Forum Instructions

Forum instructions:

The forum assignment is meant to simulate the forums we’ve been reading in the AHR.   As you’ve seen from what we’ve read, there is no set pattern for these kinds of responses to articles or books.  There are, however, a few things I would like to see in each review.

1. A brief summary of the primary arguments of the article to set up your response.

2. An ability to place the article within the historiography it is addressing.  This will mean going through the footnotes and taking a look at the literature that the article seeks to address.  (See examples in the Forum examples posted on Scholar).

3. The majority of the paper should be your response to the article.

So this assignment basically asks you to do three things:

1. summarize

2. be able to place an argument in its historiography

3. evaluate the article: critique and offer alternatives.

The paper should be 7-10 pages and include proper Chicago Manual of Style footnotes.

After you complete the paper, you’ll need to prepare a 10-minute presentation for the class.  You can only cover about 4 pages in 10 minutes.  You should actively prepare to formally present this in class.  This means not only writing down what you are going to say, but also being familiar enough with it that you can present it professionally, not simply read it to the audience.

After the presentations, you will all answer questions from the rest of the class.

You will receive a grade for the written work and a separate grade for the presentation.

If you have any questions, I’d be happy to talk to you outside of class.  Just send me an email to set up an appointment.


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