This course, a sequence of 史學英文寫作 I, continues to train students to summarize, report, criticize, and conduct research. During the first-half of the semester, we will rehearse skills in various modes of writing, including but not confined to: (1) descriptive (detailed description), (2) analytic (definition, comparison and contrast, review or thematic analysis of a creative work or a historical essay), (3) argumentative (essay questions, causality, and enumeration) and (4) creative (figure of speech, analogy, story writing / anecdotes, etc.). The second-half of the semester places emphasis on the step-by-step process involved in writing a research paper. Just as what we covered in previous course, grammar review and vocabulary potency will still be a valuable adjunct to this semester’s training. Although our course aims at the upper-division writing breadth accomplishment, students who do not take史學英文寫作 I are impartially welcome.
For all students, two papers of around 3 pages constitute the main substance of the first-half of the semester. Themes for writing will be individually chosen from a book review, statement of purpose or autobiography, and writing about an image.
A Final Term Paper:
For graduate students, it is necessary to fulfill a thesis-support final paper of 8-10 pages, citing at least 10 academic sources. For undergraduates, such a term paper, though strongly recommended, is not compulsory. Undergraduates have the choice to produce a lengthier term paper or two short essays by practicing related tactics and skills.
Groups of students will be responsible to post a one-page reflection with questions and topics worth discussing related to sample readings and writing techniques assigned prior to class session.
Each student is required to do two group presentations respectively on writing techniques and sample readings. Students who work on a final term paper will have to give an oral presentation in the end of the semester.