Welcome back to seminar!

  • Questions/Comments? So...how were the quizzes?!
  • Historical Significance
    • As you (should) know by now, the whole point of Dr. Costanzo's class is NOT to simply memorize and regurgitate information on exams. Yes, you'll need to be familiar with many names, dates, and events, but the goal of doing this is to help you gain an understanding of historical significance.
    • For those of you who were in HIST 1301 with Dr. Costanzo, can you speak to the importance of historical significance? How does historical significance figure in to Dr. Costanzo's exams?
  • There are basically four elements of identifying a historical term:
    1. Good definition (who/what?)
    2. Time period (when?)
    3. Location (where?)
    4. Significance/Importance (So what?)
  • Students seem to struggle with why, or the significance. There are lots of different ways a person or event (or whatever) can be significant. Here are some questions to ask yourself when trying to figure out WHY something is significant:
    • Did it cause something to happen? What resulted BECAUSE of it?
    • Is it an example of an activity that was going on? Does it represent an idea or practice of the time period? (In other words, what does it tell us about this time/place in American history?)
    • Was it the first/last time for something to occur in American history?
    • Was it something that failed, thus leading to another approach being taken?

By answering these questions, you're making an argument and analyzing!

Basically, you're making an ARGUMENT about why this term is important or worthy of study!

Let's practice using the ID term given to you in class last week: Manhattan Project

Individually, write down the information on a sheet of paper (can use bullet points) for the following questions about the ID term.

  • Who/what? (Describe who/what the term is.)
  • When? (When did this term occur? What time period or decade does the term come from? Which historical era is it most associated with? Other important dates?)
  • Where? (Where did this take place? What locations are associated with this term? List specific locations!)

Get into groups of no more than 5.

  • Compare your answers.
  • As a group, compose a COMPLETE definition (one definition for the entire team) for this term in paragraph form. In addition to the who/what, when, and where, you'll need to have at least 2-3 sentences that ARGUE the historical significance of your term.
    • Make sure everyone's name is on the top of the page.
    • Before you hand them in, let's post your results on our Review Terms page. (You can find this link in the sidebar, too!)


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  • The last day to alter your schedule is this Wednesday. If you are considering this or need any assistance, please do not hesitate to ask any questions or talk to me after class.
  • Make sure you submit your First Day Homework to me via email, if you haven't already! It's due before class on Wednesday.