Global 10 Research Paper and Project
All Global 10 students will choose a topic related to world history since the mid-18th Century to write a research paper and deliver a class presentation this spring. The project is designed to learn as much about the research process as it is to learn about creating a final paper and presentation. Consequently, points will be awarded at several stages of the research process.
The subject of the paper is your choice, however, it must relate to a controversial issue or person in world history. It cannot be exclusively about an American history topic. The project is designed to get you to analyze, compare and contrast, or demonstrate a cause and effect relationship of a particular event or individual that helped to alter the course of history in either a positive or negative way. If the paper and presentation do not contain and prove a thesis, it will not receive a passing grade.
Some possibilities for topics include:
- 1. ___________(person) was the most important person of the 20th Century because _____________(reasons)
- __________(person) was instrumental in making Germany a major player in European history since 1850 because(reasons)
- 3. ___________(event) is the most important event in world history since the mid-19th Century because __________(reasons)
- 4. ___________(event) was the turning point in British history since the mid-19th Century because ________________(reasons)
- 5. You could also analyze why a country won or lost a war, the impact one event had on future events around the world or why an event will have lasting significance
The people and events that you could research for the topic are endless, but here is a short list of possibilities.
People: Locke, Montesquieu, Robespierre, Napoleon, Louverture, Metternich, Bismarck, Lenin, Stalin, Mandela, Ghandi, Ataturk, Porfirio Diaz, Mao, Darwin, Marx, Saddam Hussein, Mussolini, Gorbachev, Peron, Khomeini
Events: Enlightenment, Industrial Revolution, French Revolution, Haitian Revolution, Unification of Germany, Berlin Conference, spheres of influence in China, Bolshevik Revolution, Communist takeover of Africa, Apartheid, WWI, WWII, Cold War, Treaty of Versailles, Israeli-Palestinian issues, the Great Depression(worldwide), fascism in 20th Century, Nationalism, Japanese militarism, Holocaust, technology in war or civilian life, Iranian Revolution, Persian Gulf War, Islamic Fundamentalism, Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, genocide in Sudan, environmental issues, imperialism, appeasement in WWII, arms race, Cambodia, Bosnia, terrorism(not 9/11 specifically)
- 3-4 pages in length(minimum), typed
- Title page(not included as a page of the paper)
- double spaced, 12 font, 1 inch margins, Times New Roman
- In-text citations (author p)
- Bibliography(work cited page – does not count as a page of the paper)
- 3 sources (minimum) – only 1 Internet source – NO WIKIPEDIA
- tri-fold poster board to display information
- thesis must be displayed in the center of poster
- important facts, arguments displayed on the board
- photos, charts, bibliography on back
- note cards to remind you of key points
The project will be broken down into the following:
- Topic proposal and thesis statement: Due ____________________
Students write a one-two paragraph explanation of the topic they want to research. You should include any reasons why this topic is of interest to you. You must create a thesis statement! Proposals will be read and commented on. Unacceptable topics will be returned for editing (10 points)
- Annotated Bibliography: Due _________________________
This is a list of resources that you have chosen for your project, along with a brief description of what the source is about and how you are going to use it in your paper. Remember, you are required to have at least 3 sources, and only one can be a regular internet source. You are encouraged to use electronic databases which will not count toward your limit of one web page. (15 points)
- Outline: Due _____________________
The outline should demonstrate a skeletal idea about your paper. You will need to do most of your research and organize your material to write the outline. It should include your thesis statement and supporting information. (25 points)
- Rough Draft: Due ___________________
This is the first copy of your paper. A rough draft is the bulk of the paper with only rephrasing, or tinkering left to be done. You should find one adult to proofread the draft. To verify that your paper has been edited by an adult, you should get their signature and a few comments on the last page of your rough draft. You will then have an opportunity to fix any errors and rewrite sections that are not clear. A final bibliography is due with the rough draft. (35 points)
- Final Paper: Due _______________________
The paper must include the bibliography. You also need to turn in your rough draft and a folder with your handwritten or typed notes from each source. (35 points)
- Presentation: Due ________________________
Students will present their thesis and information about their topic to other students and possibly staff either in the classroom or auditorium. Students should prepare to speak for about 2 minutes and then open it up to questions. Posters will be displayed around the room and guests will rotate to listen to the presentations. (30 points)
Sample Thesis – US HISTORY
Research Paper Topic: the influence of the media on the Vietnam War. Did the media turn people against the war or affect the outcome of the war?
I chose this topic because I am interested in the Vietnam War and I think it is relevant to the world today because of all the news about wars on TV and in the newspaper. I looked at some book about Vietnam and I noticed this topic was discussed in several books. Also, there are different sides to this issue.
As the nation’s first ‘living room’ war, the Vietnam War was brought home every evening to Americans on television screens, as well as through in-depth reports in newspapers and magazines. While there is little dispute that the media played a major role in America during the Vietnam War in the 1960s and early 1970s, there is great debate about whether it was responsible for the decreasing public support for the war over time or the disastrous outcome of the war. While the media did reflect the changing mood of the public in its reporting as the war unfolded, it did not dictate the level of American support for the war or greatly influence the end result of the Vietnam War. It merely reacted to public sentiment as the war progressed and reported the events of the war as it dragged on for a decade.
The thesis paragraph always starts with general background about your topic. The thesis is the last sentence or two of the first paragraph of the paper. In this case the thesis is underlined for you.
Each section represents a paragraph you will probably use in the paper. You need to organize your information well to write the outline.
Thesis: While the media did reflect the changing mood of the public in its reporting as the war unfolded, it did not dictate the level of American support for the war or greatly influence the end result of the Vietnam War. It merely reacted to public sentiment as the war progressed and reported the events of the war as it dragged on for a decade.
Public sentiment for the war decreased during the course of the 1960s
- Gallup poll chart showing decreasing support from 1961 to 1971
- Reasons why public sentiment decreased
chemical weaponry used
- The press’ role in reporting on the war
a. Press supported the war in the beginning(quotes)
b. As public became disillusioned the press mirrored their feelings
c. Vietnam as a television war