What Is A Thesis Statement For History Fair

Timeline for 7th Grade Enrichment Students

Quarter 1

•History Day materials (curriculum book, theme sheet, teacher resource guide, rule book) available from the Maryland History Day office or from district History Day coordinators

•Teachers introduce History Day skills in the Historical Investigation Unit of Study

•Students submit Status Reports #1- #6 as part of the Historical Investigation Unit of Study

Quarter 2

•Students continue conducting primary and secondary research

•Students prepare initial drafts of projects, process paper, and bibliography and submit for review

•Students submit Status Reports #7 - #8

Quarter 3

•Students finalize primary and secondary research

•Students complete and submit final projects, process paper, and bibliography

•Students complete county registration forms based on project approval by their school History Fair Coordinator and submit forms to teachers

•Teachers submit registration forms to school History Fair Coordinators on Friday, January 19

•School History Day coordinators digitally submit all registrations by 4:00 pm on Friday, January 26

•Students continue research and improve entries

•Students participate in the Charles County HITS Expo History Day competition on March 2 and 3 at St. Charles H.S.

•Advancers to state competition improve entries for Maryland History Day contest

Quarter 4

•Students complete the Self-Assessment assignment.

 •Advancers to state competition improve entries for Maryland History Day contest

 •State Workshop for 1st and 2nd place winners on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Davis Middle School

•Maryland History Day competition on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at UMBC

•National History Day competition at the University of Maryland, College Park in June 2018

 

 

Every paper must argue an idea and every paper must clearly state that idea in a thesis statement.

A thesis statement is different from a topic statement.  A topic statement merely states what the paper is about.  A thesis statement states the argument of that paper.

Be sure that you can easily identify your thesis and that the key points of your argument relate directly back to your thesis.

EXAMPLES

Topic statements:

This paper will discuss Harry Truman’s decision to drop the bomb on Hiroshima.

The purpose of this paper is to delve into the mindset behind Truman’s decision to drop the bomb on Hiroshima.

This paper will explore how Harry Truman came to the decision to drop the bomb on Hiroshima.

 

Thesis statements:

Harry Truman’s decision to drop the bomb on Hiroshima was motivated by racism.

The US confrontation with the Soviets was the key factor in Truman’s decision to drop the bomb on Hiroshima.

This paper will demonstrate that in his decision to drop the bomb on Hiroshima, Truman was unduly influenced by hawks in his cabinet.

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