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HIS 100 Topic Exploration Worksheet
Select a research topic area for Project 1 based on which of the following areas interests you the most. You will explore the selected topic a little later in this theme. Mark your selection in the right-hand column.
|Drafting of the U.S. Constitution||Drafting of the U.S Constitution|
|Mao Zedong’s Rule Over China|
|South African Apartheid|
|Choose Your Own Topic (insert pre-approved topic here)|
|In the space below, replace the bracketed text with a short paragraph about what you already knew prior to this course about the topic you selected, based on your personal history or experiences. This may include assumptions, beliefs, or values related to the topic. Be as detailed as possible.|
|Drafting of the U.S constitution involved the founding fathers of the United States. This include Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and John Adams. The process was done through a national convention in Philadelphia. The national convention was attended by delegates from the 13 states of America.|
Now that you have identified your topic and described what you already know about the topic, what questions do you still have about the topic? Replace the bracketed text with your answers.
|Identify one question about the topic that you are curious about.||How did the delegates agree about the type of government to be formed?|
|Describe why this question matters to you personally.||The question matters to me because the U.S constitution was drafted to check the balance of power between the three arms of government- executive, judiciary and the legislative. It is interesting to find out how the delegates decided to create the three arms of government.|
|Describe why this question matters to society.||The question matters to society because the U.S Constitution is the oldest constitution in the contemporary world to have survived. The Constitution created the government of the people, by the people, and for the people. According to the Constitution, any citizen born in the United States and is 35 years and above is eligible to run for President.|
|Identify a second question about the topic you are curious about.||Who was the most influential person in the drafting of the Constitution?|
|Describe why this question matters to you personally.||I want to know the influential person in the process of drafting the Constitution. There were other delegates from the original 13 states, but I want to know if some people had more power than others in deciding what to include the in the Constitution.|
|Describe why this question matters to society.||People should know the influencers of the Constitution drafting process. The influencers may be businessmen or politicians.|
You are now ready to complete the final part of your Topic Exploration Worksheet. You have chosen a topic, posed some research questions, and are ready to start thinking about what kind of sources you will need to investigate your research questions further. Using the library guide in the Shapiro Library provided for your chosen topic, skim through the suggested resources (or find your own) and replace the bracketed text with relevant information about your research questions.
|Which secondary sources would be helpful for investigating your first research question? (Include the title and author of the sources.)||Negotiating the Constitution by Joseph M. Lynch The Constitution Before the Judgment Seat by Jürgen Heideking; John P. Kaminski (Editor); Richard Leffler (Editor) Meyerson, M. (2009). Liberty’s Blueprint: How Madison and Hamilton Wrote the Federalist Papers, Defined the Constitution, and Made Democracy Safe for the World. Basic Books.|
|Which primary sources would be helpful for investigating your first research question? (Include the title and author of the sources.)||Washington’s letter to John Jay from National Archives’ Founders Online Collection. Washington’s letter to James Madison from National Archives’ Founders Online Collection|
|Which secondary sources would be helpful for investigating your second research question? (Include the title and author of the sources.)||The Framing and Ratification of the Constitution by Leonard W. Levy (Editor); Dennis J. Mahoney (Editor)|
|Which primary sources would be helpful for investigating your second research question? (Include the title and author of the sources.)||Hamilton, A., Madison, J. & Jay, J. (1788). The federalist: A collection of essays, written in favour of the new Constitution, as agreed upon by the Federal Convention, September 17, 1787: In two volumes. New York, NY: J. and A. M’Lean.|
|Now that you have gone through the research, what have you learned about your topic in one to two paragraphs?||Drafting of the U.S Constitution involved a convention of delegates from the original 13 states. The influencers of the Constitution include George Washington, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson. However, George Washington had the greatest influence on the drafting process because he wrote letters to the delegates such as John Adams and James Madison stating the issues that should be included in the Constitution.|