Discussion questions: What does the phrase historical context mean? Why is it important in History Day?
When starting research, a lot of students quickly learn many details on their specific topic, be it a person or an event. While this is a necessary first step in research, you’ll also need some context so you can properly frame your thesis. Historical Context refers to the wider picture and circumstances that frame an event or person. Context helps your research make sense.
You want to argue that your topic is a significant conflict/compromise. To do this, you need to show how it was a change from the norm!
Jenn McMunn is a social studies and ELA enrichment teacher at Mansfield Middle School. She has had students participate in History Day for 16 years and currently serves as the Mansfield Regional Coordinator.