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The Essential Guide to Writing History Essays
by Katherine Pickering Antonova

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  • What kind of students is the Essential Guide aimed at?
  • I teach outside the United States. Will the Essential Guide work for my classroom?
  • How would I use the Essential Guide in different kinds of courses?
  • I use an assignment that doesn’t fit any of the chapters here. Is it still worth it to use the Essential Guide?
  • I prefer different terms for assignments and skills than the ones used in the book. Is it still worth it for me to use the Essential Guide?
  • How do I get students to read the Essential Guide when I have trouble even getting them to read the main course texts?
  • Do you have advice on getting students to read the main course texts, since they must do that before they can even start writing well?
  • Why doesn’t the Essential Guide start with grammar and punctuation? How can my students write anything well when they haven’t mastered those basic skills first?
  • Why does the Essential Guide include grammar, punctuation, word lists, how to navigate the library and other really basic skills and topics that aren’t specific to history?
  • Why are sections on grammar and other general writing issues spread throughout all the chapters instead of all in one place?
  • How can my students afford the Essential Guide on top of other course texts?
  • Why is the Essential Guide so long? I can’t ask my students to read this on top of other course readings.
  • Why are primary source papers presented so late in the book?
  • How can I integrate more writing into my class without losing content?
  • How can my department integrate more writing instruction into our curriculum?

Syllabus Planning

  • Sample syllabus—lecture course
  • Sample syllabus—writing course
  • Sample syllabus—methods course
  • Sample syllabus—seminar course

Things to Do in Class

  • Workshopping
  • Peer reviews
  • Proofreading checklist (printable)
  • Afternotes blank—secondary source (printable)
  • Afternotes blank—primary source (printable)
  • Templates:
    • distillation
    • response
    • analytical essay
    • conversation
    • book review
    • close reading
    • historical significance
    • research question
    • compare contrast
    • lens
    • new angle
    • introductions
    • conclusions
  • Exercises:
    • conversation
    • book review
    • compare contrast
    • grading IDs
    • brainstorming claims
    • primary source scavenger hunt
    • word choice
    • assignment prompts
    • sourcetypes
    • problem sentences
    • historical argument
    • narrative v. definition v. claim
    • hedges v. tics
    • distillation
    • revising IDs

Rubrics & Feedback

  • Response essay
  • Analytical essay
  • Annotated bibliography
  • Book review
  • Historiography
  • Imaginative essay
  • Primary source essay-1 document
  • Primary source essay-2 documents
  • Research essay