Unit 3: Transforming the Nation–1830s to 1877 (Lessons 1-4) and the Final Exam


Overview: What the Title Tells You about This Unit

We begin with the 1830s when the North and South become different. The North becomes modern and reform-minded; the South does not. Making high profits from slavery requires new, fertile land to use. The struggle for whether the land in the territories will owned by free farmers or by big planters brings new tensions and finally secession.

What remains is:

·          The Civil War

·          Reconstruction and the new trends for the nation

Resources in Unit 3 and How to Use Them to Learn (and to Make a Good Grade on the Unit Exam)

This section repeats the information from the Overview for the prior Unit.

If You Want a Resource, The Brief American Pageant, Chapters 15-22

It can be helpful to examine (turn the pages slowly) each Chapter just to notice the headings, pictures, and maps to have a feel for the time period. Use the index at the back of the book to look up the individual items in the Study Guide.

 Lessons in Blackboard’s Unit

The Unit consists of Lessons 1-4..

Learning Quizzes in Blackboard’s Unit 3

When you see a folder labeled Learning Quiz, you do these things.

1.        In the Self-Test, use the password selftest (no spaces, no capital letters, and no punctuation).
Tip: Self-Tests do not count against you. They are a tiny (.01) extra credit.

2.        Without any preparation (or fear), carefully answer the questions quickly so you know what your brain thinks is true.

3.        When you submit your Self-Test, Blackboard automatically displays in the same folder content to help you—if needed—and the Full-Test. For the Full-Test, there is no password. You may take it as many times as you wish with highest score counting.

4.        Do not just click. Make sure you understand. If the answer does not make sense to you, post your question in Unit 3’s Learning Discussion. 

The Objective Exam for the Unit and the Resources in Unit 3

The Objective Exam for each Unit has a total value of 100 points. There are 25 questions each at 4 points:

·          8 of the 25 questions come from these Learning Quizzes in the Unit

So use those Learning Quizzes and ask questions in Learning Discussion if you need help!

·          17 of the 25 come from the Study Guide (a link below this one). The Lessons in the Unit contain the Instructor’s links. Those links provide visuals, frequently in tables, to help you compare facts to see similarities and differences.

So use those links and ask questions in Learning Discussion if you need help!


The Unit Exam is available for 30 minutes, a time set by the Department. Unit exams have the password onetimeonly. They display one at a time and you cannot backtrack (return to an earlier question).

 from Getting Starting:

Because I see students memorizing random facts, I am trying to get you to focus on useful, usable facts for your life time because is about life works. In this class, questions do not require that you show you know everything, but that you show that you know something. The questions focus on your recognizing significant traits of such things as regions, time periods and their dominant beliefs or events, and historical figures. (See Learning Quizzes, Concepts, and the Goal of Exam Questions)

Click here for an example of a question that lets you show that you know something that is worthwhile. (URL: http://www.cjbibus.com/GS_Good_Habits_What_Is_a_Question_Where_You_Show_You_Know_Something.htm )

Checklist for Graded Work in Unit 3 and the Final– Notice it matches your Course Plan and your Course Schedule.

3-Part Writing

Although the writing work starts in Unit 2, the end date of the assignments mean their grades are entered in Unit 3





In Required Writing, post your paper in the 3-Part Writing @ 100 points (50 points for content and 50 for Good Habits for Evidence).



In Required Writing, when the 3-Part Writing reopens, post 2 peer reviews @ 50 points each (25 points for content and 25 for following all 5 Good Habits for Evidence for each one).



In Required Writing, when the 3-Part Writing reopens again, reply to the 2 peer reviews of your paper @ 40 points (10 points for content and 10 for following all 5 Good Habits for Evidence for each one; if only 1 student peer reviewed your paper, 20 points for content and 20 for following all 5 Good Habits).



Total for this Section of the Course


Unit 3





Take all Learning Quizzes in Unit 3. (Tip: The same extra credit incentive as Unit 1.)



Post and reply in Unit 3 Learning Discussion (Tip: The same incentive as Unit 1.)



Take Unit 3 Exam (Tip: The same opportunities for success in learning as in Unit 1.)



Total for this Section of the Course


Final Exam (Possible Total for Its Assignments and the Prior Assignments = 1000 points)





Take the Final Exam (100)