Appendix 7: Audience Guide

Consider the following about your audience when you write a history writing assignment:

Q: What is your role as an author?

A: See yourself as a peer or expert in this particular subject.

Q: Who is your primary audience?

A: a friendly non-specialist interested in the topic.

Q: What tone should I use?

A: Use accessible, clear language appropriate for both specialized and general audiences.

Q: What is the purpose of the essay?

A: Analysis of historical topic with primary and secondary evidence

Q: What does your audience expect from this writing?

A: a focused argument, a proper introduction, correct citations, and proper formatting

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