David M. Lauderback, Ph. D.
Professor of History

NARRATIVE RESEARCH PROJECT OUTLINE GUIDELINES
U.S. HISTORY I — ONLine
B & A-LEVEL OBJECTIVE

http://www.austincc.edu/dlauderb
 

For the grade of B

In addition to the two course contacts, the student must take all fifteen (15) quizzes, all five (5) exams, and:
Failure to take all all fifteen (15) Chapter Quizzes and all (5) Unit Exams will result in a F in the course.

NOTE: The highest grade you can earn in the course without a completed Narrative Research Project is a C.

To complete the B-Level objective, see the Narrative Research Project page for details on how to submit the:

a.) completed Book Choice for the Narrative Project;
b.) completed Topic & Bibliography for the Narrative Project
c.) completed Outline for the Narrative Project (15 points); and
d.) completed Final Draft of the Narrative Project (15 points).
NOTE:  You must complete all parts of the Narrative Project by the deadlines listed in the Course Schedule for the assignment to factor in to your final average and your final grade. You may not earn "partial credit." The points on the outline and final draft are not extra credit.

Instead, like the quizzes and exams, the points on the completed Narrative Project are calculated in the total course average.

REMINDER:

See the Course Schedule for the quiz, exam, contact, and Narrative Research Project deadlines. 

For the grade of A
In addition to the two course contacts, the student must take all fifteen (15) quizzes, all five (5) exams, and:
Failure to take all all fifteen (15) Chapter Quizzes and all (5) Unit Exams will result in a F in the course.

NOTE: The highest grade you can earn in the course without a completed Narrative Research Project is a C.

To complete the A-Level objective, see the Narrative Research Project page for details on how to:

a.) submit your Book Choice for the Narrative Project;
b.) submit your Topic & Bibliography for the Narrative Project
c.) submit the completed Outline for the Narrative Project (15 points); and
d.) submit the completed Final Draft of the Narrative Project (15 points).
NOTE:  You must complete all parts of the Narrative Project by the deadlines listed in the Course Schedule for the assignment to factor in to your final average and your final grade. You may not earn "partial credit." The points on the outline and final draft are not extra credit.

Instead, like the quizzes and exams, the points on the completed Narrative Project are calculated in the total course average.

Failure to take all all fifteen (15) Chapter Quizzes and all (5) Unit Exams will result in a F in the course.

See the Course Schedule for the quiz, exam, contact, and Narrative Research Project deadlines.
Remember, in addition to the two course contacts, the student must take all fifteen (15) quizzes, all five (5) exams, and:
OR

REMINDER:

See the Course Schedule for the quiz, exam, contact, and Narrative Research Project deadlines.

Requirements for the Outline

Students who plan to complete the Narrative Research Project MUST complete an Outline.  The Outline MUST be produced according to the directions below.  There are specific requirements for each part of the Final Draft of the Narrative Project.  Students MUST highlight the key information to be contained in the final draft using the template below.  Students MUST supply direct quotations from the primary and secondary they selected to illustrate the important themes they plan to highlight in their Final Draft and cite as appropriate according to the documentation requirements below.  Additionally, students MUST follow the specific format guidelines listed below.  The Outline will assist you in developing the final draft of your Final Draft.  Students who submit the outline at least two full days before the deadline listed in the Course Schedule will be permitted to revise their Outline as necessary.

The purpose of the Outline is to give students an opportunity to organize their research in a useful manner and to provide the blueprint for the Final Draft.  The Outline must conform to the Format and Documentation Requirements specified below.  Students must submit an Outline by the deadline listed in the Course Schedule.

Please see the Course Schedule for the dates by which you must submit your: Book choice, Topic & Bibliography, Outline, and Final Draft.

Submitting an Outline (15 pts)

Students are expected to accomplish five (5) tasks in the Final Draft:

To assist  in developing the Final Draft, students will be required to complete an Outline of their proposed Narrative Project. A typical Final Draft would be organized as follows. Remember, in your final draft, you delete the outline, i.e., I, II. A. B. and so on, and just use paragraphs.

NOTE: Copy and paste the outline format below to a Word document.  Insert your sentences and quotes and then update the format and documentation.

Title
By [Your Name]

I. Introduction

Use the Introduction to: introduce your subject, provide some background, and offer a dynamic thesis.

