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HIS 100 Project 2 Historical Context and Introduction Guidelines and Rubric
Overview
“If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.”
—Pearl Buck
Your second project in this course is to complete a historical context and introduction project. The work you did on the Topic Exploration Worksheet in Modules
One and Two will directly support your work on this project as well as your third longer term project—the multimedia presentation—due in Module Eight.
One of the prime benefits of studying history is that it allows us to learn about who we are and where we came from. The people and events of the past can
often shed light on the conditions and social norms of the present. Having historical awareness can inform various aspects of your life as well as future
aspirations. Learning from past failures and successes can shape ideals and values for years to come.
This is your second longer-term project designed to help you understand the fundamental processes and value of studying history. In the first project, you
completed the Topic Exploration Worksheet on one of the topics or themes from the library guide. You investigated the types of research you might need to do
to learn more about the topic and developed research questions. In Project 2, you will use your completed Topic Exploration Worksheet to explore the
historical context and develop an introduction. You will choose one of your research questions and do some secondary source research, speculate on primary
source needs, and use the information to write the introduction and thesis statement for a possible research paper. (You will not write the entire paper—
only the introduction.) In the third project, you will create a multimedia presentation that explores both major developments in historical inquiry and the value
of examining history.
This research plan and introduction assignment will assess the following course outcome, which you focused on throughout Modules Three and Four:
ï‚·
Determine fundamental approaches to studying history in addressing questions about how events are shaped by their larger historical context
Prompt
In this project, you will write the introductory paragraph of a history paper based on one of the questions you identified in your topic exploration worksheet. To
do this, however, you must first find out a bit more information about your topic and draft a research plan. This will allow you to transform your question about
your topic into a thesis statement, as well as give you the background information you will need to craft an interesting introductory paragraph. You will not write
the entire paper, just the introduction to the paper that concludes with a thesis statement. The following critical elements will be assessed in a Word document
that combines both your research plan (Critical Elements I and II) and your introduction (Critical Element III).
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
I.
Write your introduction.
A. Write your introduction. Be sure to incorporate your background information and to conclude with your thesis statement.
B. Based on your primary and secondary source research, turn your research question into a thesis statement that addresses your topic and how it
has been influenced by its historical context.
II.
Use primary and secondary sources that address the historical context of your topics to respond to the following critical elements. Be sure to cite your
information using the most recent version of APA guidelines. Based on the sources you have selected, address the following questions:
A. Summarize the topic using primary and secondary sources. In other words, what was going on in the world/area/society around the event?
B. Discuss how the historical context impacted the topic. For instance, what was happening in the world/area/society around the event that
impacted how it occurred?
Project 2 Rubric
Guidelines for Submission: Your historical context and introduction should be 2 to 3 pages in length. Use double spacing, one-inch margins, and 12-point Times
New Roman font. Use the most current version of APA style. You will use the Historical Context and Introduction Template to complete this assignment.
Critical Elements
Introduction: Write
Introduction: Thesis
Statement
Historical Context:
Summarize
Exemplary (100%)
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
cohesion of expression
demonstrates a mature grasp of
the requirements of an
introduction
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
argument posited
demonstrates insightful
connections between the event
and its historical context
Proficient (85%)
Writes an introduction that
incorporates the background
information and concludes with
the thesis statement
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
information used from research
communicates a strong grasp of
the historical context
Explains the historical context
of the topic
Crafts a thesis statement based
on the research question that
addresses the topic and how it
has been influenced by its
historical context
Needs Improvement (55%)
Writes an introduction that
incorporates the background
information and concludes with
the thesis statement but is
cursory or has inaccuracies
Crafts a thesis statement based
on the research question that
addresses the topic, but thesis
statement does not address
historical context or has
inaccuracies
Explains the historical context
of the topic but does not
properly cite the secondary
sources, or explanation is
cursory or has inaccuracies
Not Evident (0%)
Does not write an introduction
that incorporates the
background information and
concludes with the thesis
statement
Does not craft a thesis
statement based on the
research question that
addresses the topic
Value
24
Does not explain the historical
context of the topic
24
24
Critical Elements
Historical Context:
Impacted
Exemplary (100%)
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
information used from research
communicates a strong grasp of
the impact of the historical
context
Proficient (85%)
Explains how the historical
context impacted the topic
Articulation of
Response
Submission is free of errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, and
organization and is presented in
a professional and easy-to-read
format
Submission has no major errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or organization
Needs Improvement (55%)
Explains how the historical
context impacted the topic, but
does not properly cite the
secondary sources, or the
explanation is cursory or has
inaccuracies
Submission has major errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or organization
that negatively impact
readability and articulation of
main ideas
Not Evident (0%)
Does not explain how the
historical context impacted the
topic
Value
24
Submission has critical errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or organization
that prevent understanding of
ideas
4
Total
100%
HIS 100 Project 2 Historical Context and Introduction Guidelines and Rubric
Overview
“If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.”
