City College of San Francisco AJA Review
Pick one of the Academic Journal Articles below files
Historians love to review the works of other historians. Whenever a new history book is written, the historical profession selects experts in particular fields of studies to determine the value and contribution the new work will have on the academic discipline. Upon completion of the course’s reading, each student will be considered an expert and be required to read an academic article and submit a 3 pages review. Students are encouraged to celebrate the author’s accomplishments, but also challenge anything that seems substandard. Style and creativity play a crucial role in the success of your review.
A AJA review is a historian’s way of telling the audience about what useful information can be found inside of the AJA. You may include features of a summary and be a little reactionary, however, you specifically need to include the following elements.
Full score requirments
Answers the specific AJA requirements. Incorporates pertinent and detailed information from scholarly work. Maintains focus/avoids being sidetracked by tangents. Presents all information clearly and concisely and in an organized manner. Avoids distracting grammar/spelling/etc. problems.
Each paper should include the following:
The author’s purpose in writing the article
The author’s main thesis
The author’s challenging of other historical viewpoints
The evidence utilized by the author (specifically primary sources)
How could the author make the work stronger?
The recommended audience for the article?
Explain how this article contributes to understanding the history of the United States
An example of how this article supports/contradicts Eric Foner’s Give Me Liberty
Suggested reading to accompany this work (not required, but helpful)
- 3 pages
- 12 point font
- Double spaced