history fair thesis examples
Don’t: Without Norman Borlaug’s Green Revolution, billions of people would have died. (“What if?” history that cannot be supported with evidence)
Do: Beginning in 1944, Dr. Norman Borlaug conducted research surrounding disease-resistant wheat varieties. His successes in agricultural reform sparked the Green Revolution in several developing nations struggling with starvation. Reaction to Borlaug’s work has been mixed as farming practices have accomplished higher yields while also undermining small scale farms and presenting negative environmental impacts.
Don’t: Franklin D. Roosevelt created the New Deal. Read more below. (Fact/Incomplete)
Do: In response to the stock market crash of 1929, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt initiated a revolutionary “New Deal.” This government reaction brought reform to the U.S. banking system and helped get Americans back to work. Roosevelt’s goal of restoring economic stability would go unmet, however, until the country mobilized for war.
Topics have been chosen, research is in full swing, students are starting to ponder color schemes and costume choices. That can only mean that the time for one of the most difficult steps in the process is at hand: the writing of the thesis statement.
There are no hard and fast rules for thesis-statement writing, but here are a couple of guidelines to ease students’ path.
When introducing students to writing thesis statements, it is important that they understand that thesis statements are drawn from an analysis of evidence. After conducting an inquiry based on primary and secondary sources, model how to move from the inquiry question, through a summary of evidence derived from relevant sources, to a draft of a thesis statement. Then create opportunities for the student to receive feedback to further refine and develop the thesis.
Summary of Relevant Evidence from Primary and Secondary Documents:
A documentary should reflect your ability to use audiovisual equipment to communicate your topic’s significance. The documentary category will help you develop skills in using photographs, film, video, audio, computers, and graphic presentations. Your presentation should include primary source materials and also must be an original production. To produce a documentary, you must have access to equipment and be able to operate it.
- Am I interested in using computers, cameras, and other technologies?
- Can I conduct and record interviews (for the purpose of including film clips in the documentary)?
- Can I find film clips to use in my documentary?
- Are there enough still photographs related to my topic available that I can use in my documentary?
- Do I have access to equipment that will be needed to make a documentary?
- Is creating a documentary the best way to show off my topic?
Great Lakes Great Legacy?: The Compromise of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
1st Place Junior Group Website
Sofia Fish and Azalea Rohr
Sanford Middle School
These are winning entries from previous National History Day Contests.