ERIC Number: ED248523
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
History 301J, "Research & Writing."
Baxter, Douglas Clark
The integration of content area writing instruction into the history curriculum has been a slow process. A history course at Ohio University (Athens) offers students experience in writing the type of materials written by practicing historians: book reviews, journal articles, and articles for encyclopedias and biographical dictionaries. Such short writing assignments are also suited to 10-week academic quarters. The intended audience in the class is the educated, but nonspecialist, reader. Students select a research topic and then pursue it through the quarter, completing each of the genres in relation to their topic. Each piece is critiqued by the instructor, revised, and resubmitted. Grading involves marking of inappropriate grammar, spelling, and other mechanics, as well as noting organization, logic, clarity, and precision in language. This system provides continual writing experience and prompt feedback from the instructor. Most helpful to this class structure is the instructor's knowledge of English composition theory in the area of prewriting and of heuristics systems suggested by composition researchers. Such interdisciplinary efforts, although difficult to accomplish, are necessary if students are to integrate what they have been taught in English courses with the experience of writing in their own disciplines. (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Council of Teachers of English Spring Conference (3rd, Columbus, OH, April 12-14, 1984).