—Pearl Buck
Your second project in this course is to complete a historical context and introduction project. The work you did on the Topic Exploration Worksheet in Modules
One and Two will directly support your work on this project as well as your third longer term project—the multimedia presentation—due in Module Eight.
One of the prime benefits of studying history is that it allows us to learn about who we are and where we came from. The people and events of the past can
often shed light on the conditions and social norms of the present. Having historical awareness can inform various aspects of your life as well as future
aspirations. Learning from past failures and successes can shape ideals and values for years to come.
This is your second longer-term project designed to help you understand the fundamental processes and value of studying history. In the first project, you
completed the Topic Exploration Worksheet on one of the topics or themes from the library guide. You investigated the types of research you might need to do
to learn more about the topic and developed research questions. In Project 2, you will use your completed Topic Exploration Worksheet to explore the
historical context and develop an introduction. You will choose one of your research questions and do some secondary source research, speculate on primary
source needs, and use the information to write the introduction and thesis statement for a possible research paper. (You will not write the entire paper—
only the introduction.) In the third project, you will create a multimedia presentation that explores both major developments in historical inquiry and the value
of examining history.
This research plan and introduction assignment will assess the following course outcome, which you focused on throughout Modules Three and Four:
ï‚·
Determine fundamental approaches to studying history in addressing questions about how events are shaped by their larger historical context
Prompt
In this project, you will write the introductory paragraph of a history paper based on one of the questions you identified in your topic exploration worksheet. To
do this, however, you must first find out a bit more information about your topic and draft a research plan. This will allow you to transform your question about
your topic into a thesis statement, as well as give you the background information you will need to craft an interesting introductory paragraph. You will not write
the entire paper, just the introduction to the paper that concludes with a thesis statement. The following critical elements will be assessed in a Word document
that combines both your research plan (Critical Elements I and II) and your introduction (Critical Element III).
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
I.
Write your introduction.
A. Write your introduction. Be sure to incorporate your background information and to conclude with your thesis statement.
B. Based on your primary and secondary source research, turn your research question into a thesis statement that addresses your topic and how it
has been influenced by its historical context.
II.
Use primary and secondary sources that address the historical context of your topics to respond to the following critical elements. Be sure to cite your
information using the most recent version of APA guidelines. Based on the sources you have selected, address the following questions:
A. Summarize the topic using primary and secondary sources. In other words, what was going on in the world/area/society around the event?
B. Discuss how the historical context impacted the topic. For instance, what was happening in the world/area/society around the event that
impacted how it occurred?
Project 2 Rubric
Guidelines for Submission: Your historical context and introduction should be 2 to 3 pages in length. Use double spacing, one-inch margins, and 12-point Times
New Roman font. Use the most current version of APA style. You will use the Historical Context and Introduction Template to complete this assignment.
Critical Elements
Introduction: Write
Introduction: Thesis
Statement
Historical Context:
Summarize
Exemplary (100%)
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
cohesion of expression
demonstrates a mature grasp of
the requirements of an
introduction
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
argument posited
demonstrates insightful
connections between the event
and its historical context
Proficient (85%)
Writes an introduction that
incorporates the background
information and concludes with
the thesis statement
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
information used from research
communicates a strong grasp of
the historical context
Explains the historical context
of the topic
Crafts a thesis statement based
on the research question that
addresses the topic and how it
has been influenced by its
historical context
Needs Improvement (55%)
Writes an introduction that
incorporates the background
information and concludes with
the thesis statement but is
cursory or has inaccuracies
Crafts a thesis statement based
on the research question that
addresses the topic, but thesis
statement does not address
historical context or has
inaccuracies
Explains the historical context
of the topic but does not
properly cite the secondary
sources, or explanation is
cursory or has inaccuracies
Not Evident (0%)
Does not write an introduction
that incorporates the
background information and
concludes with the thesis
statement
Does not craft a thesis
statement based on the
research question that
addresses the topic
Value
24
Does not explain the historical
context of the topic
24
24
Critical Elements
Historical Context:
Impacted
Exemplary (100%)
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
information used from research
communicates a strong grasp of
the impact of the historical
context
Proficient (85%)
Explains how the historical
context impacted the topic
Articulation of
Response
Submission is free of errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, and
organization and is presented in
a professional and easy-to-read
format
Submission has no major errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or organization
Needs Improvement (55%)
Explains how the historical
context impacted the topic, but
does not properly cite the
secondary sources, or the
explanation is cursory or has
inaccuracies
Submission has major errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or organization
that negatively impact
readability and articulation of
main ideas
Not Evident (0%)
Does not explain how the
historical context impacted the
topic
Value
24
Submission has critical errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or organization
that prevent understanding of
ideas
4
Total
100%
a
HIS 100 Topic Exploration Worksheet
Part 1
Select a research topic area for Project 1 based on which of the following areas interests you the
most. You will explore the selected topic a little later in this theme. Mark your selection in the
right-hand column.
