In today’s class, I will explain my expectations for the quality of your writing and the principles of good writing that I expect you to follow. We will also discuss key principles of historical analysis.
Complete these readings and use them to answer the questions for your second assignment:
William Strunk, The Elements of Style (7-8, 11-13)
UNC Writing Center, “Thesis Statements”
Assignment #2 – Second writing assignment – due by class-time on Jan. 23 – .5% of final grade
Write one or more single-spaced page answering these questions (you may copy and paste the questions into the document):
 What is a primary source? Provide a specific example and a link to where you found it.
 What is a secondary source? Provide a specific example and a link to where you found it.
 What is the ‘unit of composition’ in a historical essay?
 When you are conducting historical research online, what characteristics make a site seem credible (or not credible?)
 In a historical essay, what is the difference between summary and analysis?
 According to Strunk, what are two characteristics of a good paragraph?
 What other principles of good writing does Strunk identify?
 According to the Hamilton College Guide, what are some of the most common errors in history papers?
 What are some of the characteristics of an effective thesis statement?
Email the assignment to me prior to class.