Talk:How To Write Like An Historian
Feedback-Zydel -- Kelli Zydel (talk) 08:26, 12 April 2014 (EDT)
I really enjoyed reading your first lesson. You have really thought through your content and have a lot of really great information. I also really liked how you included examples so the students could see what you were talking about. Have you thought about how you are going to assess the students? Are you going to have them write an actual paper or discuss the information? Great job so far!
What I like/What worked well:
* Intro: clear info about what to expect in course, clear headings for each lesson, effective links to the lessons
* Lesson 1: information chunked, good resources, excellent and useful information presented in direct language (see what to consider below)
What you might consider:
* Intro: add a course title, use a picture to tell us what the course is about and add engagement, add links to your portfolio and back the our course home page
* Lesson 1: add images, bigger headings like on the intro page so that an index is created may help given the number of topics.
Your "lesson one" reads more like a reference guide than a lesson. This is the kind of document that good students will read and remember and that your target audience will neither read nor remember, because 1) they will see a lot of words with no break and 2) they need to practice in order to remember. I see that in your other lessons you offer activities. If you want you can set this page aside as a reference document as opposed to a lesson or, in my opinion a better option is to turn it into an actual lesson with "You Try" activities after each section. For instance you could direct students to a picture of the front pages of a book and ask them to create a bibliographical reference on the discussion tab. Or select a favorite book, find it on amazon and post create a bibliographic reference. For plagiarism give them some text that you have drawn from a website and ask them to use google to find out if it is a quote and what is the source. Ask them how they could say the same thing without using the authors words. These are just examples. You might add a discussion topic, such as post about a writing problem you seem to consistently have, something that confuses you about the 5 basics things to remember.