Research Paper-2012


6/1/12:  Work Day.  Rough drafts due at 3:00 today.  Note checklist for final drafts.

5/31/12:  Work Day

5/30/12:  Do Now:  When and where do you think this picture was taken?  What do you think? (Comment in your journal.)  Music by Doc Watson (b. 1923  d. May 29, 2012)  What difficulty did Doc Watson have to overcome to become a musician?

5/29/12:  No Class

5/24/12:  Technology integration

Outlines due tomorrow

  • must include significant information
  • may not be complete
  • not a list of topics or intentions
  • must be in proper form
  • or else: points deducted from final grade

5/23/12:  Work Day.

5/22/12:  Work Day.

  • Continue taking notes
  • Outline with significant information, in proper form, due Friday.
  • No outline, or no significant information, or improper form will result in a deduction from your final grade.  (Note use of negative feedback.)
  • Sample outline attached below.

5/21/12:  Work Day.  Last call for notes.  Outline due Friday.


1.  Finish Video
2.  Return HW, Updates on research paper, civil rights paper, make-up work
3.  After lunch: Integration of technology in the curriculum

5/17/12:  Time to get serious about this paper. 

11:21-11:55  Business items, finish DVD.

After lunch:  Library--finish/fix bibliographies.

Also--next draft of civil rights papers is due tomorrow.

Due Dates: 

  • Bibliographies were due yesterday. 
  • Notes, 500 words (total) from 3 sources, are due tomorrow
  • Students who make a personal appeal to me may get an extension until Monday.

5/16 Bibliography
5/18 Notes
5/25 Outline
6/1 Rough Draft
6/8 Final Draft

5/16:  Work on bibliography

5/15:  Work on bibliography

5/14:  Work on bibliography/ Celebrate

AP US History Research Paper


Description and Time Line

This is a historical research paper of at least 2,500 words modeled after the Concord Review article on the Cuban Missile Crisis. In the Concord Review article, the author researched the best historical books and journals on the subject. He found that historians' interpretations of the crisis changed dramatically after the breakup of the Soviet Union when many new records were opened to the public.  Older historians wrote that the US, as a result of the crisis, agreed not to invade Cuba.  More recent historians have written that this never occurred, even though it has been widely reported.  He then reviewed a collection of documents and letters related to the crisis, all of which confirmed what the most recent historians have written.  Thus, his thesis was that the recent interpretation is significantly different and more accurate than the older interpretation.

Due: Last regular class day: Friday, June 8, 2012.   

Counts for 1/2 of 4th quarter grade.

  • All due dates are at the end of class on the day specified. 
  • Maintain a folder in which to submit all of your work.
  • Turn in the total accumulated project with each submission. 
  • Failure to meet any of these due dates will result in a deduction of 10 Points from the final grade.
  • Incomplete or impartial submissions may also result in deductions of up to 10 points.  
  • Papers will not be accepted unless all of the following steps have been completed.

Step 1:  Topic

  • Any US history topic, subject to my approval, about which historians have written.
  • Current social topics are not acceptable. 
  • Vermont or Barre topics are encouraged.
  • I suggest that you scan the textbook for an interesting topic.
  • Focus may change as you progress, but topic may not. 

Primary Sources will be the foundation of your paper. They are sources created by eyewitnesses to the events you are studying. 

  • Find an abundant collection of complete or substantial documents. 
  • Secondary sources which occasionally quote primary sources are not primary sources. 
  • If the primary sources are not yet in your possession, explain when and how they will be obtained.
  • See the list of documents and primary sources which I have provided for some of the holdings in the SHS library.  

Step 2:  Bibliography

  • only the title and author are required at this point, but be aware that a full bibliographical entry will be required with your notes and on the final paper.
  • minimum 4 secondary sources
  • no general encyclopedias (except with my permission)
  • specialized encyclopedias are acceptable (i.e. Encyclopedia of American Social History)
  • no textbooks (except with my permission)
  • minimum one historical monograph
  • minimum one scholarly journal article (must be approved by me) 
  • indicate where each book is or how you will obtain it
  • anyone who dares list Wikipedia as a source will fail the class, be expelled from school, and required to begin high school again somewhere else in the 9th grade.

Step 3:  Notes

  • A total of at least 500 words of notes from at least 3 sources.
  • Must include bibliographic information and page numbers!!!
  • Notes may be taken any way you like, note cards, steno pad, notebook, loose paper, but they must be kept together.

Step 4:  Detailed Outline

  • Follow guidelines provided for outlines.

Step 5: Rough Draft

  • Must be a complete draft of the paper, at least 1500 words, including introduction, conclusion, and endnotes.

Step 6:  Friday, June 8, 2012

  • Final Draft


Gerald Desmarais,
May 22, 2012, 7:29 AM
Gerald Desmarais,
Apr 11, 2012, 6:18 AM
Gerald Desmarais,
Apr 11, 2012, 6:18 AM