National History Day: Historical Analysis Worksheet

Directions: Answer the questions below in order to determine what type of history you are most interested in studying.

  1. What revolutionary change has happened?
  2. Were there efforts at reform of past practices/policies?
  3. How did people react to the changes?

Does your topic fit into one of these historical movements or issues (the Big Idea)?

War

Political conflict

Cultural Change

Women’s issues

Civil Rights

Racial Conflict

Economic Change

Social Revolution

Political Revolution

Environmental Issues

Human Rights

Labor

Colonization

Migration

Nationalism

Marxism

Democracy

Populism

Agricultural Change

Urbanization

Mechanization

Community Building

Health Issues

Education

Socialism

Native Populations

Expansionism

Capitalism

How does the topic you want to explore fit into the concepts checked?

Historical Context

  1. What was the time span of your topic?
  2. What other major events/issues/conditions were in play during the time period of your topic?
  3. How did some of these events/conditions force the immediate revolution/reaction/reform of your topic?

People

  1. Who were some of the main players involved in the events of your topic?
  2. Who were the voices of the other side of the issue? What were they saying?

Change Over Time/Long Term Impact

  1. What long term changes came about because of the actions involved in your topic?
  2. Has your topic made a difference in the way people view the larger movements/issues related to your topic? Explain briefly?

Secondary and Primary Sources

What secondary source evidence do you need to support your thesis? Where do you think you can start looking for these sources?

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What primary source evidence do you need to support your thesis? (List the types of documents and artifacts, not the specific documents).

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