History 290 Assignment (Spring 2019)

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Assignment Purpose:

This assignment will help you develop your ability to meet the following learning outcomes for History 290 (Craft of History):

  1. Think like a historian, with attention to context, multiple perspectives, and complex causation.
  2. Develop a research question and conduct original historical research using archival sources.
  3. Locate, evaluate, and interpret a wide variety of primary sources (including archival sources).
  4. Locate, evaluate, and interpret a wide variety of secondary sources.
  5. Express and support historical interpretations in public discussion and in writing.
  6. Properly cite primary and secondary sources using Chicago style.

Additionally, the assignment gives you the opportunity to:

  1. Practice writing and editing documents for a public audience.
  2. Build experience using an online platform (wiki) for collaboration.

Schedule Overview

  1. Choosing a Topic (Mon., April 8)
  2. Develop group and individual research questions (post to wiki by Wed., April 17, 11:00 PM); label individual questions with names (2 points)
  3. Develop draft list of Secondary Sources (post to wiki by Mon., April 22, 11:00 PM) (3 points)
  4. Develop draft list of Primary Sources (post to wiki by Wed., April 24, 11:00 PM) (3 points)
  5. Article Outline (post to wiki by Wed., May 1, 11:00 PM) (5 points)
  6. “Pop-Up Student Showcase” at Weidner Center (half point extra credit for presenting)
  7. Article Draft (post to wiki by Wed., May 8, 12:30 PM)
  8. Peer Review of Other Articles (complete using wiki by Wed., May 8, 11:00 PM) (2 points)
  9. Final Article (post to wiki by Mon., May 13, Noon) (5 points group grade; 15 points individual grade)
  10. Reflective Journal #5 (upload to Canvas by Mon., May 13, 11:00 PM) (2 points toward reflective journal)

Assignment Description:

  1. Collaborate with your group to write a historical essay based on a specific archival collection at the Cofrin Library.
  2. Contribute to the development of the research questions, primary and secondary sources bibliography, and introduction and conclusion.
  3. Your section of the essay (approximately 500 to 700 words) should respond to a specific research question that contributes to the umbrella research question developed by your group.
  4. With your group, develop one or two historical contexts within which to frame your topic and research questions.
  5. Use this wiki to share a draft of your article and to provide feedback and editing for other articles.
  6. Use the Article Template to get started writing your article.
  7. Follow the Encyclopedia policies, including those regarding citations.
  8. Upload a project reflection to Canvas as Reflective Journal (Entry #5).

Additional Details:

Note: You will earn points for the timely completion of each stage of the authoring process.

  1. Choosing a Topic and Getting Started
    1. Create a user account for using the EWEH by clicking the "Create User" link at the top right of any site page. Please use your UWGB username (without the @uwgb.edu) as your username, but create a unique password. (You will also have to answer a simple question to sign up, in order to protect the site against spam.) Write your password on your syllabus for safekeeping! Please use your UWGB email address to confirm your registration. You will receive an email from "Encyclopedia of Wisconsin Environmental History" with a link to click to confirm your registration. For help, see: How to Create an Account.
    2. Add your topic name to the Main_Page by enclosing it in double brackets.
      1. [[topic name]]
    3. Click the topic name link in the "Read" view to create the page.
    4. Paste the code from the Article Template page into your article's page to get started.
    5. Add your name (if you are comfortable sharing it) or just your username (if you don't want to share your real name) to Contributors list at the bottom of the page.
    6. Use the "Discussion" page associated with your article to post research questions, primary and secondary source lists, etc. Use Chicago-style footnote format to list your sources, as this is the format you will use within the article. Be sure to label your individual work with your username. You can use three tildes (~) to insert a signature.
    7. Before you go any further, review the EWEH Policies, including the guidelines for Citations and Avoiding Plagiarism.
    8. Use the heading and subheading tags demonstrated in the Article Template to create your outline sections.
    9. See the Article Template for additional required sections and format.
  2. Peer Review
    1. See the 290 Peer Review Assignment for full instructions.
  3. Final Article and Reflection
    1. Finalize article, drawing on any feedback left on the "Discussion" page. Remove "draft" message from the top of the article.
    2. Upload project reflection to Canvas as part of your reflective journal.