Wikipedia:Wiki Ed/SFU/FNST HIST 325 Aboriginal Peoples of North America to 1850 (Fall 2018)

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Course name
FNST HIST 325 Aboriginal Peoples of North America to 1850
Madeline Knickerbocker
Wikipedia Expert
Elysia (Wiki Ed)
History, First Nations Studies
Course dates
2018-09-06 00:00:00 UTC – 2018-12-13 23:59:59 UTC
Approximate number of student editors

North American Indigenous history is a dynamic and engaging field of study, one which has seen considerable development even in just the past twenty years. This course seeks to offer an introduction onto this complex field, providing students with the historical context they need to understand not only the past experiences of Indigenous peoples up until 1850, but also the legacies those histories have in the twenty-first century.

Because of the expansive breadth of time and space the course covers, we will take a thematic approach to engaging with Indigenous histories in North America leading up to the middle of the nineteenth century. Course units focus on the sources of Indigenous historical knowledge, Indigenous histories before contact, and Indigenous-settler relations. After taking this course, students will be able to: identify broad-level continuities and changes in Indigenous cultures up to 1850; describe similarities and differences between Indigenous groups from across North America; and discuss how Indigenous individuals, even those within the same community, responded differently to colonialism.

Students will work throughout the semester to prepare for their final projects, which will be the creation of new Wikipedia articles, or editing existing articles, about Indigenous issues, events, or individuals in the period prior to 1850. We will have training and workshops on using Wikipedia correctly to attribute academic knowledge and share it with the general public. Assignments will be scaffolded, so that early work can support the final product.

Student Assigned Reviewing
Sassydeelight Uchee Billy
Juliacharr Clam Gardens
NavBaj StudentEditor Parfleches
Ltn2 History of tattooing
Mataib Papunhank
Pleasedtomeet Kwakwaka'wakw music
Ghaag21 Haida warriors
Juliedicksonn Alaska Natives
Phoenix Esan Farmer's Brother
Bbalanuik Stone Boiling
Music&gardens Subsistence and Food of Indigenous Peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast
Ttaneva Treaty of Canandaigua
Bruce a cowan Dish With One Spoon
Kyladawnbarnes Copper Shields
Ellielangr Isabella Mainville Saulteaux
Chaznel747 Aboriginal whaling
MadelaineNabbe Nuu-chah-nulth
Taylor Caitlin Women in Aztec civilization
Sean.ak.mclaughlin Tsimshian Cultivation & Agriculture
Doro5421 Indian reserves before 1850
White powder ma
Bazbeets Toypurina
Belode Hwlitsum First Nation
Alias112358 Unangan Hunting Headgear


Week 1

Course meetings
Thursday, 6 September 2018
In class - Introduction to the Wikipedia assignment

Welcome to your Wikipedia assignment's course timeline. This page guides you through the steps you'll need to complete for your Wikipedia assignment, with links to training modules and your classmates' work spaces.

Your course has been assigned a Wikipedia Expert. You can reach them through the Get Help button at the top of this page.


Assignment - Get started on Wikipedia

Create an account and join this course page, using the enrollment link your instructor sent you. (Because of Wikipedia's technical restraints, you may receive a message that you cannot create an account. To resolve this, please try again off campus or the next day.)


This week, everyone should have a Wikipedia account.

Week 2

Course meetings
Thursday, 13 September 2018
Assignment - Evaluate Wikipedia


Evaluate an article

Week 3

Course meetings
Thursday, 20 September 2018
Assignment - Choose possible topics


Choose a topic

Resource: Editing Wikipedia, page 6

Week 4

Course meetings
Thursday, 27 September 2018
Assignment - Exercise

Copyedit an article

Week 5

Course meetings
Thursday, 11 October 2018
Assignment - Start drafting your contributions

Reach out to your Wikipedia Expert if you have questions using the Get Help button at the top of this page.

Resource: Editing Wikipedia, pages 7–9


Everyone has begun writing their article drafts.

Guide(s) for writing articles in your topic area


Cultural Anthropology


LGBT+ Studies

Women's Studies

Week 6

Course meetings
Thursday, 18 October 2018

Week 7

Course meetings
Thursday, 25 October 2018

Week 8

Course meetings
Thursday, 1 November 2018

Week 9

Course meetings
Thursday, 8 November 2018
Assignment - Peer review an article

Guiding framework

Week 10

Course meetings
Thursday, 15 November 2018
Assignment - Respond to your peer review

You probably have some feedback from other students and possibly other Wikipedians. Consider their suggestions, decide whether it makes your work more accurate and complete, and edit your draft to make those changes.


  • Editing Wikipedia, pages 12 and 14
  • Reach out to your Wikipedia Expert if you have any questions.

Week 11

Course meetings
Thursday, 22 November 2018
Assignment - Polish your work

Continue to expand and improve your work, and format your article to match Wikipedia's tone and standards. Remember to contact your Wikipedia Expert at any time if you need further help!

Assignment - Continue improving your article


Add links to your article

Now's the time to revisit your text and refine your work. You may do more research and find missing information; rewrite the lead section to represent all major points; reorganize the text to communicate the information better; or add images and other media.

Assignment - Begin moving your work to Wikipedia

Now that you've improved your draft based on others' feedback, it's time to move your work live - to the "mainspace."

Resource: Editing Wikipedia, page 13

Week 12

Course meetings
Thursday, 29 November 2018
Assignment - Final article

It's the final week to develop your article.

  • Read Editing Wikipedia page 15 to review a final check-list before completing your assignment.
  • Don't forget that you can ask for help from your Wikipedia Expert at any time!

Everyone should have finished all of the work they'll do on Wikipedia, and be ready for grading.