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History - Oral History Paper, Essay

The papers in this course are exercises in research and writing. They are designed to enhance both analytical and communication skills and to provide a deeper understanding of history. The Oral History Response Paper will be an essay based on both primary and secondary sources, but must use an oral history interview. The goal of the paper is to discuss what we can learn about a broad topic, from the experience of an individual. To help start your research, you should select a topic that you are interested in learning more about. You may choose any topic pertaining to U.S. History, but you may find a topic from the Twentieth Century that is covered in our textbook to be the easiest option. Regardless, your topic should be narrow enough to provide clear focus for your paper. For example, a paper on World War II would be too broad. You can focus the paper by looking at something specific about the war, life on the homefront, women in the workforce, Japanese Internment, a specific battle, etc. Once you have a topic, your next step it to identify an oral history interview in a library or other archive, or an individual you are interested in interviewing. You can earn 10% extra credit by conducting your own interview. One way to find completed interviews is to do an internet search with your topic combined with “oral history project” as the search terms. Once you’ve chosen you topic/interview you should attempt to gain an understanding of the broad history involved so that you may discuss the interview in its historical context. You may find it helpful to use primary and secondary sources. You must use one additional secondary source by a historian or other scholar. Our textbook, other textbooks, blogs and websites generally do not fulfill this requirement. You need to use a scholarly source (journal article or chapter from a textbook) that provides a detailed investigation into your topic. . You may use additional primary and sources if needed. Again, your task is to develop an argument about what we can understand about a broad historical topic from the experience/point of view of the individual interviewed. The best papers will do this by supplementing the information in the interview with additional historical context from reliable sources. When writing the paper, imagine your audience as intelligent readers craving new knowledge about the past, but who are unfamiliar with this individual experience. What can you tell them about the sources that will surprise them—that will deepen their understanding of American history? Requirements and Deadlines • The research paper will be about 1000-1200 words (about 4-5 pages). • Use standard formatting—double spaced, 12 point font, one inch margins. • Use footnotes and a consistent citation style. Chicago/Turabian is preferred, but APA or MLA is also acceptable. • The paper is due Monday, April 10, by the end of the day. Submit the paper on Canvas as a MS Word, pdf, or rtf file. If you use a Mac, you MUST convert .pages documents to one of the listed formats. Work submitted as a Pages file will receive a 10% late penalty. You do NOT need to turn in a hard copy. • You can earn 10% extra credit added to your paper score by conducting your own interview. You do not need to turn in a recording or transcript to receive the extra credit. However, I recommend you record the interview to make it easier to draw quotes for your paper. If you are interviewing a family member, you will likely also want to preserve the interview for the future. For additional tips on conducting the interview visit: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/libraries/bancroft-library/oral-history-center/oral-history-tips or http://www.oral history.org/about/principles-and-practices/ Writing the Essay Success in these assignments will depend on careful research and clear writing. There are links on Canvas to websites featuring tutorials to help you: • Crafting a Thesis: A strong thesis goes beyond simply reporting what you found; it uses the evidence to broaden, qualify, or even contradict our understanding of an important theme in U.S. history. Your thesis may emerge gradually as you wrestle with your documents in early drafts. In your finished paper, however, feature your thesis in the introduction. • Working the Evidence: Most of a history essay should consist of “evidence paragraphs,” which develop and support the thesis with quotations. Quote when you’ve made an assertion your reader is unlikely to accept without proof. After you quote, always explain: try to tease unforeseen implications out of the evidence; try to fend off a naysayer’s objection to your reading of the quotation. • Structuring the Essay: As your paragraphs begin to emerge from this process of working the evidence, unify each one with a topic sentence, and arrange them in a sequence that builds toward your strongest claims. Your finished essay should thus feature a clearly sign-posted order as it advances from the introduction through your body paragraphs and, finally, to your conclusion. Grading Rubric Your essay will be graded using the following rubric. The paper will be graded out of 100 points, broken down as follows. Introduction and Thesis 30 points Evidence and Analysis 30 points Structure and Organization 20 points Conclusion 10 points Language and Mechanics 10 points Conducting your own interview 10 points (extra credit)
The papers in this course are exercises in research and writing. They are designed to enhance both analytical and communication skills and to provide a deeper understanding of history. The Oral History Response Paper will be an essay based on both primary and secondary sources, but must use an oral history interview.
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