Course curriculum

  • 1


    • [1 min] Welcome and Learning Outcomes - Writing a Historical Essay

    • Before we begin please answer a few quick questions...

    • Guidelines for Excellent Large Group Discussion Online

  • 2

    Collect Data and Craft a Timeline

    • [3 min] Introducing the textbook Finding History by Christine Bombaro

    • [5 hours] Five Annotations and Visual Chronology

  • 3

    Craft the Essay

    • [13 min] Writing a Historical Thesis

    • [5 hours] Historical Essay Draft and Peer Review

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify narrative elements of non-fiction historical essay writing

  • Recognize where data best supports explanations of events, and if these happenings are major or minor

  • Demonstrate causal connections between events

  • Distinguish serendipitous events from those resulting from causal connections

Writing a Historical Essay

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Old newspapers Photo by Rishabh Sharma on Unsplash

Old fountain pen, journal, map and compass Photo by Eugenia Ai on Unsplash



Logan Williams

Dr. Logan Williams is an independent scholar, a lecturer at the University of Maryland, College Park, and the principal of Inclusive Research by Design. Her book Eradicating Blindness (Palgrave Macmillan) investigates engineers and ophthalmologists creating "innovation from below": designing, producing, and distributing services and technologies centered around a marginalized population — in that example South Asians who were blind and low vision from cataracts. Dr. Williams has a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.S. and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. She volunteers for two peer-reviewed journals as an Associate Editor for Science as Culture and a Book Review Editor for Science, Technology, and Society. For video introduction, see: Video introduction of Logan Williams on You Tube

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