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Good Historical Writing: Some Thoughts
Good Historical Writing: Some Thoughts
Good Historical Writing: Some Thoughts
Good Historical Writing: Some Thoughts
Good Historical Writing: Some Thoughts
Good Historical Writing: Some Thoughts
Good Historical Writing: Some Thoughts
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Good Historical Writing: Some Thoughts

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Good Historical Writing is Good Historical Thinking and Good Writing. A summary of ideas and concepts from my own thoughts, and other clever peoples' ideas about history and writing.

Good Historical Writing is Good Historical Thinking and Good Writing. A summary of ideas and concepts from my own thoughts, and other clever peoples' ideas about history and writing.

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  • 1. Good History Writing (Is Really Good Historical Thinking and Good Writing)
  • 2. My thoughts on Twitter…. 1. Evidence-based 2. Thoughtful 3. Purposeful 4. Respect audience and subject 5. "Long enough to reach the ground." 6. ...I think that's it.
  • 3. From Your Syllabus “The grade is based primarily on the strength of your argument as an answer to the question: thesis, historical evidence (completeness and handling), logic, clarity.”
  • 4. My Source: Derek Bok Center Rubric •Thesis •Use of evidence •Design (organization) •Basic writing skills (grammar, mechanics, spelling).
  • 5. Good Writing (Greenbush Education Services Center, Common Core Presentation, 21 April 2014)
  • 6. Andrews and Burke, “What Does It Mean to Think Historically?” (aka “The Five C’s”) 1. Change over time. 2. Context. 3. Causality. 4. Contingency. 5. Complexity
  • 7. Tim Lacy’s Four More C’s (and an S) of Good Historical Writing 6. Chronology. 7. Citations. 8. Conjecture. 9. Characters. 10. Storytelling.
  • 8. Additional Sources • David Willecke, “An Inflammatory Guide To Writing History Papers: The Quest for Clarity and Specificity.“ • Heather Cox Richardson’s advice for college students of history: Richardson’s Rules of Order, 2009, The Historical Society Blog. http://histsociety.blogspot.com/search/label/Richardson%27s%20Rules%20 of%20Order
  • 9. Sources • Background Image: Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, Japanese Bronze Cast Plate With Lotus Sutra Text – 1141. Picture by Jonathan Dresner, 2012. • Greenbush tweet: “@GreenbushESC Argumentative writing with #CommonCore pic.twitter.com/DzwkoI9gAH” https://twitter.com/GreenbushESC/status/458279277784756224 • Dresner Tweet: https://twitter.com/jondresner/status/458097239613648896 • Harvard Standards, “Grading Papers, From a list by Lewis Hyde, edited by Sue Lonoff, with thanks to Richard Marius's writing handbook.” http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/html/icb.topic58474/GradingPapers.html copyright 2002-2006. • Thomas Andrews and Flannery Burke, “What Does It Mean to Think Historically?” Perspectives, January 2007. http://www.historians.org/publications-and- directories/perspectives-on-history/january-2007/what-does-it-mean-to-think-historically • Tim Lacy, “The Nine Cs of Historical Thinking,” http://thinkingthroughhistory.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/the-nine-cs-of-historical- thinking/

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