[NOTE: In each and every sentence of the outline and final draft be sure to:  

Explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.' Begin your paragraph with a dynamic topic sentence that tells the reader who did what in the paragraph and why it matters. When you tell your reader what you are going to talk about, you describe. When you explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why' it matters, now you analyze. So be sure to start your paragraph with a topic sentence that identifies the key historical actor or actors, explains what they did, and why.  So be sure to tell the reader: 'who' did 'what' and 'why.] 

1. Topic sentence

Start with a topic sentence that sets the stage, that introduces the main historical actors in the book you review and explains why the reader should care about your paper. Be sure to explain who did what and why.

2. Transition Sentence
[Remember, explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.']
3. 1st Main Theme -- explain one of the two main themes of the book
[Remember, explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.']
4. 2nd Main Theme -- explain one of the two main themes of the book
[Remember, explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.']
5. 3rd Main Theme -- explain one of the two main themes of the book
[Remember, explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.']
6. Transition Sentence
[Remember, explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.']

7. Thesis
[Remember, explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.']

State your thesis.  In one sentence, tell me what the historical actors did and -- most important -- why.

II. Analysis
A. Historical Context
Purpose:  Here students will use the secondary sources from the Topic & Bibliography to provide historiographical context.  Students will explain how the secondary sources treat the themes stated in the introduction.  The purpose of this paragraph is to give the reader a sense of what other historians have said about the topic.

Directions:  Focus on your Topic and use the information from the sources in the Bibliography to talk about how other historians have dealt with the same themes.  You should be able to use your main purpose of the secondary sources in Bibliography to expand on the historical context covered in the introduction.

[Outline format]

1. Topic sentence

[NOTE: In each and every sentence of the outline and final draft be sure to: 

Explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.' Begin your paragraph with a dynamic topic sentence that tells the reader who did what in the paragraph and why it matters. When you tell your reader what you are going to talk about, you describe. When you explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why' it matters, now you analyze. So be sure to start your paragraph with a topic sentence that identifies the key historical actor or actors, explains what they did, and why.  So be sure to tell the reader: 'who' did 'what' and 'why.']

2. Quote from secondary source with end note.
3. Quote from secondary source with end note.
4. Quote from secondary source with end note.
5. Quote from secondary source with end note.
6. Quote from secondary source with end note.
7. Concluding sentence
Use at least five (5) quotes from at least four (4) different secondary sources in points 2-6 above.  You may include more quotes and add the number of points you intend to make in your Final Draft.  See the Documentation requirements below for the proper format for citing your sources.
B. Evidence -- 1st theme
Purpose:  In the next three paragraphs, students will examine the themes discussed in the introduction by offering evidence drawn from the primary sources.  These paragraphs give the student a chance to show the reader the evidence they have collected and how that evidence supports their contention in the thesis statement.

Directions:  Collect selected quotes from the primary sources that illustrate the first of the three (3) points made in the introduction and which support the thesis statement.  Organize your evidence as follows:

[Outline format]

1. Topic sentence

[NOTE: In each and every sentence of the outline and final draft be sure to: 

Explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.' Begin your paragraph with a dynamic topic sentence that tells the reader who did what in the paragraph and why it matters. When you tell your reader what you are going to talk about, you describe. When you explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why' it matters, now you analyze. So be sure to start your paragraph with a topic sentence that identifies the key historical actor or actors, explains what they did, and why.  So be sure to tell the reader: 'who' did 'what' and 'why.]

2. Quote from primary source with end note.
3. Quote from primary source with end note.
4. Quote from primary source with end note.
5. Quote from primary source with end note.
6. Quote from primary source with end note.
7. Concluding sentence
Use at least five (5) quotes from at least four (4) different primary sources in points 2-6 above.  You may include more quotes and add the number of points you intend to make in your Final Draft.  See the Documentation requirements below for the proper format for citing your sources.
C. Evidence -- 2nd Theme
    Purpose:  See B. Above

    Directions:  Collect selected quotes from the primary sources that illustrate the second of the three (3) points made in the introduction and which support the thesis statement.  Organize your evidence as follows:

    [Outline format]

      1. Topic sentence

[NOTE: In each and every sentence of the outline and final draft be sure to: 

Explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.' Begin your paragraph with a dynamic topic sentence that tells the reader who did what in the paragraph and why it matters. When you tell your reader what you are going to talk about, you describe. When you explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why' it matters, now you analyze. So be sure to start your paragraph with a topic sentence that identifies the key historical actor or actors, explains what they did, and why.  So be sure to tell the reader: 'who' did 'what' and 'why.]

