After selecting a historical topic to research further, the next step in the research process is to create a research plan that compiles primary and secondary sources.

  • After selecting a historical topic to research further, the next step in the research process is to create a research plan that compiles primary and secondary sources.
  • First, applying what you just learned about narrowing research questions, revise your research questions from your Topic Exploration Worksheet. Explain how you approached revising your research questions to assist your instructor in understanding your approach. This will help you draft an introduction to a hypothetical research paper with a strong thesis statement.
  • Second, applying what you have learned about comparing primary sources and analyzing secondary sources, do a deeper dive into the primary sources you listed in Part 3 of your Topic Exploration Worksheet to help you start your research plan. Describe what these sources add to your understanding of your selected topic and how they relate to the secondary sources you listed. Additionally, describe the historical context of your historical event based on what you have read in your secondary sources. Consider these questions to assist you in developing your description: What was going on in the world/area/society around the event? What were some of the biggest political, social, intellectual, diplomatic, and/or economic trends of this era? How did those greater political, social, intellectual, diplomatic, and/or economic trends cause or affect your topic?
  • The feedback you receive from this assignment should be implemented as you work towards your Research Plan and Introduction in Theme: Interpreting History.
  • To complete this assignment, review the 4-2 Short Response Guideline and Rubric document attach below

5-3-1 Activity: Historical Context Chart Assignment Task: Submit to complete this assignmentAssignment Icon

  • Choose three secondary sources from the Research Kit pertaining to your research topic, and complete the Historical Context Chart attach below to explore the similarities and differences among the sources.
  • Choose three articles from your selected topic in the Research Kit to read through and compare.
  • As you read through each article, consider the three main questions for analyzing secondary sources from Theme 2:
    1. What argument is your source’s author making? (This is the thesis statement.)
    2. Why is your source’s author making this argument? What is at stake for him or her?
    3. Where are there weak points in your source’s arguments? Do you see any potential bias or flaws in your source’s argument
  • Copy and paste the full citation of each article in the Article Citation field. Next, explain in the chart how you think the historical context in which these articles were written may have impacted the authors’ interpretations of the articles. You are encouraged to check out this site (http://www.ushistory.org/us/index.asp) to help you formulate your thoughts on the historical context of your three articles. Use information from the articles to complete the Historical Context Chart.

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