Ch 1: AEPA: Historical Research & Writing

About This Chapter

In preparation for the AEPA Middle Grades Social Science certification exam, complete the activities of this chapter to improve your understanding of historical research design and methodology, the sources of historical data and how historical data can be presented.

AEPA: Historical Research & Writing - Chapter Summary

With the activities of this chapter, you will be able to improve your knowledge about the techniques used to discover new historical information and how that data can be presented through essays and visual graphics. Watch these short, engaging lesson videos to review:

  • Historical research design and methods
  • Differences between primary and secondary sources
  • Constructing arguments and writing evaluative essays
  • Inferences of meanings
  • Usefulness of scientific graphs, charts and other visual displays of data

Utilize the versatility of these lessons and watch them on your mobile devices as well as your computer. Additionally, if you would like to try an alternative review of the material read the written overviews of the lessons, presented as lesson transcripts. Accompanying these lessons are assessments meant to test your understanding of the information and help you find topics you don't fully understand. Video tags makes improving your understanding of these topics easy, by allowing you to return to lesson videos and skip over the material you've already mastered.

AEPA: Historical Research & Writing Objectives

The state of Arizona uses the AEPA Middle Grades Social Science exam to test the proficiency of future educators' knowledge of the social sciences. This certification exam involves answering a series of 150 computer-administered multiple-choice questions in a 180-minute testing session. Of the material covered by these questions, 50% falls under the domain of History. Use this chapter to improve your understanding of the nature of historical research and how historical data is presented.

12 Lessons in Chapter 1: AEPA: Historical Research & Writing
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Historical Research Design: Definition, Advantages & Limitations

1. Historical Research Design: Definition, Advantages & Limitations

Most research involves looking at what's happening right now. But what if a researcher wants to look at the past and what it can tell us about the future? In this lesson, we'll explore historical research design, its steps, and its pros and cons.

Historical Methodology: Evidence and Interpretation

2. Historical Methodology: Evidence and Interpretation

In this lesson. we will learn about historical methodology. We will learn how history is constructed based on evidence and how various interpretations are formulated.

What is a Primary Source? - Definition & Examples

3. What is a Primary Source? - Definition & Examples

Let's explore primary sources. In this lesson, learn about first hand materials as primary sources. And then, begin to analyze and determine if a document, information, or object is a primary source.

Secondary Source: Definition & Examples

4. Secondary Source: Definition & Examples

What are secondary sources? Read this lesson to learn about these materials. You'll also find out how to determine whether or not a source is secondary.

Supporting Details: Definition & Examples

5. Supporting Details: Definition & Examples

Find out what supporting details are and their role in essay writing. Learn the different ways to include supporting details, then take a quiz to test your new skills.

How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

6. How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

When writing an essay, you will often be asked to utilize appropriate sources for evidence, including facts and definitions. In this video, we will talk about the ways we can utilize and evaluate sources and evidence.

Parts of An Argument: Claims, Counterclaims, Reasons, and Evidence

7. Parts of An Argument: Claims, Counterclaims, Reasons, and Evidence

To effectively write an argument, you need to know the four basic parts. In this lesson, you will learn the definitions of the four basic parts and why you need them in an argument.

Evaluative Essay: Examples, Format & Characteristics

8. Evaluative Essay: Examples, Format & Characteristics

A good evaluative essay helps a writer present an opinion using criteria and evidence. Learn all about the evaluative essay and its components in this lesson.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

9. What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

In this lesson, we will define the terms inference and intended meaning. We will then discuss what steps to take when making inferences in literature.

How to Read Scientific Graphs & Charts

10. How to Read Scientific Graphs & Charts

How do scientists summarize their findings with visual aids? In this lesson, explore the different types of tables, charts and graphs that scientists use. Learn to read these effectively as a preview to your science studies.

The Role of Visuals in Communication

11. The Role of Visuals in Communication

Visuals used in business communication can help with message development. This lesson will explain how the use of visuals can increase understanding, development, communication, and the retainment of a message.

Using Visuals to Present Data: Textual Graphics vs. Visual Graphics

12. Using Visuals to Present Data: Textual Graphics vs. Visual Graphics

Textual and visual graphics can aid in visually presenting data to a business audience. You must first identify the type of data you will be presenting and then decide whether it is details, patterns or relationships being communicated.

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