Thesis Development
Thesis Development

What is a Thesis?

A thesis statement tells the reader/viewer in one to two sentences what your project will attempt to explain or analyze and introduces your audience to what you hope they will learn from your project.  In a History Fair project, the thesis takes a stand on a historical issue: it may explain why or how something happened, express an interpretation related to the annual NHD theme, and suggest the larger significance of historical events or actions.

The thesis is also the lighthouse guiding the entire project, meaning that it helps you make decisions about what to include, and what to exclude, in your final project.  If that photo, quote, or other primary source doesn’t connect to your thesis in some way, then it doesn’t belong in the final project.

Thesis - PPT

The slide presentation examines what makes a superior thesis.  It shows there are stages to get to the strongest thesis which is based on strong research.

FlashInstructions: Click anywhere in the center or right side of the slides featured below to advance to the next slide. This Flash version of the Powerpoint slide show will auto-advance after 60 seconds. To go back one slide, click anywhere in the area of the left side of the slide show. The presentation is about 17 slides long. (Requires Adobe Flash Player).

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Thesis Activities

Activities to Introduce Thesis Writing

History Fair gives students an opportunity to think for themselves and make their own interpretations rather than reporting back on what others had to say.  Writing a thesis, then, is challenging work for students and they may need some introductory activities before they feel comfortable about doing it for themselves.

Avoiding Thesis Pitfalls

avoid thesis pitfalls


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