Weekly Syllabus

Week of Monday, December 1 through Friday, December 5

Welcome back! Congratulations on your successes in the Fall Trimester. This trimester is an odd one, as we have 14 days of class (weather permitting) before you go away for 17 days of vacation. Be aware that a big chunk of your midterm grade will be earned prior to Christmas break.  

We will spend most of the time this trimester on the events and circumstances leading up to and surrounding the Civil War, which occurred in the United States from 1861-1865. We will be spending a lot of time learning about the role of slavery in the Civil War.

This week we will read The Autobiography of Frederick Douglass. You can probably find a copy in the school bookstore, or you can read an online copy. Either way, you will want to have it with you in class starting on Tuesday.

During this term we will have less emphasis on tests on more on writing.  There will be at least one short paper about the Civil War (probably two) and you will also begin working on your major research paper (which won't be due until the Spring term). That said, we will continue with quizzes to make sure that you are keeping up with the reading.

Now that the beginning part of the year is done, I will be challenging you more with the reading, writing and research assignments. Please feel free to conference with me whenever you feel the need. I will try to give you ample time to read the material, but you should expect more homework from me in the Winter. You should plan to read the syllabus every weekend and plan out your history studying in advance.

Monday, December 1, 2014 (40 minutes)

Topic: Welcome back, intro to the plan for the coming week.  Introduction to the slave narrative literary genre. Also, feel free to bookmark this guide to the Frederick Douglass book. 

Homework: Read and take notes on The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass; Chapter I-Chapter V.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 (50 minutes)

Topic: Discussion of the reading.

: Read Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass,Chapter VI-Chapter IX.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 (45 minutes)

Topic: Discussion of the reading.

Homework: Read Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Chapter X until the words "My term of actual service to Mr. Edward Covey...." on page 83 of the paper book (page 64 of the online version).

Thursday, December 4, 2014 (40 minutes)

Topic: Discussion of the reading.

: Read Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, the rest of Chapter X-Chapter XI.

Friday, December 5, 2014 (45 minutes)

Topic: Discussion of reading. 

Homework: Read AP&AN pp. 265 (Slave Life and Labor)-274 (Summary).