Make Your Case. An Introduction to Thesis, Claims, and Evidence Chicago Metro History Education Center
An Introduction to
Thesis, Claims, and Evidence
Chicago Metro History Education Center
Special thanks to National History Day for the use of material from “A Guide to Historical Research through the National History Day program.” This presentation is made possible by National History Day, Inc., and the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation. The contents of these educational resources were developed under a grant from the Department of Education, with additional support provided by the Fry Foundation. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education or the Fry Foundation, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.
Your thesis statement tells the
reader or viewer in 1-2 sentences
what your project will
attempt to prove or analyze.
If you are using the National History Day theme
“Debate and Diplomacy in History:
Successes, Failures, Consequences,”
you should integrate the theme into the
analysis presented in your thesis.
You can use the words of the theme explicitly
or you can express the relationship to
the theme by using different words that
convey the same idea.
Let’s help this student from Milwaukee
strengthen their thesis statement.*
What’s wrong with this thesis statement?
Immigration to Milwaukee
*Taken from A Guide to Historical Research through the National History Day Program
How did Lizzie Black Kander make a difference to Milwaukee’s Jewish immigrant community?
Lizzie Black Kander and Jewish Immigration to
Milwaukee from 1880-1920.
Lizzie Black Kander used her cooking classes
and The Settlement Cookbook to teach
Milwaukee’s Jewish immigrants about
Through her cooking classes and The Settlement
Cookbook, Lizzie Black Kander introduced
Milwaukee’s Jewish immigrants to American
culture, which helped them assimilate and
learn how to avoid ethnic discrimination.
If you were creating the Lizzie Black Kander project, what types of primary and secondary sources would you seek out in order to develop and support your thesis?What’s your evidence?
Interviews or Oral Histories, Memoirs
“Rights” organizations or protective associations
Books and articles about settlements, immigration, Milwaukee, Jewish community, food and cooking, assimilation
Interview with expert