Writing history papers employs different conventions than what you may be used to practicing in language arts classes. History writing starts with a problem or question for which evidence is selected and interpreted to support a formulated response to the problem.
The synthesized evidence is often organized based on themes, which serve to outline the general categories of evidence used. As the paper develops, the themes are unpacked and the evidence is analyzed according to the nature of the problem to which the paper is written in response.
One of the most important conventions of writing history papers is evaluation of sources. These include identifying value and limitation as they relate to origin and purpose of the source (see research and analysis page for more information).
Historical Thinking Skills / Stems
Understanding the Question
Non-Fiction Text Structures / Signal Words