What Does The Syllabus Say about the 3-Part Writing?

In the Main Part of the Syllabus

3-Part Writing Assignments:

2 Ways Your 3-Part Writing Can Help You

With permission of the History Department, you do not have to know all of this at the beginning but by the end. For example, if you did not follow all of the basic 5 rules for evidence on the 1st Part but did by the 3rd Part, the grade for the 3rd Part replaces the 1st Part. Tip: The Syllabus & Success Assignment provides a visual of how this works.

To help you learn efficiently, the 3-Part Writing also lets you look at related content (what you have to learn) and use the same focus on evidence (what you have to do with evidence) in 3 assignments:

·         1st Part on the Basics of Evidence (with your creating your own cheatsheet for how to do footnotes and doing a hand-written, very brief in-class writing using content from the textbook to show that you can cite).

·         2nd Part on the Basics of Footnotes (with your doing footnotes and all formatting issues in a file that you submit in Turnitin and will later use to complete the 3rd Part writing).

·         3rd Part on Bringing It All Together (with your writing a short paper using the textbook and primaries provided in the Blackboard course and submitting it to Turnitin).

How Writing Assignments Work in This Course

Writing assignments are freshman level, brief, and use only the textbook and resources in the course. You focus on a specific historical question as though you were teaching another student. You follow rules for citation provided in the course. 5 very basic rules for evidence—rules essential not just for history but keeping a job. Grading is not about your style or your opinion or your memories—or mine. It requires you practice skills essential to get and keep a good job.

How Evidence Quizzes Help You Succeed with Writing Assignments

The main purpose of the Evidence Quizzes are to help you recognize the IF and the WHEN below:

·         IF you know or do not know the basic rules for evidence that you need for this class. Tip: If you miss many questions, you do not need to memorize a lot of words to get the right answers on the quiz. Instead, you need to realize that you must follow instructions carefully because this work is different from your prior work.

·         WHEN you need to check the rules to be sure or—if you are not sure—to ask your instructor for help.

Location of Your Work and Why You Have to Act Before You See All the Content

Instructions and everything you need for the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Part of the writing are in the folder:
Evidence Quizzes & 1st Part, 2nd Part, & 3rd Part Writing.

To reduce the odds that you work contrary to instructions and have difficulties, some actions require you do something first. Examples are:

·         You see the 2nd Part only after you complete the required Quizzes.

·         You see points entered for work only after you respond to my feedback following instructions provided in class.

3-Part Writing Assignment and the Orange Folder Used to Hold Your Work and Your Instructor’s Feedback

I “lend” you a folder (cheap, ugly, orange) for all of your marked papers and all of your feedback from me. With the 2nd and 3rd Parts, you always return my orange folder with not only the new work but also all prior work and all prior feedback. You will be stronger if you should use them to improve, but at least you must keep all of them in the folder. I cannot grade without those prior papers and they must be there for part of your points.

2nd Part and the 3rd Part and the 2 Items to Submit (Turnitin and of Your Paper) On-Time:

With both the 2nd Part and the 3rd Part, you use Turnitin. With Turnitin in this class, you:

·         Submit your file to Turnitin in Blackboard. (The History Department does not use Turnitin at a separate website.)

·         May resubmit your file many times until the Due Date. For example, you may submit to Turnitin for feedback on grammar and plagiarism, then correct the file, and resubmit it. Submit early so you can ask questions on such things as what Turnitin has identified and you know how long it takes you to submit with your Internet and computer.


With the 2nd and 3rd Part, you are submitting two things—the file to Turnitin and the print of the paper to your instructor. You must do these 2 things for your work to be graded.

1.       Submit your file before 11:59 PM on the Due Date.

2.       Bring a single-sided print of the paper to your instructor before the seating chart is complete on your next class day after the Due Date in Turnitin. Caution: The print and its folder (once you have that) are not accepted late.


In the List of Due Dates at the End of the Syllabus – With the Dates Blacked Out

Evidence Quizzes & 3-Part Writing – Work Spread Over Unit 1, 2, and 3

Caution:  For you to get points and me to grade, you keep in the orange folder all papers I give you and you give me.

The Open dates are likely to remain as stated, but the due dates may not stay the same depending on how fast I can give you feedback on the 1st Part. I may set due dates specific to your class based on when I return feedback to your class. If I have to change the dates specified, I will reissue the List of Due Dates.




Date and Hour Due



Do the 4 Evidence Self-Tests on basics of evidence in history. (If you do not make 80% on each Self-Test and if you want the 40 points, do the Full-Tests.)


Lab to do 4 Self-Tests on Evidence Quizzes  2/1. (You have until 2/10 to do the 4 Full-Tests to 80%.)



1st Part: Practice with evidence using textbook pages applicable to the 3rd Part and provided in Blackboard so you can read ahead. A Prof’s Demo with a handout so you can create your own “cheat sheet” on how to cite that you bring into the class for the in-class writing (20 points).
Next class day: you write about ½ page on notebook paper
(60 points, 30 for content, 30 for the Good Habits for Evidence). You must have readable handwriting or you must follow me to type it.

2/5 (est.)

Prof’s Demo and Q&A– 2/11 (est.)

Last 30 minutes of next class day2/15(est.) In-class writing (Your Instructor provides notebook paper and copies of textbook pages; you bring a pen, your “cheatsheet.”)


After Grading: In the orange folder I lend you, I will return 3 things: your 2 papers and my grading rubric.

80 (60 + 20)


2nd Part:  Correct footnotes and bibliography (70 points) per the grading Checklist. These are the same footnotes you use with the 3rd Part paper. 3 Items in folder, 2 new items (5,5) in the folder

2/17 (est.)

Prof’s Demo and Q&A 2/18 (est.)

File in Turnitin- 3/7 (est.) pre 11:59 PM
Print and orange folder to instructor– 3/8
(est.) before seating chart complete.

80 (70 + 5 +5)


Part 3: Your footnote paper with primaries (60 points, 30 for content, 30 for the Good Habits for Evidence) 4 Items in folder, 2 new items in folder (5,5) Tip: You can also make an appointment for feedback with your professor before your submit.

3/3 (est.)

File in Turnitin- 4/14 (est.) pre 11:59 PM
Print and orange folder to instructor -4/15
(est.) before seating chart complete.

70 (60 + 5 +5)