US History Syllabus

Standardized Syllabus

HIS105OA – US History

Fall 2017 (3 Credits)



Henry Laboranti


570-265-3449 Ext: 2


Towanda Center



Office Hours

Online Chat Available on Request





Cartoon History of United States Edition: N/A

Author: Gonick 
ISBN: 9780062730985
Copyright Year: 1991
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers




HIS 105 - U.S. History I 
HIS 105 (Formerly HI 101) - U.S. History I U.S. History I is a survey course which reviews American history from the pre-Colonial era (1600) to the Civil War era (1865). The course is designed to acquaint the student with the major political, economic, social and cultural developments of these eras with emphasis on the rise of Colonial America and the Constitution, Westward Expansion, the Age of Jackson, Antebellum America and the Civil War era (3 Credits). 



1. To analyze the major political, economic, social, and cultural developments of these epochs.
2. To critique specific emphasis of the CHARACTER and PERSONALITIES of many individuals whose lives and contributions helped shape the American experience, the rise of Colonial America and the break with Great Britain, the formation of the Constitution, slavery and race in America, Westward Expansion, the Age of Jackson, Antebellum America and the defining moment of American history, the Civil War.
3. To review the many dynamic and varied forces which have influenced the development of the United States as well as enabling you to see the relationship between the past and the present and understand that issues and events in human history are often very complex.



Complete all assignments on time.
Complete and respond to all discussion questions.
Complete exams by the time and date they are due.
Participate and respect all participants.


Assignments worth 50 points each.

Discussions worth 10 points each week.

Final Interview with 100 points each.

Reading summaries worth 25 points each.


Online Course Attendance Policy

Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at Lackawanna College will fail any course(s) in which they accumulate absences beyond the maximum number allowed. This pertains to online courses as well.


Attendance is defined by participating in an academic activity within the online classroom, which includes posting replies in a graded discussion forum or submitting a written assignment. Replies not related to the aforementioned activities will not count for attendance purposes.


# of Days Required for Discussion in an Online Course

Maximum # of Weeks Allowed without Discussion 


Twice on any four days in a week (8 total)




  • You are required to engage in discussion at least TWICE on FOUR days throughout the week for a total of EIGHT replies in all, minimum.
  • You should respond to the initial DQs posted AND respond to your classmates.
  • Responses MUST be substantive. See the document titled Good Discussions in your Handouts and Links.
  • Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will NOT be counted toward your weekly score.
  • Students who miss one week of discussion will be DROPPED from the course.
  • Students who do not log on to the course within the drop/add period for the course will be DROPPED from the course.


Online Course Discussion Policy

In order to understand, remember, and benefit from what we learn in class, discussion and interaction are critical. Responses such as, “I like what you said.” “I agree.” Or “Good thinking.” are NOT acceptable. Also, you should NOT simply repeat what someone else has already said.

You MUST reply no less than 8 times per week – twice on any four days.

Good Discussions in Handouts and Links will help you, but you should also use this rubric to gain all possible points for your contributions and, more importantly, to get the most out of our class discussion!

Online Classroom Discussion and Interaction Rubric

X points per week for a total of X points



What Should I Do?

Points Available

Did I do This?


Points Earned

Answer both Discussion Questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material, support your response with research or reading, and promote conversation (2 replies)

10 Points




Respond to at least two classmates’ posts (2 replies)

10 Points




Continue both conversations with at least one additional reply to each peer (2 replies)

10 Points




Respond to at least one of the teacher’s secondary questions, conversing with a classmate who responds to the same question (2 replies)

10 Points




Be sure all responses are detailed and clear and are posted twice on four separate days.

10 Points




Be sure that all responses relate to the course reading and notes, your own everyday life, or to both

10 Points




Provides the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning that they learn from what you have contributed and can continue the conversation

10 Points




Use proper grammar, spelling, and netiquette

10 Points





10 Points




Withdrawal Policy

A student has the privilege of withdrawing from any courses or from the College itself without academic penalty up to and including the final date for withdrawal indicated on the College calendar.

To withdraw officially from a course or from the College, a student must obtain the proper withdrawal form from the Student Affairs Office or from your Center Director, complete this form and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the final day for withdrawal without academic penalty as indicated on the College calendar. If a student stops attending a course for which he/she is registered after the published census date (end of drop/add) without having officially withdrawn from the course, the student will be assigned an AW (penalty-grade failure) for the class. No exceptions will be made.

Students who violate the College's Academic Integrity Policy and fail a course in consequence may not exercise the withdrawal privilege in that particular course.


Financial obligations to the College will be determined according to the Refund Policy.














Instructor Policies

Weekly 500 Word Assignment Rubric

Total Points Value 50


Did I do This?

Where? (i.e. slide number, page number, paragraph, etc.)

Points Available

Points Earned

Complete all questions thoroughly. Use creative thinking frequently and make sure all assignments are at least 500 words not including questions.

Ask yourself each week if you accomplished these goals before handing in your assignment.

Review your assignment and make sure that the requirements have been met thoroughly and you reviewed your assignment for any grammatical errors.  

Each assignment will be worth 10 points.

Each week, you will receive feedback based on this rubric under the comments section of your assignment.




Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points


96 – 100



90 – 95



87 – 89



83 – 86



80 – 82



77 – 79



73 – 76



70 – 72



67 – 69



60 – 66



0 – 59



Due Dates and Late Penalties

  • There is NO GRACE PERIOD for late assignments unless technological failure can be proven through email BEFORE the due date and time.
  • There will be no “extra credit.”





Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated. Sanctions will include an automatic F for plagiarism, but the severity or frequency of the violation may result in dismissal from the College as well. Please see the Student Handbook for a complete explanation.


The following are among the forms of dishonesty, in a classroom of any type, for which sanctions may be applied:

  • Using books, notes or other materials during an examination, unless expressly permitted;
  • Using purchased essays, term papers or preparatory research for such papers;
  • Copying others' work or engaging in unauthorized cooperation during an assignment or examination;
  • Allowing another student to copy from an examination or other assignment intended to be performed independently;
  • Borrowing from published works, whether material is taken verbatim or with minor alterations, without proper and/or sufficient acknowledgment;
  • Submitting as one’s own work originally done by someone else;
  • Submitting the same written report in more than one course without prior approval from the instructor(s) involved;
  • Stealing examinations or assignments;
  • Supplying or selling examinations or assignments;
  • Misrepresenting statements concerning work submitted;
  • Falsifying or fabricating experimental data or results;
  • Falsifying or fabricating the need for extensions on papers or make-up examinations.
  • Misrepresenting identity in an online course


(Please see student handbook for more information)


Disability Statement

Lackawanna College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution.  Students with disabilities and other needs should feel free to contact the instructor privately if there are services and adaptations which can be made to accommodate specific needs.  Students who are having difficulties with class material are strongly advised to seek assistance in the reading and writing lab.  If you feel that you have a disability that has not been formally documented, you may meet with Mrs. Christine Kiehart in the Disability Services office to discuss your options. Please note that disability services do not include exemption from participation requirements in courses considered part of the School of Distance Education, including online and hybrid courses.


Lackawanna College Notice of Nondiscrimination

Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership, or any other legally protected classification. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State Law including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and with Federal Law including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Lackawanna College is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from unlawful sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender based harassment. 


In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Lackawanna College will not tolerate any forms of sexual misconduct including but not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence and gender-based harassment by employees, students or third parties. This includes prohibiting discrimination against pregnant and parenting students. The College also prohibits retaliation against any person who makes a claim of discrimination or harassment or who provides information in such an investigation. This policy applies to admissions, employment, treatment and access to all programs and activities that take place either on or off the campus at Lackawanna College. 


Lackawanna College will fully and promptly investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct and will take action reasonably designed to resolve the complaint in an equitable manner, end a hostile environment if one has been created, prevent its recurrence, and, when appropriate, take steps to remedy its effects on individuals and the college community.

Lackawanna College complies with Title IX and all other federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Reports or inquiries regarding nondiscrimination should be made to:

Title IX Coordinator/ Executive Director of the Student Wellness Program, Marsha Pigga, Angeli Hall, Room 102, 501 Vine Street, Scranton PA, 18509 (570) 955-1466/ (570) 677-7589, piggam@lackawanna.edu.

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action inquiries: Georgia Egan, Affirmative Action Officer/Director of Continuing Education, Angeli Hall, Room 300C, Vine Street, Scranton PA (570) 961-7815, EganG@lackawanna.edu or Tony Ferrese, Affirmative Action Officer/Seeley Hall Residence Director, Seeley Hall, First Floor, North Washington Avenue, Scranton PA, (570) 504-1760, FerreseT@lackawanna.edu.

Additional information regarding Title IX requirements and how to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights: Office of Civil Rights at www2.ed.gov/ocr, 800-421-3481. Philadelphia Office: Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, The Wanamaker Building,100 Penn Square East, Suite 515, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323 Telephone: 215-656-8541, Email: OCR.Philadelphia@ed.gov.   





Portfolio and Coursework

Lackawanna College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking, accessing your talents and skills, motivating you toward a career choice, and encouraging you to make a difference. In evidence of this learning, the College requires a graduation portfolio containing Career Documents, including a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and a career exploration; Core Coursework, including a research paper from College Writing; three sample papers or projects from Major Coursework; and a Lackawanna College Reflection Paper.




Course Schedule




Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity


Pre-Colonial America


-Review PowerPoint
-Complete Assignment
-Complete Discussions

-Read Pages 1-40

-Complete Book Summary


The 13 Colonies


-Review PowerPoint
-Complete Assignment
-Complete Discussions

-Read Pages 41 - 76

-Complete Book Summary


American Revolution


-Review PowerPoint
-Complete Assignment
-Complete Discussions

-Read Pages 77 - 92

-Complete Book Summary


Westward Expansion


-Review PowerPoint
-Complete Assignment
-Complete Discussions

-Read Pages 93 - 124

-Complete Book Summary


Age of Jackson


-Review PowerPoint
-Complete Assignment
-Complete Discussions

-Read Pages 125 - 158

-Complete Book Summary


The Civil War

Freeing the Slaves



-Review PowerPoint
-Complete Assignment
-Complete Discussions

-Read Pages 159 - 179

-Complete Book Summary


Current Events

Final Week


-Complete Discussions

-Complete Final Summary

-Complete Veterans Assignment



Final Papers Due 10/17/2017