Debate & Diplomacy in History Debate and/OR Diplomacy Successes, Failures, Consequences = IMPACT A historical debate, not the defense of a personal position. An even divide of perspectives is not necessary, but we need to know where the Debate/Diplomacy is and what conclusions can be drawn from them.
Judging Criteria: Historical Quality
Central Argument: The Thesis The thesis statement should provide: the basic who, what, when, and where. the topic’s relationship to the theme “Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures Consequences.” where is the debate/diplomacy? what historical perspectives are clashing? an explanation on why the topic is significant in history. how did this debate/diplomacy lead to successes, failures, and/or consequences? why is it important? an argument that can be supported with evidence.
Central Argument: The Thesis Be wary of “if not for this, than that” or “what if” analysis. Have students supported their claims with evidence? What is the theme? 2009 The Individual in History: Actions and Legacies Example
Central Argument: The Thesis
Look for a thesis statement that contains:
A connection to the annual theme
A clear argument that can be supported with evidence
A statement of impact
2008 Conflict and Compromise Example
The Annotated Bibliography By the Rules: Primary and secondary sources separated MLA or Turabian/Chicago Style citations Annotations that explain: how the source was used. how the source helped in student understanding. why it is listed as primary if it is a “gray area” source.
The Annotated Bibliography Primary vs. Secondary Sources Primary: Sources that are created during or a product of the time period being researched. Raw materials that require students to draw their own conclusions. Includes: Witnesses Diaries Letters Documents Newspaper Articles Secondary: Sources created through research that include an author’s own analysis and interpretation.
The Annotated Bibliography Things to look for: Are the primary sources really primary? Are the listed sources providing students with a wide spectrum of information? How reliable do the materials appear? www.worldofquotes.com vs. www.nara.gov Has the student located a reasonable number of sources based on their topic?
Judging Criteria: Relation to Theme Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences
Judging Criteria: Clarity of Presentation (Paper Sample)