This upgrade is the writing supplement upgrade for Advanced U.S. History A. By adding this upgrade to Advanced U.S. History A, your student will complete two additional essay assignments across the 16-week course.
Advanced Writing Supplements:
Writing supplements for advanced courses add two writing assignments to the student’s main course. The objectives of this supplement are to provide opportunities to explore ideas from the class in greater depth, to develop skills in literary and historical analysis, and to develop skills used in college-level analytical writing.
Essays will be written in a formal, academic format. Students should have solid writing mechanics (grammar, punctuation, paragraph and essay organization) already in place before add the writing supplement to advanced literature and history courses. The focus of instructor feedback will be on the depth and quality of analysis, less on direct writing instruction.
Students in the advanced writing supplement will not have assignments each week, but will be expected to learn self-pacing in advance of a deadline. Through the Moodle classroom, the instructor will provide guidance on developing an effective thesis, supporting the thesis, researching a topic and choosing primary and secondary sources, proofreading, and revision.
Essays will range from 1000-2000 words. Assigned topics will be at the advanced high school/early college level. Each of the essays will require a first draft and a final draft at minimum. Essays submitted after the deadline (without prior discussion with the instructor) may not receive a thorough review.
Optional Books for Student Reference:
- MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 8th edition preferred
- Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students by Mignon Fogarty
- The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation by Jane Straus
Before taking this class, students should be able to:
- Construct grammatically correct sentences
- Use punctuation correctly when writing
- Write an essay with a clear thesis supported by logical evidence
- Think critically about history
- Follow written directions consistently
- Accept criticism and advice on writing
- Give constructive critique to others when clear criteria are set
- Work independently on assignment lists and learn independently (writing supplements do not meet regularly, so students must be able to learn some skills by working through assignment lists in Moodle and participating in forums)
During this class, students will learn to:
- Summarize historical texts concisely
- Effectively integrate quotes from historical texts into an essay
- Synthesize ideas from multiple readings to examine commonalities
- Compare and contrast historical elements
- Relate history to science, politics, or other real-world happenings
- Use MLA citations and format within the body of an essay and in a works cited section