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Mr. Brant's and Ms. James' 9th grade history students are examining China, Rome, Greece, Israel/Phoenicia, Egypt, Persia, and Mesopotamia.
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Picking A Topic

Mrs. Allison picked a handfull of books on covering all the civilizations that can be written about in your paper. If you do no have a topic, a good way to find one is to spend some time with one of these reserve titles. Start with a civilization (the Greeks, the Hebrews, Mesopotamians, etc.) that interests you and browse the chapter titles, sub-headings, picture captions, etc. to find a narrower topic to study. The Reserve books are on a shelf outside the library classroom windowns. These books may not be checked out, but they can used and photocopied.


Researching and Constructing History Arguments Term Paper


Historical Research Prompt Term Project

Paper Topic:

You may write your paper on a topic of your choosing within any of these civilizations that we either have covered already or will cover by the end of the winter trimester:


Your chosen topic within one of these fields must be a specific one. For instance, if you were interested in Roman history, you should not write a wide-ranging paper concerning the history of the Roman Republic. Instead, focus in on the life of a specific Roman person, a significant event in Roman history, or perhaps even a particular aspect of Roman life or culture. You need to form a strong thesis argument as to HOW and WHY your topic is historically significant and worthy of our attention. Your paper should then delve into the topic and ultimately support your thesis.


You may not have the same topic as another student in your class.



-        Times New Roman, 12-point font, double-spaced, 1” margins

-        1500 words minimum (not including works cited page)

-        MLA format, with in-text citations and a works cited page

-        You must use at least 5 credible sources in your paper

o   all of your sources must be obtained through the McClain Library, unless otherwise cleared with Mr. Brant

o   your textbook may count as one of the 5 sources

o   at least one of the sources must be a contemporary source, unless otherwise cleared with Mr. Brant

-        The finished product will be graded out of 100 pt.’s for your term project grade (20% of your total trimester grade)


Graded Parts of this Project (and due-date timeframes):

1)    Topic Selection and Research (early December)

2)    Annotated Bibliography (due mid-December)

3)    Thesis Development and Outline (due mid-December)

4)    First Draft (due mid-January)

5)    Final Draft (due mid-January ; will be graded for your 100 pt. exam-project grade)

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