WITTD - Thinking about Context

At this point in time, you should have done enough preliminary research about your topic for the Research to Learn Project to have a good basic understanding of its historical context. Take a few moments to write about the historical context associated with your topic. Think in BIG PICTURE terms.

For instance, many of you have chosen topics that are associated with slavery. How was slavery a social issue, a political issue, a Westward expansion issue, a cultural issue, and an economic issue? (This might be very helpful for one of the exam II essay questions.)

Thinks about your historical topic and its context. Write 4 to 6 sentences that setup context. These sentences should help your readers understand the complexity of your topic. If you are dealing with a historical figure, think about the issues or challenges that this person had to deal with during his or her time period ---the social, political, cultural, and economic issues that your figure faced.


  • Topic Proposals are all graded! Please see the in-text comments on your proposals! Many of you did not cite a source in the proposal, which was an important requirement. If you would like to revise for a better grade you may. However, you must come to office hours to have me grade it and to get the grade change.
  • The Source Reviews and Working Bibliography Assignment is due tonight

Looking Ahead to the End of the Semester -- Here is What is on the Horizon...

  • The Rhetorical Situation Project: Group Presentations -- Grading on November 15th and 17th
  • Thanksgiving Week
  • The Rhetorical Situation Project: The Blog Post --- Nov. 29th
  • First Year Symposium --- Dec. 1st
  • Final Portfolio for LCE --- Dec. 6th (Last Day of Class)
  • In addition to these assignments, you will be asked to add to and build upon your Reflective Overview Memo from the Midterm Portfolio Assessment Assignment throughout the rest of the semester to complete your Writing Portfolio. Remember that the final Portfolio assessment is worth a significant chunk of points at 180 points. This means you should work hard to keep your Portfolio organized and up to date with documents that provide evidence of your learning and engagement with 1302.

A Word or Two about Absences ...

Over the next few weeks you will be given some class time to work on your group presentations. Therefore, it is vital that you come to class ready and prepared to work with your group members. It essential and vital that you are here and that you communicate with your group members!

Source Review Peer Review

Working with Partners and using the Source Review Checklist, conduct a peer review of one source review. Your job as a peer reviewer is to carefully evaluate someone's writing. Use comments to let the writer know the following:

  • How well the writer has met the assignment guidelines and the formatting requirements
  • When the writer has done something good --a clever insight, a nicely integrated source, a thorough summary
  • When there is problem:
    • Writing is difficult to understand or lacks clarity
    • Parts of the source review are missing or inadequate
    • Parts of the source review appear to be plagiarized
    • Quoted material is not properly introduced or explained


  • No specific composition homework so that you can spend all your weekend studying for Exam II in History!
  • We will spend part of Monday's class working on Exam Question #1 for the History Test!