Extra Credit

There are many opportunities to earn extra credit in this class. All extra credit will contain a writing component. The following are some options for extra credit, however, if you have additional ideas for extra credit please feel free to discuss them with me.

Show and Tell

Part of learning is making connections between what we already know and what we are learning or discovering. Sometimes when we study something or read about something, everything we see or hear starts to connect to that topic. For example when I was reading about first amendment issues last semester, it seemed that everywhere I turned I saw articles, tv clips, youtube videos, and even cartoons that dealt with first amendment issues. These seemingly serendipitous moments are actually an opportunity for learning.

  • You may bring one of your discoveries to class for an informal "show and tell."
  • In addition, you should type up a description of what you found and how it connects to what we are (or have) discussed in class.
  • Each discovery, when shared with the class and written up, is worth 1 point of extra credit on your class participation grade. You may share up to two times per portfolio sequence, which could earn you up to 6 points on your final Class Participation grade.
  • Extra credit that is turned in with the Portfolio will only be accepted if the portfolio itself is turned in on time.

Writing Center

As you may know, the Writing Center is always available to assist you with various parts of your writing process, including peer feedback, clarifying assignments, and providing assistance with prewriting. It is NOT, however, meant to be a resource for discovering what to write about in your paper or how to write it. You need to have something concrete to take them when you go in for assistance.

  • Each writing center visit, when documented (they give you a slip) and turned in with a Portfolio, is worth 1 point of extra credit on that portfolio. You may go to the writing center as many times as you like, but I will accept 2 visits per portfolio sequence, which could earn you up to six points on your cumulative portfolio grade.
  • Extra credit that is turned in with the Portfolio will only be accepted if it is turned in on time.

Campus Activities

Part of college is joining new communities! Clubs, sports teams, and student government are all communities that students might join. The campus has activities planned that are often free to students and encourage social networking and civic engagement.

  • If you attend a campus activity, you may earn extra credit by writing about it. Include:
    • What the activity was
    • Where it took place
    • What you thought of it or learned from it
    • How it connects to you or your communities
    • How (or does it) relate to your HIST coursework?
  • Each campus activity writing, when turned in with a Portfolio, is worth 1 point of extra credit for Class Participation. You may attend and write about a campus activity once per portfolio sequence, which could earn you up to 3 points on your final Class Participation grade.
  • You must write 1-2 typed pages about the event, and it should follow MLA guidelines.
  • Extra credit that is turned in with the Portfolio will only be accepted if it is turned in on time.