Exploration Worksheet Guidelines

HIS 100 Project 1: Topic Exploration Worksheet Guidelines and Rubric
Overview
If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.
Your first longer term assignment in this course is to complete a topic exploration worksheet. The work you do on this topic exploration worksheet will directly support your work on two other longer-term projectsa research plan and introduction and a multimedia presentationthat are due later in the course.
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.
In this course, there are three longer term projects that that will help you understand the fundamental processes and value of studying history. In the first project, you will choose a topic or theme from the research kit that is interesting to you (from the options provided) and complete a topic exploration worksheet that asks you to break down the event, investigate the types of research you might need to do to learn more about it, and develop research questions. In the second project, you will use this worksheet to complete a research plan and introduction. You will choose one of your research questions and do some secondary source research (using the sources provided in the research kit), speculate on primary source needs, and use the information to write the introduction and thesis statement for a possible research paper (the entire paper is not completedjust the introduction). In the third project, you will create a multimedia presentation that explores both major developments in historical inquiry as well as the value of examining history.
This topic exploration worksheet assignment will assess the following course outcome, which you focused on throughout Theme 1:
Develop questions about foundational historical events that inform personal assumptions, beliefs, and values using evidence from primary and secondary sources
Prompt
Choose one of the provided topic categories that intrigues you. Answer the questions on the Topic Exploration Worksheet template Provided. You will do some preliminary research on your topic, as well as create a plan for what else you might need to learn.
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
This may include assumptions, beliefs, or values related to the topic. Be as detailed as possible.
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II. What questions do you still have about the topic that you would like to explore? From these questions, identify two questions about the topic that you would like to explore further in this course. Be sure to address why these questions are important to you personally and to society.
III. Identify which secondary sources would help you address these questions.
IV. Identify which primary sources would help you address these questions.
V. Based on this research of your topic, detail what you have learned about it. Be sure to provide the web address of any internet sources. Supporting Work and Resources
Throughout Theme 1, there are opportunities to work directly on different elements of the topic exploration worksheet.
1. In Learning Block 2-2, you will choose one of the available topics provided and discuss what you already know about the topic. This is Part I of the worksheet.
2. In Learning Block 2-3, you will be presented with problematic research questions. You will identify the problem and propose replacement questions. This will provide practice for the research question portion of Project 1. You will then develop some research questions related to your topic and describe why they matter to you personally and why they matter to society. This is Part II of the worksheet.
3. In Learning Block 2-4, you will work to finalize your topic exploration worksheet.
Project 1 Rubric
Guidelines for Submission: Type your responses directly into the Topic Exploration Worksheet template and submit your completed worksheet to Brightspace