USU 1320: History and Civilization
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A Guide To Writing in History and Classics
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Standards for Written Work
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The following is an overview of the standards which will be applied to the composition and evaluation of Papers and Reactions. These are important to bear in mind as you prepare Written Work for this class.

The Content and Format of Papers and Reactions

The Content of Papers/Reactions. All Papers must stem from QTTs (Quality Thesis Topics) in the form in which they have been expressed and approved in class and must center on material in the Chapters on this web site. Likewise, Reactions should address directly the article under review. Papers must follow the enumeration system discussed in class (T, A, B, C, ...); Reactions do not.

Stick to the Topic. In general, all Written Work in this class must address course material primarily, and other issues secondarily. Stick to the QTT you and your Pentad created (see Section 21 in The Writing Guide)! There is no need to do research outside of the materials provided for you in the class (the Chapters on line), but if you wish to, you may.

Papers versus Reactions and Group Work. There is no prescribed balance of Papers or Reactions or Group Work. Do whatever combination of Group Work or Written Work exercises you want in the process of accumulating the maximum of 550 points designated for this aspect of your grade.

Word Count. At the bottom of your Paper or Reaction, please include a word count. Papers which have fewer than 550 words will automatically lose one-third of the possible credit (content). Reactions which have fewer than 300 words will lose half their possible credit (content). The number of words in a document can be easily determined by looking under "File" and then "Properties" in the menu of any Word text (look under "Statistics") or WordPerfect text (look under "Information"). Any student who falsifies or misrepresents in any way the word count will have that piece of Written Work returned with no credit.

Line-Spacing. The three lines at the top of the page (giving your name, the specific assignment and the date; see next paragraph) should be single-spaced. The rest of the paper should be double-spaced.

At the top of Papers and Reactions. [Click here to see an example of a properly formatted paper (pdf file).] At the top of the first page of all Written Work, you should include the following information, in the following order:

* On the first line, put your first and last name.

* On the second line, put (a) the Part of the class to which the Written Work pertains, (b) the type of assignment (e.g. Paper, Reaction, Capstone) and (c) the specific assignment your Written Work is addressing (i.e. the full title of the article to which you are reacting or the full QTT you are addressing). If this runs beyond the line, that is fine. Capstones need note "Capstone" only; that is, they do not need to cite a Part of the class or a specific assignment.

* On the third (or next) line, put the date on which you turned in this written work.

Then leave one line empty and begin the Paper or Reaction.

The Schedule for Writing Papers and Reactions

Only ONE Paper and/or Reaction per Part of the Class. A student may turn in for credit only one Paper and/or Reaction pertaining to any single Part of the class.

Deadlines. Written Work must be turned in as hard copy—I will not accept any Written Work electronically!—at or before the beginning of class on the date designated as the deadline for that assignment (see Syllabus). No Written Work will be accepted for full credit once class has begun (to see class policy on late work, click here). Please do not interrupt a lecture to turn in an assignment!

 

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