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Unformatted text preview: History Writing Guide Scott T.G. Norton History 6B Professor Di Wang Spring 2009 Writing is one of the most fundamental skills we as human beings have invented and yet the majority of us still have only a basic understanding of how it is best done. Academic writing is yet another mountain to scale when we attempt to converse with either our colleagues, professors, or readers. Yet, when writing a piece of academic literature, whether it is a response paper, article, research, or dissertation, there are some essentials that one must remember. Below are some general guidelines to writing a better historical response paper, as well as some links to outside sources where one can find additional material on writing. Enjoy! The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: Response Paper Guidelines & Grading Criteria When constructing a historical response paper, there are several key points to keep in mind. One, what is your subject. Framing your paper around themes, a given time period, select texts, and/or materials will indelibly shape your response. Keeping these in mind, as well as their given limits to use, will help you build a better paper. Once this material has been analyzed, find your own opinion and voice. Key to this is your thesis, which will both respond to the papers prompt, as well as establish...
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