Topic
Selection
✓
Drafting of the U.S. Constitution
Mao Zedong’s Rule Over China
South African Apartheid
Choose Your Own Topic (insert pre-approved topic here)
In the space below, replace the bracketed text with a short paragraph about what you already
knew prior to this course about the topic you selected, based on your personal history or
experiences. This may include assumptions, beliefs, or values related to the topic. Be as detailed
as possible.
Prior to this course, I knew little to nothing regarding the drafting of the U.S. constitution. First,
I knew the about founding fathers including Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and George
Washington from personal readings and previous history lessons. Since the U.S. gained
independence in 1776, I assumed that the Constitution was drafted after the British relinquished
American territories. Moreover, I assumed that there were no African American or minority
representations in the delegates who drafted the Constitution considering the racial climate in
the country in the 18th century. From previous history classes, I knew that there was a previous
document drafted to act as the Constitution prior to the actual document we use today.
1
2
Part 2
Now that you have identified your topic and described what you already know about the topic,
what questions do you still have about the topic? Replace the bracketed text with your answers.
Question
Identify one question about
the topic that you are curious
about.
Describe why this question
matters to you personally.
Describe why this question
matters to society.
Identify a second question
about the topic you are
curious about.
Describe why this question
matters to you personally.
Describe why this question
matters to society.
Response
What was wrong with the Articles of Confederation that
necessitated the creation of the Constitution?
Considering America’s racial climate with slavery being
prevalent across the country, I would assume the Founding
Fathers revised/abandoned the Articles of Confederation to
allow debate on slavey. It was interesting to learn slavery was
not even mentioned in both documents.
Even after African Americans participated in the American
Revolution, Founding Fathers still failed to acknowledge their
position in America’s history.
What were the crucial components of the U.S. Constitution
draft?
I would assume that men who drafted the U.S. Constitution
considered all the factors that mattered to a new nation, what
were they?
As a new nation, the United States needed to find issues that
needed governing to include them in the Constitution. Between
the 18th and 21st century, have these issues changed? If the
Constitution was drafted today, would those issues still matter?
3
Part 3
You are now ready to complete the final part of your Topic Exploration Worksheet. You have
chosen a topic, posed some research questions, and are ready to start thinking about what kind of
sources you will need to investigate your research questions further. Using the library guide in
the Shapiro Library provided for your chosen topic, skim through the suggested resources (or
find your own) and replace the bracketed text with relevant information about your research
questions.
4
Question
Which secondary sources would
be helpful for investigating your
first research question?
(Include the title and author of
the sources.)
Response
Rakove, J. (1982). The Legacy of the Articles of
Confederation. Publius, 12(4), 45-66.
Which primary sources would be
helpful for investigating your
first research question?
(Include the title and author of
the sources.)
Articles of Confederation linked at
https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/SMAN107/pdf/SMAN-107-pg935.pdf
Which secondary sources would
be helpful for investigating your
second research question?
(Include the title and author of
the sources.)
Hart, V. (2003). Democratic constitution making (Vol. 31).
United States Institute of Peace.
Which primary sources would be
helpful for investigating your
second research question?
(Include the title and author of
the sources.)
Now that you have gone through
the research, what have you
learned about your topic in one
to two paragraphs?
The Constitution of the United States from the link
https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/constitution
After going through the research, I have learnt that the
Articles of Confederation was adopted in 1777 and was
ratified in 1781. Some of the limitations of the Articles is that
it created a weak confederation of states and the central
government’s powers were weak. Majority of the power was
concentrated in the sovereign states. The limitations of the
Articles necessitated the creation of another document that
afforded the federal government more power, which resulted
in the Constitution Convention. The Constitution was drafted
to replace the Articles of Confederation. The Constitution
united the states despite them having distinct interests and
laws. When Founding Fathers convened in Philadelphia in
1787, they agreed that enslaved Africans would be considered
three fifths of a person and avoided the issue of slavery
altogether as they deemed it a subject that would derail the
American Experiment.
5
Running head: PROJECT 2
1
[Note: To complete this template, replace the bracketed text with your own content. Remove this
note before you submit your paper.]
Project 2: Historical Context and Introduction
[Your Name]
Southern New Hampshire University
PROJECT 2
2
Research Plan
Research Question: [Revised research question from Topic Exploration Worksheet.]
Introduction
[Include a three- to five-sentence discussion of background information about your historical
event to capture the interest of your audience. Write a two- to three-sentence thesis statement
based on your research question that addresses your historical event and explains how your event
has been influenced by historical context.]
Historical Context: [Include a three- to five-sentence explanation of your event’s historical
context, citing sources one and two. Use primary and secondary sources to discuss what was
going on in the world, area, and society surrounding the event.]
Impact of Historical Context: [Include a three- to five-sentence discussion of how historical
context impacted your event, and cite your sources.]
PROJECT 2
3
References
[Include any references cited in your paper in full APA format. Don’t forget to include in-text
citations as well.]

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