Welcome back to seminar!

  • Welcome, Destination Graduation Peer Mentors!

History Exam Format:

  • 3 IDs worth 20 points each
  • 1 Essay Question worth 40 points
  • Historical Significance
    • The whole point of Dr. Costanzo's class is NOT to simply memorize and regurgitate information on exams. Yes, you'll need to be familiar with many names, dates, and events, but the goal of doing this is to help you gain an understanding of historical significance.
    • For those of you who were in HIST 1301 with Dr. Costanzo, can you speak to the importance of historical significance? How does historical significance figure in to Dr. Costanzo's exams?
  • There are basically four elements of identifying a historical term:
    1. Good definition (who/what?)
    2. Time period (when?)
    3. Location (where?)
    4. Significance/Importance (So what?)
  • Students seem to struggle with why, or the significance. There are lots of different ways a person or event (or whatever) can be significant. Here are some questions to ask yourself when trying to figure out WHY something is significant:
    • Did it cause something to happen? What resulted BECAUSE of it?
    • Is it an example of an activity that was going on? Does it represent an idea or practice of the time period? (In other words, what does it tell us about this time/place in American history?)
    • Was it the first/last time for something to occur in American history?
    • Was it something that failed, thus leading to another approach being taken?

By answering these questions, you're making an argument and analyzing!

Basically, you're making an ARGUMENT about why this term is important or worthy of study!

Let's practice using the ID term given to you in class last week: Manhattan Project

Individually, write down the information on a sheet of paper (can use bullet points) for the following questions about the ID term.

  • Who/what? (Describe who/what the term is.)
  • When? (When did this term occur? What time period or decade does the term come from? Which historical era is it most associated with? Other important dates?)
  • Where? (Where did this take place? What locations are associated with this term? List specific locations!)

Get into your teams.

  • Compare your answers.
  • As a group, compose a COMPLETE definition (one definition for the entire team) for this term in paragraph form using complete sentences. In addition to the who/what, when, and where, you'll need to have at least 2-3 sentences that ARGUE the historical significance of your term.
    • Do not include names at the top of the page!!! Please send one person up so I can label them to be graded anonymously.


  • First extra credit opportunity!
  • Introduce yourself to one of the staff members in Career Services.
  • Take a selfie at the event.
  • Insert the picture into a word document.
  • Write a paragraph about your experience and telling me the name of the staff member you met in the same word document.
  • Upload this into BlackBoard for 20 extra credit points by Friday, February 3, at 5 pm.
  • This can only replace attendance and participation points.
  • February 9 - COMM Unit Test 1
  • February 16 - History Exam 1 (T-minus 21 days and counting!!!) (3 WEEKS!)
  • February 21 - Seminar will be held in the WRITING CENTER! Also, COMM Unit Test 2
  • February 24 - Historical Argument Thesis and Outline Due
  • February 28/March 2 - Conferences with your Seminar Professor
  • March 7 - In-class Midterm Reflection
  • March 9 - COMM Unit Test 3
  • March 13-17 - Spring Break
  • March 19 - Historical Argument Paper Due
  • March 23 - History Exam 2
  • March 23, 28, 30, & April 4 - COMM Individual Presentations
  • Friday, April 7 - Last day to drop a class
  • April 25, 27, & May 2 - Group Persuasive Presentations
  • Thursday, April 27 - First-Year Research Conference
  • Tuesday, May 2 - Last day of classes
  • May 3 - Final Video Portfolio Due
  • May 4-10 - Final Examinations
  • May 8, 11 am - History Exam 3
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