Quizzes (15 points total): you will take three quizzes throughout the semester: the syllabus quiz, the primary and secondary source quiz, and the final cumulative quiz during exam week.
Movie/ Documentary Film Review (5 points): In 4-5 pages: At various points this semester, you will have the opportunity to watch a film and review it in a short essay. The movies will be matched with the corresponding week in which the topic is covered. You can submit the assignment as soon as you finish it, although the final day to submit the review will be December 2, 2022 at 11:59pm on D2L.
Primary Source Analysis (7.5 points): Choose one primary source this semester listed on the course schedule. Write a 2-3-page essay answering the following prompts: What makes this source a primary source; what are the major points/takeaways from this primary source; and how does it fit into our class more broadly? While not due until the end of the semester, this assignment can be completed at any point of the class. Just choose a source that stands out to you and follow the prompts above.
Secondary Source Analysis (7.5 points): Read (on D2L) Richard Polenberg, “The Good War? A Reappraisal of how World War II Affected American Society,” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 100, No. 3 (1992): 295-322. In 2-3 pages, answer the following prompt(s): What makes this a secondary source? What are Polenberg’s major takeaways? After reading, should we consider World War II to be a “Good War”? If not, why?
Extra Credit Opportunity (5 points): Extra Credit Opportunity (5 points): Visit Minnesota State University’s ARCH digital repository (https://arch.lib.mnsu.edu/). Here you will find primary sources related to your own university! Find something cool, unique, mind-blowing, different, fun – whatever stands out that fits within the context of our class. Write an extra blog post (this can be 250 words) about this cool source and why it matters to you as a student at Minnesota State.