Local History Enquiry





You will have learnt from your last lesson that researching is a skill. You now have the opportunity to use that skill to make a fantastic Local History Project.

If you feel confused about any of the tasks – dont forget to ask for help!

You will now go through each task. You should do this by reading any information written under each green coloured title and complete the TO DO section. Also you should always remember – when you see this sign save your work




 What is your question?


Before you can go off as a skilled historian you need know what topic you want to find out about. What question are you researching into?

First of all go to Mr Ross’s website here.




Remember to save his word document to your computer.




Once you have saved the document, read the success criteria and then fill in what enquiry question you have chosen to research. Throughout this enquiry you will need to keep saving your work when you have done a task.


  Again save the word document to your computer.


 Using your question for research:

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Now you have chosen your question to research,

you need to work out the best way to get the search results you need. Read the TIP BOX below and complete the TO DO activity.






TIP BOX: Remember the skills that you used last lesson. You  tried to narrow down your searches by using key words or phrases. You are about to use the same skills for your enquiry question. You need to break the enquiry question down into smaller questions, so you can make successfull searches for useful websites.



TO DO: Using the enquiry question you wrote down, try to break this up into smaller research questions. You must write down at least three questions.

 Now save your work again. 




 Ready to research!

 You are now ready to research! You should have broken down your  enquiry question into smaller questions. This means you are ready to get lots of information to create great answers! Right lets get researching……





TO DO: Click on the link here. In the search box type the smaller research questions you have. You will now have a set of search results. Click on the any relevant website that the search results have given you. Remember last lesson when you only looked for relevant websites it is the same when researching your enquiry question. Now read through the information on the different websites.


Remember – when looking at the information you must think to yourself: 


1. Does the information talk about my subject?


2. Does the information help me answer the question? 



 Once you have read through the website information, cut and paste into your word document any information that helps you answer your question AND the website you got this from. Click here for an example to help you understand.


Once again save your work!




Analysing your information:

Although you have cut and pasted your information – THIS IS NOT YOUR FINAL ANSWER!

You are now going to use the information you have copied and pasted. You will do this by highlighting the dates and events that have happened so you are beginnning to use your information.

By looking at the events you can break down the large amount of text into smaller bits to use as examples. This is the same as your last lesson when you picked out significant events. However this time you won’t just pick out the events, you will write them down in a table and mark them out of 10 for usefulness. This will help you to analyse your information further deciding whether it actually helps answer your questions – giving you relevant examples!


TO DO: Using the information you cut and pasted into your word document, highlight any dates you find on it. Scroll down the document to find a table. Fill in the table by writing in the DATE, then DESCRIBE THE EVENT, and MARK THIS OUT OF 10 FOR USEFULNESS.


Click here for an example to help you understand how you analyse your pasted text.

Once you have finished your table, save your work again!



Interpreting your information:

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As historians you also need to make an argument using evidence. By researching you have found some evidence, which you have already put into a table. You now need to use these examples in a paragraph. Last lesson you used a writing frame to help, this time try to write it by yourself using the golden rule of writing Historical arguments
Golden rule: Always use a PEE burger!
TO DO: Using the table you have made in the word document, write a PEE burger paragraph to answer your Local History Project Question! Remember to use your own ideas and the information in your table as examples in your PEE burger.


Once again save your work!


Click to view image detailsEvaluation: Did it work?

Remember we made a success criteria to check if it is a fantastic piece of writing, to check this you need to compare the writing you have done to the criteria and see if it matches up………..but because you probably think your paragraph is correct it is good to get your friend to look at it.


TO DO: Email your word document to your friend. Your friend will also email you their work. When this arrives, open there email and grade their work using the criteria in the word document.


Save this as a new word document called ‘friends’ and then email it back to them. 


Once your friend has emailed your work back as well you can use what they have said about your work to improve your paragraph.


Save the work that your friend has been emailed back to you as your own document on your computer.

Using your friends suggestions now try to write an even better paragraph at home.















One thought on “Local History Enquiry

  1. There’s a real sense of a purposful learning journey here Penny.  There is still some re-reading that needs to be done for sense and clarity, but that’s not unusual.  Somehow, with your colour choices – the links have been disguised.  Is there a way of making them stand out?
    Perhaps you could remind them of the previous lesson (Alan’s) in which they picked up some great ideas for searching the internet?
    There are a couple of places where I am confused.  For instance – scoring out of 10.  What are they scoring?  What criteria do they use for scoring?  HOw does this help them make their final paragraph? 
    Could the example be on another page – could you write "click here for an example about xyz"?  I think it breaks up the flow and increases the amount of text on the page.
    Whaddya think?

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