Introduction to the Study of History
Course Outline and Due Dates for Assignments
Tuesday-Thursday (21 August - 07 October 2008)
21 Aug: First Day of Class: What is History?
26 Aug: Why write History? How do Historians Work?
[Rampolla, 1-5 and 5-24; Essay on the Nature of History; Discussion Questions 1 Due]
28 Aug: Choosing a Research Topic and Research Questions.
[Rampolla, 3-4, 69-87; Handout on Choosing a Topic]
02 Sep: Compiling and Annotating the Bibliography.
[Rampolla, 29-31, 72-84, 121-133, and 138-151; Handout on the Annotated Bibliography]
04 Sep: Analyzing a Student Research Paper.09 Sep: Analyzing Documentation, Quotations, and Footnotes; Avoiding Plagiarism.
[Rampolla, 43-68; Sample Research Paper; Discussion Questions 2, Pt. I. Due]
[Rampolla, 88-95 and 96-120; Sample Research Paper; Discussion Questions 2, Pt. II. Due]
11 Sep: Presentations on Research Topics; Research Topic Statement and Preliminary Bibliography
16 Sep: Additional Presentations Day (if needed).
18 Sep: Critical Reading: The Content and Structure of a Good History Essay.
[Rampolla, 43-68; Gerhard L. Weinberg, “July 20, 1944: The German Resistance to
Hitler”; Handout on the Elements of a Good History Essay; Discussion Questions 3 Due]
23 Sep: Critical Reading: Primary Sources.
[Rampolla, 9-13 and 17-24; Handout on Reading a Primary Sources and Sample Primary
Sources; Discussion Questions 4 Due]
25 Sep: The Primary Source Essay.
Primary Source (The Battle on Lexington Green) Essay Due.
Revised Research Topic Statement (if needed) and Annotated Bibliography Due.
30 Sep: The Critical Book Review.
[Rampolla, 31-33; Handout on Writing Book Reviews; Sample Book Review; Discussion
Questions 5 Due]
02 Oct: Critical Analysis: Primary and Secondary Sources on the Internet.
[Rampolla, 16-17; Discussion Questions 6 and Oral Presentation on the Evaluation of Internet
Sources] See http://www.h-net.org/mmreviews/showrev.cgi?path=734 for an example of an
Internet Analysis. The site is Plimoth Plantation: Living Breathing History.
07 Sep: Additional Internet Presentations (if needed). Complete Portfolio is due.
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