      2. Quote from primary source with end note.
      3. Quote from primary source with end note.
      4. Quote from primary source with end note.
      5. Quote from primary source with end note.
      6. Quote from primary source with end note.
      7. Concluding sentence


    Use at least five (5) quotes from at least four (4) different primary sources in points 2-6 above.  You may include more quotes and add the number of points you intend to make in your Final Draft.  See the Documentation requirements below for the proper format for citing your sources.

D. Evidence -- 3rd Theme
Purpose:  See B. Above

Directions:  Collect selected quotes from the primary sources that illustrate the third of the three (3) points made in the introduction and which support the thesis statement.  Organize your evidence as follows:

[Outline format]

1. Topic sentence

[NOTE: In each and every sentence of the outline and final draft be sure to: 

Explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.' Begin your paragraph with a dynamic topic sentence that tells the reader who did what in the paragraph and why it matters. When you tell your reader what you are going to talk about, you describe. When you explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why' it matters, now you analyze. So be sure to start your paragraph with a topic sentence that identifies the key historical actor or actors, explains what they did, and why.  So be sure to tell the reader: 'who' did 'what' and 'why.]

2. Quote from primary source with end note.
3. Quote from primary source with end note.
4. Quote from primary source with end note.
5. Quote from primary source with end note.
6. Quote from primary source with end note.
7. Concluding sentence
Use at least five (5) quotes from at least four (4) different primary sources in each point 2-6 above.  You may include more quotes and add the number of points you intend to make in your Final Draft.  See the Documentation requirements below for the proper format for citing your sources.
E. Reaction
This is most important paragraph in the Outline and Final Draft.  Here, you will evaluate your evidence and compare that to the analysis provided by the secondary sources.  Does your research support, contradict, and/or modify the existing literature?  Your research might do some of all three.  Show how and why with specific examples from the secondary and primary sources.

[Outline format]

1. Topic sentence

[NOTE: In each and every sentence of the outline and final draft be sure to: 

Explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.' Begin your paragraph with a dynamic topic sentence that tells the reader who did what in the paragraph and why it matters. When you tell your reader what you are going to talk about, you describe. When you explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why' it matters, now you analyze. So be sure to start your paragraph with a topic sentence that identifies the key historical actor or actors, explains what they did, and why.  So be sure to tell the reader: 'who' did 'what' and 'why.]

2. Quote from primary or secondary source with end note.
3. Quote from primary or secondary source with end note.
4. Quote from primary or secondary source with end note.
5. Quote from primary or secondary source with end note.
6. Quote from primary or secondary source with end note.
7. Concluding sentence
Use at least five (5) quotes from at least two (2) different primary sources and two (2) different secondary sources in points 2-6 above.  You may include more quotes and add the number of points you intend to make in your Final Draft.  See the Documentation requirements below for the proper format for citing your sources.
III. Summary In this paragraph you must summarize your paper.  Briefly restate your purpose, summarize your main points, and offer some final thoughts.

[Outline format]

1. Topic sentence

[NOTE: In each and every sentence of the outline and final draft be sure to: 

Explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why.' Begin your paragraph with a dynamic topic sentence that tells the reader who did what in the paragraph and why it matters. When you tell your reader what you are going to talk about, you describe. When you explain 'who' did 'what' and 'why' it matters, now you analyze. So be sure to start your paragraph with a topic sentence that identifies the key historical actor or actors, explains what they did, and why.  So be sure to tell the reader: 'who' did 'what' and 'why.]

2. Restate topic sentence to II. A.
3. Restate topic sentence to II. B.
4. Restate topic sentence to II. C.
5. Restate topic sentence to II. D.
6. Restate topic sentence to II. C.
7. Concluding sentence

Format Requirements

ALL ASSIGNMENTS -- TOPIC & BIBLIOGRAPHY, OUTLINE, AND FINAL DRAFT -- MUST CONFORM TO THE FORMAT SPECIFICATIONS BELOW. 

