Course Reflections Journal Instructions


Statement of Purpose or “Why Am I Doing This?”

For each Course Reflections Journal, you will record your thoughts regarding the material covered over several modules/weeks as it relates to a specific prompt, encouraging you to engage more deeply with particular aspects of the course. The journals are intended to direct your attention to aspects of history that may be overlooked or surprising.


Completing This Assignment:

  • You will be provided with a prompt that will guide your journal entry. SEE BELOW
  • Your journal entry must engage directly with the prompt and with the appropriate course materials.
  • Give enough detail in your entry to clearly explain your thoughts and provide examples to support your statements.
  • Use references from the course material—citations of the MindTap e-text readings and appropriate presentations, articles, and websites are required.
  • Any reference must be cited using parenthetical citations within the journal entry. MindTap activities must be cited using the activity number and title; presentations must be cited with the full title of the presentation; and additional readings must be cited with the full title of the document.
  • Each of your journal entries must be 400–500 words.
  • You must use complete sentences and adhere to the standards of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization expected at this level of academic work.
  • The use of first person is acceptable for this assignment.
  • The Course Reflections Journals should be completed after your other assignments and the assigned Reading & Study material in the module/week of submission.



Over the past eight modules/weeks, we have covered a wide variety of topics, from initial colonization of the Americas, to the formation of a new nation under a written consitution, through the growing pains of a nation expanding across a continent, and into an era of conflict resulting from growing sectionalism among the people and unwillingness to cooperate at the highest levels of government. Our studies culminated with reading A. K. McClure’s address in Lexington, VA as a reflection on what Americans could learn from that progression of history.

The American Civil War was the bloodiest conflict in American History to date. It has left an indelible mark on the nation in a variety of ways and provides one of the key points of division in historical study. As you think about the course material, what impresses you about what American got right during its first hundred odd years? Was there something in McClure’s address that made you stop and think? How do you see this war in relation to the history you have learned since Module/Week 1?

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