The final project for this course is the creation of a historical event paper. The final product represents an authentic demonstration of competency because you will need to seek out historic claims and support them with evidence from primary and secondary resources. The project is divided into three milestones, which will be submitted at various points throughout the course to scaffold learning and ensure quality final submissions. These milestones will be submitted in Modules Two, Four, and Six. The final product will be submitted in Module Eight.
In this assignment, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following course outcomes:
Articulate the development of major historical events in American history between 1607 and 1865 by accurately and clearly explaining their causes, chronologies, and participants
Explain the significance of major historical events in American history between 1607 and 1865 and their relationship to prominent historical trends
Incorporate relevant evidence from primary and secondary sources to logically support historical claims about America between 1607 and 1865
Draw conclusions about the significance of major events to time periods in American history between 1607 and 1865 by interpreting historical evidence
For your final project, you will write a historical event paper that connects an event in American history taking place between 1607 and 1865 to the larger historical context of the time period. To begin, you will select a historical event from a provided list on which to focus your paper. A list of events/topics is provided in the Final Project Research Kit section of the course. Along with the event, you will be developing a thesis statement on which to focus your paper, and you will defend that thesis and other historical claims using a provided list of primary and secondary sources.
Your historical event paper will contain an introduction, body paragraphs, a conclusion, and a references page. In your paper, you will describe your selected event, explain the historical significance of the event to the time period, and support your claims with relevant evidence from at least two of the provided primary sources and two of the provided secondary sources. You will not need to locate any additional sources.
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
I. Introduction: Your introduction paragraph will summarize the main points of your essay and lead into your thesis statement. It must include the following:
1. Identify your chosen research question. Your research question must center on a specific historical event.
2. Discuss the purpose of the essay in broad terms. Your discussion should include why the research question you chose is worth investigating in
terms of its significance to the larger historical time period.
3. Develop a thesis statement that responds to the research question and includes three components you will defend in your essay.