History Discussion Postings and Replies
In this discussion forum, we will engage in the study of history. Each week, I will pose 1-3 questions about the week’s reading assignment in the Discussions area. You are required to answer each question posed with a thoughtful and documented response. In addition to the student’s initial post, all students are required to read all postings in this forum. Select at least two of your classmates’ posts per question and provide a substantial, thought-provoking response. Your follow up postings should further the conversation and/or provide constructive feedback. In addition, be sure to respond to all questions posed to you. It is vital that you read all of the postings in this forum. Each post for this class must have footnotes and a bibliography, with proper formatting.
Research Methods Postings and Replies
In this discussion forum, we will research and analyze the way historians have approached the components of researching and writing. We will look at various research techniques, evaluation methods for sources, how to appropriately and efficiently use libraries and online research guides. Additionally, we will discussion writing techniques, citation formats, required components of historical research, and the use of the research to the historical community and the public at large.
Over the span of this course, you are required to complete three projects that will utilize the course dropbox. The projects are designed to assist you in implementing the skills you acquire through your research, class discussions, and study. Each project will require you to critically review a document or artifact and write a 300-word, formal essay depicting your findings. Project 2 will actually require you to write two essays, so you will write a total of four essays for all three projects. Project 1 will require you to review an historical paper, Project 2 will require you to review two historians, and Project 3 will require you to review an historical film (of your choice). All of these essays must be written without the use of “I” in the paper.
These are “formal” assignments which are all part of the final research paper. The discussions about and submissions of these assignments will take place in the Discussions area (with the exception of the Rough Draft, due in Week 6, which should be submitted to both the discussion and the Dropbox area and the Final Paper*, which will be submitted to the appropriate Dropbox). Please submit each assignment, according to its due date, in the correct discussions topic.
1) Updating the Research Design – first part of the writing project. Using your work from HIST 294, you will update your Annotated Bibliography assignment; create a Methods section, as well as, revise/polish your thesis and topic. This is an opportunity to update your topic, thesis, methods, and annotated bibliography, and should be used wisely. The Methods and Annotated Bibliography will be posted as separate assignments.
If you completed HIST 294 (or its equivalent) at another college/university and the format of your prospectus is different, this is not a problem. However it was formatted, the prospectus should always discuss the thesis, the methodology, and an annotated bibliography of primary and secondary sources. If your bibliography was not annotated, it needs to be for this exercise.
2) Note cards, Outline, and Rough Draft -- Preliminary writing artifacts, such as note cards and outlines, for the final paper will be reviewed and critiqued and evaluated throughout the course. We will also look at rough drafts/revisions as time allows. Each assignment will be submitted separately, and specific directions for completing each may be found in the Content area. The Rough Draft must be submitted to both the discussion link and the course Dropbox.
3) Final Paper* – based on the thesis developed, you will write a 5,000- word (approximately 20-25, double-spaced pages) Final Paper. In writing this paper, you must follow the components of the research you have completed. Your grade will be based on your adherence to your developed thesis, methods, outline and your rough draft. You will have an opportunity to defend your paper and the methods you chose in the discussions.
4) Critical Review of Groups Rough Draft Papers – You will be assigned to critically review four (4) of your classmates’ Rough Draft Papers. All critical reviews should be posted as replies to the original post in either Week 6 or Week 7 discussion log. Be sure to evaluate whether or not your classmate followed the method and then consider how well he/she has set the stage to prove his thesis with his/her methodology. There is a Critical Review Guideline in the Content are you are to follow. These reviews will be due the Wednesday of Week 7 (could begin earlier if papers are submitted sooner).