If you do not follow the format requirements for the completed Topic & BibliographyOutline, and Final Draft listed below, then you will lose Points:

Please:

DO NOT BOLDFACE; or
DO NOT ITALICIZE; or
DO    NOT         JUSTIFY

your text.

The above particulars are designed to ensure that all students complete works of similar length.

Please:

Do NOT use folders or other such binders; and
You do NOT need a cover sheet.

Documentation

ALL ASSIGNMENTS -- TOPIC & BIBLIOGRAPHY, OUTLINE, AND FINAL DRAFT -- MUST CONFORM TO THE DOCUMENTATION SPECIFICATIONS BELOW. 

The documentation requirements for the completed Topic & Bibliography, Outline, and Final Draft are:

Please use endnotes and a bibliography to refer to the source from which you extracted information. To ensure that you give credit where credit is due, use Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 8th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013). Please use the ACC Library link to Turabian Save yourself considerable time confusion and do NOT use any other Turabian web page. Seriously. Most are incorrect. For the correct style, you can also see John Grossman, ed., The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010). Both guides can be found at the ACC Library

Please do NOT use reference style where you put the author's name and page number at the end of the sentence. (Lauderback 2013, 1) Instead, be sure to insert an endnote in your text to tell your reader you have details that come from a source that is not you. Go to Microsoft Word Help and enter 'endnote' for how to insert notes. See the ACC Library link to Turabian for:

The ACC Librarians have put together a remarkable page with all kinds of details and examples for you to follow. And, a link for asking questions! Check out Turabian. Please use the appropriate formatting -- including margins, font size and type, and spacing (see above).

Include a Bibliography on a separate page (with no page number), at the end of your Outline and Final Draft.  Here you provide a complete citation for each source cited. A bibliography is NOT the same as a Works Cited. And, a bibliography is NOT the same as the endnotes. And while a bibliography includes most of the same information as the notes, there are important differences, e.g., the order of the author's names, the use of commas, periods, parentheses, and page numbers. Please use the appropriate formatting -- including margins, font size and type, and spacing (see above). 

And, please, do NOT ask if you can use MLA.  Use Turabian. Thank you!

Grading Policy

The Outline (15 Points)

See the Outline link for a detailed instructions.  To complete the assignment, students must follow the content, format, and documentation instructions found on the Outline page.

Your grade on the outline will be based on how well you:

Recognize that an Outline rife with misspellings and format, documentation, and grammatical errors will not be considered acceptable. Any Outline that does not conform to the format requirements above will NOT be accepted. If you submit your Outline before the deadline date in the Course Schedule and it is graded "NOT ACCEPTED" you may revise it and resubmit it prior to the deadline date. Outline submitted more than one day after the deadline listed in the Course Schedule will NOT be accepted.

Students must submit their Outline no later than 11:59 pm on the deadline listed in the Course Schedule.

Deadlines

STUDENTS WHO DO NOT SUBMIT AN  OUTLINE BY BY 11:59 PM ON THE DEADLINE LISTED IN THE COURSE SCHEDULE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO SUBMIT A FINAL DRAFT and highest grade they can receive in the courses a C.

ONLY COMPLETED OUTLINES SUBMITTED BY 11:59 PM ON THE DEADLINE LISTED IN THE COURSE SCHEDULE CAN RECEIVE FULL CREDIT;

and

ANY 
OUTLINE THAT IS NOT SUBMITTED BY 11:59 PM ON THE DEADLINE LISTED IN THE COURSE SCHEDULE WILL  RECEIVE A MAXIMUM OF 70% CREDIT;

and

ANY OUTLINE THAT IS SUBMITTED MORE THAN ONE DAY AFTER THE THE DEADLINE LISTED IN THE COURSE SCHEDULE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED;

and

STUDENTS WHO SUBMIT IN AN OUTLINE THAT IS "NOT ACCEPTED" WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO SUBMIT A FINAL DRAFT.

and

IF THE ATTACHED FILE CANNOT BE VIEWED BY THE INSTRUCTOR THEN THE ASSIGNMENT WILL BE MARKED “NOT ACCEPTED.”

Students must submit the Book Choice, Topic & Bibliography,  Outline, and Final Draft. via ACC e-mail as a Word DOCX attachment NO LATER THAN 11:59 PM on the deadline listed in the Course Schedule.

See the Course Schedule for the date by which you must submit: the Book Choice, Topic & Bibliography,  Outline, and Final Draft.

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