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Title: Using a "Book Editing" Project to Unify a Course
Authors: Kosto, Kathryn Clippinger
Keywords: preparatory writing
oral presentation
rhetorical situation
Issue Date: 2001
Description: A winner of the John S. Knight Assignment Sequence Prize, this sequence originates from the Department of History, Hist 100, Envisioning American: Images of Revolutionary People, 1492-1865. The connected assignments lead to a final research paper based on a "fragment" of history. "Fragments," that is, copies of primary sources (texts and images), are provided to the class by the third week of the seminar. Writing assignments are grouped into three levels of difficulty: assignments 1-3 involve close analysis and careful description; assignments 5 and 6 require synthesis and historiographical analysis; and the final assignments (7 and 9) ask students to engage in an independent research project. This sequence features a "book editing" project in which students submit proposals for a book including a historian's preface and four primary sources. Sequence materials include the course syllabus. 22 page pdf
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