How To Write Like An Historian
1. Assist students in identifying, articulating, and critiquing the significant points in historical books and articles.
2. Provide students with the skills to read analytically and write formal academic essays.
3. Introduce students to proper writing techniques and research skills.
Many college students find it hard to grasp how to write like an historian. History faculty often require students to analyze primary documents and compose a variety of other writing assignments including book reviews, movie reviews and essay exams. The goal of this mini-course is to provide a series of videos, written examples, and outlines that could be used by students when they are completing these assignments.
Unit 1: Tips for All Writing Assignments
PARHAM'S TOP TEN HISTORY WRITING TIPS
1. DO ALL RELEVANT RESEARCH/READING AND TAKE NOTES INCLUDING PAGE NUMBERS FOR IMPORTANT QUOTES AND FACTS
2. ALWAYS OUTLINE YOUR PAPER BEFORE YOUR WRITE IT
3. CLEARLY STATE YOUR ARGUMENT OR THESIS IN THE FIRST PARAGRAPH AND THROUGHOUT THE TEXT
4. USE CLEAR AND CONCISE WRITING
5. USE PERSUASIVE TOPIC SENTENCES AND BUILT THE REMAINDER OF YOUR PARAGRAPH FROM THIS STATEMENT
6. COMPOSE A CLEAR AND INSIGHTFUL CONCLUSION/REMEMBER THIS IS THE LAST ELEMENT I WILL READ
7. REVIEW THE RUBRIC AND ASSIGNMENT TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE INCLUDED ALL OF THE NECESSARY ELEMENTS
8. MAKE SURE TO CITE AT THE END OF EVERY PARAGRAPH USING FOOTNOTES/ENDNOTES
9. PROOFREAD YOUR PAPER
10. DOUBLE SPACE ALL ASSIGNMENTS
ADDITIONAL SOURCES TO CONSULT:
1. Please create a footnote citation and bibliographical citation for the following document:
2. Select a poignant quote from the document and present it in your own words.
3. Post to the discussion board a writing issue you have encountered and have not found a resolution to.
Unit 2: How To Analyze A Primary Document
At the end of the unit, students will be able to place a document in its historical context, identify the main argument of the speaker or writer, and comment on the speech, letter, or legal document in understanding the time period being discussed in his or her class.
Unit 2: How to Write A Book Review
After completing this unit, students will have acquired the skills to critically read a an historical text and compose a clear and concise book review.
Unit 3: How to Study for and Write an Essay Exam
Learning Objectives: After completing this section, students will have been informed of the key elements of studying for and completing an essay exam.