For this assignment, you will
How will you present your findings? You have some choices:
Regardless of format, you will need to provide
The introduction section of your presentation will go over the issue and provide context.
If you chose a personal topic, explain
Helen's topic is "pre-wedding marital agreements," and her question is "How do pre-wedding marital agreements affect a marriage?" In her presentation, Helen will include an introduction that presents the context for her choice of topic and question.
In her introduction, Helen will explain she is getting married soon, and that this makes marriage-related topics very relevant to her at the present time. She will explain that marriage and married life are preoccupations for her, meaning they take up most of her attention and thoughts. She will tell her audience that she has read about prenuptial agreements, and that she and her fiance have discussed them, and although they were not serious about them, the idea sparked questions, curiosity, doubts, and a bit of anxiety in Helen, and this is why she will turn to 3 historical characters from different countries, cultures, and eras to look for an answer to her question.
If you chose a societal issue,
Use Helen's and Harry's examples to work on your own introduction. A lot of this project focuses on you, so make it personal, and convey to your audience what led you to your choices, including the context of the issue, its personal relevance to you and/or to society, and how you plan to seek answers in history.
What is a conclusion?
A conclusion is not
A conclusion should tie everything together in a meaningful way, with simple but powerful words that will leave a lasting impression on your audience. Think of your conclusion as your parting shot, your last chance to impress and enlighten your audience. Make it count by not repeating what you've said before, but by finding ways of enhancing the content and creating closure. And do not start your conclusion with "in conclusion." Your conclusion should feel like a conclusion without you announcing it is.
In your conclusion for this assignment, you will
Use the resources provided by your instructor in your course, plus library resources. The library has several books about what life was like in times past, for example:
To find other, similar books, go to the library's homepage and under FIND BOOKS, run title searches using the words "everyday life in" and "daily life in."
You can also explore the resources linked below.