Introduction to the major project slideshow t ellam 2014
Presentation created by T Ellam,
Cheltenham Girls High, 2013
It is worth 40/50 of your HIE assessment
marks. That is a weighting of 80%
It will be triple marked by three experienced
HIE teachers. CGHS and HHHS
On completion it must be certified by your
teacher and principal. This is where they sign
off to declare to the government that this
project is all of your own work.
I can only certify it if I have seen continuous
progress and had regular discussions and
submissions from you each term.
It has several components:
Log- both log book AND final log summary
Certification: includes 2 mini assessments- proposal
What is certification?
You need to show the ongoing development of your
project to your teacher regularly. (Not last minute!)
This can be done via appointments, log book
submissions, progress reports etc
Your project needs to reflect the style of writing you'd
do in an exam.
All references are cited in footnotes
Link to All My Own Work
Your log book will be kept by CGHS for 7 years.
Why is certification
It is the way that your teacher and
school vouches for the integrity and
originality of your work
If it is not certified, your project may
not be marked or recorded for
assessment which jeopardises 80% of
your HIE assessment mark
How to get certified! (And
maybe certifiable in the
Ensure you regularly check in with the teacher about your
progress- around 2 meetings per term.
Ensure you regularly show the teacher your log book
Complete all certification report forms throughout terms 4-2
Keep teacher in the loop of the stages, problems, successes,
changes and developments of your project.
Check the edmodo folder for the major project
or the following:
Handbook 2013. The 2014 version is coming
soon but will be basically the same.
Handbook includes assessment details for mini
assessments 1 and 2 (proposal and Midcourse
report) and the major project submission
You must have read the handbook cover to
Topic development worksheets (will be issued in
Sample major projects / model works
So what do you have to
You are to undertake a research inquiry of
an area of your own interest in order to
examine the issues of historiography.
The topic must relate to the concepts of the
course but also the 5 Key Course Questions
It is not a historical topic. You are not
looking at an event, person or issue. You
are to look at how an event, person or issue
has been constructed or presented by
historians or 'historians' over time. That is,
Examples of topics
Area of interest: English Civil
Causes of the
How and why
over the causes
since the 17th C
Examples of topics
Area of interest: Catherine the Great, Empress of
How and why interpretations
Was she a great
over the causes have differed
since the 17th C
How has the history of
What were her
Catherine's reign been
constructed since the 18th
Area of interest: King Arthur
The legend of
The historicity of King
The role of historical legend
How media constructions of
Arthur reflect the contexts
of their times
Instead of examining the
historical and heritage
importance of a site, eg Hyde
What the heritage listing of a
site like HPB reveals about
the role and purpose of social
and public history in
Australia. Implications for
the study of 'history'
Examples of topics
Instead of a discussion of the
historical issues surrounding
a particular genocide
An analysis of origins of
genocide history and the
distinction between cultural
and physical genocide
indicating the societally
determined and functioning
role of history.
Selecting a topic
Avoid pop topics. Eg Arthur, WW2 bombings
Avoid very recent, modern topics, eg Iraq, 9/11 = lack of
Historiographical research and objectivity.
The topic cannot be covered in any syllabus.
You cannot do a topic which is a model sample project
issued to students, in class/edmodo
Make sure the topic is clearly historiographical- frame it
around the key questions of the course
Selecting a topic
Make it of significant interest to you.
You have to stick by it for 8-9
You can choose from people, events,
or historical issues.
Issues/themes of Historiographical
debate are often different- eg
postmodernism, public vs private
history, museum debates, historical
Select a topic. Make it of interest and Historiographical value. Must be teacher approved.
Develop and refine your topic to a question (ongoing through terms)
Conduct initial research into the debates. Develop research notes.
Relate and focus on key questions
Any topic refinements?
You may like to begin identifying / planning sections or themes of essay topic.
Continue research throughout terms 4-2 and compile detailed research notes.
Plan layout and sections of your essay.
Construct draft 1- eg a skeletal structure of paragraph points, and related Historiographical arguments and concepts
Construct draft 2- essay writing
Editing. Swap with a friend in class to edit each others work, make suggestions regarding layout etc
Synopsis, bibliography, log summary.
Presentation and binding
How to get thinking!
What era of history do you prefer? Ancient,
medieval, renaissance, early modern,
Do you have a preference for a person study,
event, issue, or Historiographical theme, site
Brainstorm example topics of interest.
Complete the Choosing a Topic worksheet
Print out and fill in the Application to
borrow at Mac Uni form - hand in to me.....
What to do next?
Buy a log book. One side can be
used for log, the other side for
Alternatively an expanding file is
useful for organising and filing
Alternative to a hard log book is
use of Evernote for log entries and
research. This can be shared with
What to do next...?
Read handbook cover to cover! Just do it!
Examine a range of model projects
Start log of your research process and finding a topic
Complete topic worksheets and mindmap sheet
Fallout the Mac Uni library borrowers card app form and hand in
Borrow books from universities
Get a group of friends (HIE,
SOC PIP) together and got the
state library of NSW in the city.
Other Uni libraries? Sydney,
Can you conduct interviews for
human resources references?
