Assignments and Schedule

GRADING: Your knowledge of the course materials will be assessed through Historical Engagement (35% of the semester grade), Quizzes and Tests (20% of the semester grade), and the Domain of One’s Own Portfolio (45% of the semester grade).

Your grade for this course will be based upon 10000 quality points. Points earned on each assignment simply add up. At the end of the course, your earned semester grade will be based on the following scale:

Grade Scale: A = 9000-10000; B = 8000-8999; C = 7000-7999; D = 6000-6999; F = 5999 and below

Students are expected to keep track of their performance throughout the semester and seek guidance from available sources (including the instructor) if their performance drops below satisfactory levels.


Historical Engagement: As you move through the course materials (the history under study), you will have several ways to interact with the materials, instructors, and your fellow students. Most of these engagements will take place in Pro-Solo (full information in the course module).  Each of the three units in the course will have 1100 engagement points available. There are three types of engagements:

  • Interpreting History (200 points per unit) – brief answers to questions about historical topics, controversies, and events.
  • Evaluating History in Media (400 points per unit) – students work individually and in discussions to evaluate how the history we are learning is portrayed in social media, the news, and pop cultural forms.
  • Crowdsource Analysis of Primary Documents (500 points per unit) – students work individually and in discussions to analyze historical documents.

You will be provided more information on each of these engagements in the course module

Quizzes and Tests: Worth up to 2000 points total (or 20% of semester grade). There are three types of quizzes and tests in this course: Check Quizzes, Unit Tests, and a Comprehensive Final Essay (the final exam).

Each of the three Units of course materials has 500 points of quiz/test available. You may earn your points in two ways

  • You can choose to check your mastery of a particular subtopic by taking a Check Quiz (5 multiple choice questions) upon completion. These check quizzes will be worth a total of 500 points per unit. You may take each check quiz twice and we will record the highest grade. If you are satisfied with your cumulative grade on the check quizzes for the unit, you do not need to take the unit test.
  • The unit test consists of 50 multiple choice questions over all of the materials in that unit. You will have one attempt at this test.
  • You may do both the check quizzes (cumulative) and the unit test and we will record the highest grade of the two as your Quiz/Test grade for that unit.

Everyone must complete the Final Comprehensive Essay (worth 500 points or 5% of your grade). This 3-4 page essay will be your opportunity to reflect upon the entirety of the course. It is open book/note and will be due during finals week. This essay constitutes your final exam. You will be given the essay prompt the last week of the semester.

Domain of One’s Own Portfolio: Worth up to 4500 points (or 45% of the semester grade).  You will set up a personal web domain (free from UTA) following instructions in the course module.  Students will then create media based upon the history we are studying to be posted in their web pages (you will turn in the URL of your page for grading).  Required portfolio elements include a social media meme, Listly curation, annotated media, and digital storytelling. Full how-to instructions are available on all elements in the course module. Students will be able to choose their own topics for these elements as long as it relates to the history under study in this course.

Extra Credit: There are small (short answer) extra credit opportunities throughout the course module.

Ancient History Meets Advanced Instructional Strategies