Social Annotation and History

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It is valuable for students to annotate the historical record as they examine primary source documents, as in correspondences, legislation, journal entries, poetry and literature, and images. Social annotation can help students in history courses to engage with peer analysis of primary sources, and it can also productively inform low-stakes writing assignments like reading response papers. A sample of history courses that have incorporated Hypothesis social annotation into learning activities include: Introduction to History, Cultural History, History of the Future, Women in America, Modern European History and United States History to 1877.

Watch short clips of Liquid Margins 3, “Primary Sources: Annotating History,” to hear from Alicia Maggard, Assistant Professor of History at Auburn University, and Mary Klann, Historian and Lecturer at UC San Diego.

Watch the full Liquid Margins 3 episode.

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