That History Day Guy

September 3, 2008

Good ideas from the Windy City for thesis development

Filed under: Uncategorized — historydayguy @ 9:38 pm

So our Friends in the Windy city have used (as do most of us) the inverted pyramid to narrow a thesis.

It starts with the broadest possible topic, say the Civil War, then narrows it to say slavery, looks at an even narrower one, say Fredrick Douglass. Now that is all good for developing your topic but how does it drive your thesis.

Well check the posted presentation.

They combine some standard research questions with the considered topic that will force students into the exercise of analyzing their topic by asking the essential questions such as:

  • What changed? How and why?
  • What was the historic significance?
  • What was the long term impact?

So asking

  • How did Fredrick’ life change from slavery to freedom? How and Why?
  • What impact did his writings and speeches have on not only the abolitionist movement, but other progressive movements of the time?
  • What historic figures would or would not be possible because of the actions and legacies of Fredrick Douglass?
  • I love it when there are free great resources out there just waiting to help us with our history day work!

So thanks Chicago History Fair for providing this great resource!


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