About time management
This is absolutely vital for
doing a major project
Set timelines and weekly
Schedule around other
subject, projects, exams etc
Keep notes in your log as a
record of progress and
Getting it under control
Get your topic sorted ASAP. It will need to be approved by
your teacher. This is the most difficult and longest part of
the project process.
Aim to have your topic set by Week 6-7 term 4. (It can be
refined further later)
Set weekly goals
Set a timeline of steps until submission
Follow the issued HIP timeline from your teacher.
Get to Uni libraries early on -Dec-Jan or before!
Do NOT fall into the trap of thinking you have 'plenty of
time' after the holidays. You don't. You'll have lots of other
assessments and events. Get organised now and make your
life easier a,
Remember: the best
Had topics sorted within term 4
We're of students who had read and examined that
handbook carefully, including mall requirements
and sample extracts.
We're often by students managing 2 or more
projects - ie they had time management down pat
Undertook secondary research in the school
Had an essay draft outline done early to mid term 1
some even had it done before the Dec holidays!!
We from students who regularly met with the
teacher to discuss successes, obstacles,
refinements, editing, historiography etc
Useful advice from a
student who did 3 major
Read Lucy U's advice in the document on edmodo.
Lucy did HiE, SAC, D&T in 2012. She got a band 6 in
SAC and an E4 in HIE by pure determination, interest
and time management.
Proposal assessment, 5%
Midcourse assessment 5%
Log summary, included in
final project submission
entries - handed in with
Source annotations and
A Historiographical focus
Your project must focus on how history
has been written and created and why.
It must show debate and disagreeing
It must focus on historians and their
You can look at contemporary debates
You can look at changing interpretations
and revised histories over time.
Starting topic ideas
After initial topic thinking and completion of
the two worksheets on edmodo (Choosing a
Topic & the mindmapping worksheet) you
should have a BROAD topic area eg : Attila the
Hun, Marie Antoinette, Spanish Civil War etc)
Find your angle... What specifically about the
topic interests you?
Do some initial googling and reading to find
out what issues or debates concern the topic. If
there aren't disagreements as to the topic it
may not be Historiographical.
Now consider how it relates to the KQs. Make it
relate to 3 or so.
Exercise book journal or digital log???
Either format must be regularly maintained
and submitted for log checks.
Good idea! If using a journal format get a
large page size and use one side for log
entries and one for research notes
A really organised student from last year
had an expanding file as well. This was used
to separately store and categorise articles,
summary notes, drafts, certification
documents, assessments, photocopied
sheets etc etc
Some useful methods for using a digital log:
Evernote - (PC, website, Laptop, iPad, iPhone). Ease of access, portable, accessible on
the move, create different 'notebooks' for different sections eg Proposal, Research notes,
Historian details, bibliographical details, journal notes, etc etc. you can insert links,
photos, files, documents Etc. also, you can share your notebooks with people, eg your
teacher, for easier monitoring. It will automatically sync with your other versions of
Evernote (eg any additions made on your laptop will auto sync to your smartphone or
iPad etc). You will have to PRINT out all notes/folders to submit with your major project
Google Docs. - attached to your gmail account where you can access Google
Drive through Apps option. You can create folders and documents. You can
share folders with classmates or teacher. Note that creating a document
through Google Drive will have mixed formatting if you try to download it as a
Word document. Download as PDF instead. Note that Google and Gmail have
a clause that they can access any of your documents. You will need to SHARE
with your teacher and give them CAN EDIT permissions.
One Note - (PC, laptop) - allows you to set out your notes into different
tabs, as mentioned above in Evernote. Be careful. It doesn't always
automatically save. Can insert files and notes, photos etc You will have to
PRINT out all notes/folders to submit with your major project in June.
Note Binder (iPad). A fancier
and somewhat more organised
version of One Note. You can
create binders and in each
binder add different folders.
Within each folder you have a
note pad to which you can add
as many pages as you like.
Insert files, pictures etc eg you
could have one binder for the
HEP and then folders for
different sections, eg proposal,
log entries, research notes,
historians etc etc. you can
EXPORT the binder as a file
which will allow you to submit.
Create a schedule
Create a schedule or timeline on
A3 paper and paste it up in your
Set small, achievable goals for
each week. Eg, find 2 books for my
topic. Read and take notes from
one book. Research the historians
context. Prepare an outline of
Remember, if you do a little bit
each week, you will avoid huge pile
ups of work around other
assessments, exams events, etc
Don't forget that if your topic suits
this research methodology, you
can conduct interviews with
historians (lecturers, professors,
doctors etc) either in person or by
phone email survey.
This can look impressive in terms
of fieldwork research. Herodotus
would be proud! ;)
See your teacher beforehand for
info on how to create an
appropriate request letter, and
how to structure interview
Students often forget that you can include
historians' interpretations and views regarding
What is History?, in your major project.
For example, EH Carr's interpretations of the
importance of facts and the role of the
historian, or Carl Becker's relativist point of
view about subjectivity and facts, or Keith
Jenkins' comments about the postmodernist
nature of history.
You can incorporate and integrate these
historians views where they are appropriate to
comment on the Historiographical nature of
your topic and the Historiographical
START LOG ENTRIES NOW
GET THAT TOPIC SORTED
AND APPROVED BY WEEK 6-7
GET LIBRARY MAC UNI
APPLICATION TO MS ELLAM