors available to BYU Independent Study students on the Free Tutoring Services website.

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Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is defined as the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one’s own original work. This may also include when a student copies and pastes directly from another source and passes it off as his or her own, copies computer-generated text from a translation tool and uses it as his or her own, or fails to cite a source after loosely summarizing its content in his or her own words.

As determined by your instructor or the BYU Independent Study administration, if evidence of academic misconduct on assignments or exams is established, one of the two following consequences will apply to each incidence:

First Offense of Plagiarism

Second Offense of Plagiarism

Inappropriate Use of Course Content

All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, media, lecture content, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any such course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.