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Project description


  • To learn meaningful and useful information about World History
  • To learn to check that learning to see if it is trustworthy.

So you’ve read a book.  Big deal!  Does that mean you know what really happened?  If you answer “Yes,” then you don’t know much about history.  Historians never trust a single source.  There is always another way of presenting the evidence, and you don’t know if your single source has skewed the information to suit the author’s purposes.  I give you George Bush’s argument to invade Iraq as example number 1.  You can do better than George Bush. 


What this job requires is observation and explanation of evidence.  First, take either parts of the culture and/or specific events of the history of the book you are reading.  Then, go out and find out if the book got it right.  Finally, present your conclusion.



  1. Choose 3 historical events or cultural elements from the book.  These must be specific enough to be “checkable” and broad enough to really matter in determining truthfulness.
  2. For each event/element, find two secondary sources that describe it
  • Decide if the sources are reliable
  • Read the sources and figure out what really happened
  1. For each event/element, find one primary source that describes it
  • Decide if the source is reliable
  • Read the source and figure out what really happened
  1. Create an opinion about whether or not your book accurately describes history and/or culture.  Back the opinion up with comparisons between the book and 3 sources.
  2. Write a one-page, typed explanation about the book’s accuracy for each event/element (3 pages total)
  3. Cite each source within your explanation.
  4. Include a bibliography in correct format


There are two necessary history skills to accomplishing this task:

one, distinguish between primary and secondary sources;

two, distinguish between reliable and unreliable sources.



  • 3 events/elements
  • 6 secondary sources (2 for each event/element)
  • 3 primary sources (1 for each event/element)


Reliable sources


Yes   Iffy   No


Explanation of accuracy for each event/element



Excellent                             Reasonable                         Huh?


Uses LOTS OF EVIDENCE from the sources to support opinion



Excellent                    Reasonable             Evidence? What’s that?

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