1.24 – Writing and Historical Analysis

Assignment due

Bring to class a printed copy of answers to the questions listed below. Write at least 150 words total (you are welcome to write more, if you wish). To receive credit for the assignment, you must also email me your answers prior to class.

What are some of the behaviors or characteristics of excellent students?

What are some of the behaviors or characteristics of excellent professors?

What are some of the characteristics of excellent courses?

This assignment contributes to your class participation grade. Failure to complete it reduces your final grade by 1%.

Readings

The Elements of Style (7-8, 11-13)
“Hamilton College Guide to Writing a Good History Paper
UNC Writing Center, “Thesis Statements”

Discussion questions

You do not have to write your answers to these questions, but be prepared to answer them in class discussion.

[1] What is a primary source?

[2] What is a secondary source?

[3] What is the ‘unit of composition’ in a historical essay?

[4] What other principles of good writing does Strunk identify?

[5] What are the most common errors in history papers as identified in the Hamilton College Guide?

[6] What are some of the characteristics of an effective thesis statement?

 

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