How to Research and Write About History
In this 6-week class, students will learn how to research primary and secondary sources and a write a 5-10-page history research paper using Turabian formatting.
year old learners
learners per class
$13 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 6 weeks
55 minutes per class
US Grade 9 - 12
In this class, students will learn to research and write a history research paper. By the end of this six-week class, students will have learned through class experience to research primary and secondary sources and write their paper over their chosen history topic. In week one, students will choose a topic of history research. They will brainstorm and outline their ideas. This week, we will discuss the importance of narrowing a broad topic to a subject that can be covered in four to seven...
Students will gain an understanding of the importance of using primary and secondary sources in history research. They will learn to format a history paper according to the Turabian style guide. Turabian is a more complicated method of formatting that is appropriate for history papers.
I have a master's degree in history and a master's degree in professional writing. I have published history papers. I won first place for my history research at a research symposium in 2018.
At the end of each week, students will be given a portion of their research to conduct or paper to write for the next week's class. Homework could take anywhere between two and four hours, depending upon the individual student. Students will be expected to read enough of the sources to be familiar with the topic presented and the viewpoint of the authors.
Students will need access to a computer with a word processing software in order to complete their research papers. They will also need to bring to class materials to take notes such as paper or notecards and a pen or pencil. Students will need to have access to the internet and/or print sources (books and/or periodicals) to conduct their research. They will also need their own copy of the style guide for Turabian formatting
I will provide a letter grade and detailed feedback at the end of this six-week class.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Students will be able to choose their area of history research, within reason. Topics must be approved by the teacher. It is important to note, per Outschool policy, all topics must be secular in nature. Topics that involve racism, sexism, bigotry, or any oppression of marginalized groups will not be allowed. The topic must be one over which scholarly research can be conducted.
Students will be taught to use Google Scholar to locate primary sources. They will need access to books, periodicals and/or websites for their research. We will refer to the Turabian style guide throughout the class.
Meet the teacher
My name is Kandy Crosby-Hastings. I teach history, classic literature, and writing classes. I am a homeschool parent of two sons, who are now teenagers. We have homeschooled for thirteen years. I also have experience working in the public school...