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Final Presentation Schedule Now Posted

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Hello all in H299 at 9 am. As promised, I’ve put together our schedule for final presentations. I’ve done it both thematically (grouping presenters working on related time periods, themes, or categories – e.g. early US History, global history, etc.) and also randomly (once grouped, the orders of groups were chosen by lottery.)

Quick notes and links:

– see our site’s presentation schedule page (HERE) for the final-presentations schedule. DON’T FORGET TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE SPEAKING CENTER IF YOU HAVEN’T GONE YET. Do so soon — they book up very quickly at the end of the semester…

– see our assignment’s page for details on the 10-minute presentation assignment (HERE)

– we’ll be doing a workshop on Monday, 11/19, on the topic of visual for presentations. Note: the syllabus currently says we’ll be watching a video on the topic — given our recent lost day to the snowstorm, I’m moving our 11/14 workshop to 11/19. Here’s what to prepare for that date:

11/19 Discussion: Oral Presentations – Techniques and Visual Aids 

– Reading: TUR, 122-127
– Bring visual or handout for your 10-minute presentation to class
– Blog about your past experiences in doing presentations before an audience 




Meeting Schedule – Updated

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

The storm has slightly (only slightly…) complicated our individual meetings for this week. Here’s the updated schedule below, and if you’re looking for reminders on what to prep, see this post.

If you have a chance, also take a look at this week’s Storm Distractions post re: this week’s other tasks (blogging) and tips for time management.


Wed 10/31

9:15 Heather

9:30 Samuel


Fri 11/2

9:00 Amanda

9:15 Katelyn

9:30 Morgan

11:00 Emile

11:15 Joanna

11:30 Emily


Mon 11/5

9:00 Jason

9:15 Jessica

9:30 Cameron


Typhoon Sandy Arrives

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Classes were just cancelled for UMW for Monday. If you were schedule to meet with me to discuss your research paper, please send me an email and we’ll reschedule for either Wednesday or Friday. One note: my email at home is currently moving at dial-up speed, so I may be slightly slow to respond.

If you’re scheduled to meet with me between 9-10 on Wednesday, btw, we’ll keep to that same schedule.

Stay safe during the storm!


Upcoming Schedule and Individual Appointments

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

What’s coming up for us next in the 9:00am Hist299 class:

– workshops on using primary sources (next week / week 9)

– individual meetings (week 10):

• be ready to discuss your progress in reading primary sources
• be ready to discuss your argument
• be ready to share a rough thesis that you are developing

– In three weeks (week 11): 11/7, wed: thesis workshop, 11/9, fri: research paper outline due

– In four weeks (week 12) 11/14, wed: intro paragraph due, 11/16, fri: research paper due

[note: 11/12 class is cancelled]

Monday’s Workshop 10/22 and Assignments

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Monday’s 9:00 am workshop will focus on strategies and approaches to evaluating primary sources. Please read the Howell #2 reading assignment at our Readings / Assignments page. Note: the scan of this book segment is a bit backwards, but all the pages are there — read pp. 61-68.

The other homework for Monday is to read, complete, and bring to class (in printed form) the “Kent State Exercise.” Note: you can simply bring a print out of your analysis for each source / section there instead of printing each page and filling it out by hand. Either way, be prepared to hand in the completed assignment.

If you have any Q’s, drop Prof. F an email!

“Shitty First Drafts” Reading Now Available

Friday, October 19th, 2012

The two readings introduced in class today–Anne Lamott’s “Shitty First Drafts” and “Short Assignments”–is now uploaded to our reading page here at the website (password protected.) They’re optional readings, but highly recommended… esp. for those who may have writer’s block!

If you have any trouble accessing the files, just drop Prof. Fernsenber a line.

Done with the Lit Review?

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Have you finished your second draft? Ready for fall break?

Before you turn the paper in on Friday, 10/12, time for a quick double-check:

a) Are your citations correct? Got your endnotes (not footnotes) and works cited bibliography formatted correctly? See the full-page examples offered in this helpful .pdf from Sierra College’s writing center. Remember, for the bibliography, only list the works that you’ve also cited in your endnotes.

b) Double-check your paper against our Writing Checksheet at the Writing page here at this site.

All set? Proofread and polished? Reward yourself!

And don’t forget to bring your laptop computers to class tomorrow along with a list of 3 writing problems you’ve worked on since your rough draft… See you then!


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Lit Review Reminders for Wednesday (10/3)

Monday, October 1st, 2012

(Image: Scary face inspired by a writing a lit review?)

Our 9:00 am Hist 299 class has its first draft of the literature review due this Wednesday (10/3).  Quick reminders:

don’t forget to print 2 copies of your literature review PLUS a printed copy of the lit review peer review form (available at our Assignments Page or this link.)

bring along a mug to class on Wednesday if you’d like some Chinese tea!

Addicted to coffee while you’re writing? Need a writing break and a good distraction? Check out this excellent post entitled “Grad Student’s Guide to Good Coffee” by Jason Heppler at GradHacker.

And finally, have a look at the Twitter convo on lit reviews for tips from those who’ve already been down this road ahead of you…


Creative Commons Image Credit: “scary” by danmachold at Flickr

Plagiarism Tutorial

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

In case anyone’s looking for it, it’s a link at the bottom of our Writing page here at the site…

Presentation Schedule Posted

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Students in the 9:00 Hist 299 class: see the Presentation Schedule page above for the scheduled date of your 4-minute literature review presentation. Presentations will be done over three class sessions starting next Friday.

We’ll review the assignment in class, but please also read it online at our Assignments page.