does it mean to read, think, and write as a historian? In English
198D, we will explore this question, drawing in part on the lectures
readings for History of the Americas 135. The goal of English
is to help students critically read history texts, conduct research,
arguments, evaluate their own writing as well as that of their
and use feedback to revise their drafts. Students will also learn to
history course materials for cues as to the underlying assumptions of
the nature of the audience addressed, the beliefs about what counts as
evidence, and the characteristic ways of building arguments in the
activities in the writing link reflect the importance of writing as a
of learning. Students will write to think through particular
or problems as well as to articulate what they already know.
will do much of this writing as homework assignments that may include
of readings, development of group presentations, and short pieces
to a longer paper.
198D uses a workshop format, with students sharing their ideas and
in small groups and with the full class. In addition to regular
meetings, students will also attend individual conferences with the
on each major essay.
English 198D shares some texts and assignments with History of the
135, the writing class has separate reading, discussion, presentation,
and writing tasks. To do well in English 198D, however, you will
need to keep up with history course lectures, discussions, and
I will attend lectures and meet with history course staff, but you
as the primary link between the courses.
role in the writing course is to provide the tools and resources you
need to advance your own thinking about U.S. history through your
I will pose questions, design activities to help you think through
questions, and respond to the substance of what you write. Your
is to do the hard work—the critical readings, analyses, and
You will generate ideas, evaluate evidence, and construct arguments
to concerns raised in the history course. You will revise your
until they are as good as you can make them.
Hours: TTh 10:30-11:30