Syllabus Update

Please note that the following changes are made to my syllabus from last semester. This is to address accountability problems and to help students stay on track and learn to stay on track earlier in the semester, rather than waiting until the end to realize how far behind they are. The original policy was that all late work was accepted for up to 75% credit any time in the semester. The new policy is as follows.

Late Policy
  • Late work will only be accepted up to four weeks after it was due.
  • The late penalty is now 40% of the assignment’s value off the top.


  • A 10 point assignment turned in late that would have scored an 8 will earn a 4.
  • A 10 point assignment turned in late that would have scored 10 will earn a 6.

A late assignment that would earn zero credit after the penalty must be redone. For example, a 10 point assignment turned in late that would have earned a 3 will have to be redone. The original four week window still applies.

All excused absence, school event absences, and unexcused absences will follow the original policy as before. Please see my syllabus at for further details.

History Paper Guidance


Welcome back! In many of my classes, I will be giving out research paper details for the semester project. Here are a few things to keep in mind, especially the top reasons for negative comments on papers:

Make sure you take a look at the History Handbook here on my website for more details about how to do this well, both in terms of your writing and the process of research. A lot of similarities exist between what I wrote and what's in this document.

Mr. E Returns

I'm back

Ready or not, here I come. We have a lot of work to do and very little time to do it. Let's get everything in order as quickly as possible to wrap up the semester.

Thanks for being understanding about the fact that I've been out on paternity leave. It's not a time to catch up on my grading, but I did some anyway. Everything that wasn't graded will be, when it's graded. Just check Canvas for updates.

Constitution Day Essay Contest: 2019

View the below flyer and the attached rules for information about this year's Constitution Day Essay Contest, open to all Soldotna High School students. Submissions can be sent to for consideration! Get them turned in by September 17th, 2019. Winners will be announced on September 19th.

Welcome Back!

It's the first day of school! Welcome back and I hope that you are ready to be curious and to learn.

Here's today's schedule:

Period Start End
Assembly 7:40 8:15
1 8:25 9:00
2 9:05 9:40
3 9:45 10:20
4 10:25 11:00
5 11:05 11:40
6 11:45 12:20
Lunch 12:20 12:55
7 1:00 1:35
8 1:40 2:15


Persuasive Maps

I hope your summer has been good! I'm digging through resources and planning for the upcoming school year, and as usual I'm finding some good things that don't necessarily fit in with the classes I teach. I post them here anyway because they are interesting.

Here's an article on Persuasive Maps by OpenCulture that's connected to a database with hundreds of examples. Some are satirical, others make political points, but ultimately, they are all interesting.


APUSH Review - 1 Day Remaining

The Test is Tomorrow!

Tonight, don't stay up all night cramming!

Instead, trust that all of the studying that you have done thus far is going to sever you well. Look back over your outlines from a few days ago, and look back at your focus lists. Practice your mnemonic devices. Finally, prepare some food for tomorrow morning (set aside what you're going to throw into your eggs in the morning so that you aren't digging around in the cheese drawer all bleary eyed five minutes before you have to leap into your car and speed to the school).


You will be extremely tempted to stay up all night trying to cram, but in reality, this will only harm you. Get a full eight hours of sleep, and your brain will be far more awake and capable of retrieving information and constructing your written responses.


If at first you don't succeed, shut up. Succeed.