HISTORY 1301 & 1302 HISTORY ANALYSIS
    WORKSHEETS
The following "worksheets" may be used for any exercise or the "free-form."  Points are as
indicated.  Complete the questions on your own paper, but be sure your "worksheet" is clearly
identified in terms of which worksheet is being completed and which questions you are
answering.  In other words, write the question.  20 points each unless indicated otherwise in
class.

ARTIFACT ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:
Locate an artifact that relates to the time frame and topic of your course.
1.   Where did you find the artifact?
2.   What material(s) was used to make the artifact?
3.   What was the original use for the artifact?
4.   Who might have used it?
5.   Where might it have been used?
6.   When was it made?
7.   What does it tell about the technology of the time in which it was made and used?
8.   Describe the texture, color, size, weight, moveable parts, anything printed, stamped
 or written on it.
9.   Did seeing the artifact in person help understanding its significance?

BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:
Locate a building or structure built during the time frame and topic of your course.
1.  What is the building or structure?
2.  What was the original use of the building or structure?
3.  When was it built?
4.  What materials were used in the building or structure?
5.  Describe its overall appearance?
6.  Are there any unique features?  Explain.
7.  What does it say about life when it was built?
8.  When did you visit the site?
9.  Describe your "field trip."
10.  What were your overall impression regarding the building or structure?
11.  How did visiting the building or structure add to your understanding of history?

CARTOON ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:
Locate an editorial or propaganda cartoon that relates to the time frame and topic of your course.
You may use cartoons found in the textbook or other resources.
1.  Identify the cartoon by caption and/or title.  If necessary, create your own title and explain.
2.  How did you obtain the cartoon?  What's the resource for this cartoon?
3.  Record any important dates or numbers on the cartoon.
4.  List the objects and people you see in the cartoon.
5.  Describe the action taking place in the cartoon.
6.  Explain the message of the cartoon.
7.  List adjectives that describe the emotions portrayed in the cartoon.
8.  What special interest groups would agree and disagree with the cartoon's message and why?

CEMETERY AND HISTORIC MARKER OR SITE ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:
Visit a cemetery, historic marker, or historic site that relates to the time frame and topic of your
course.
1.  Where did you go?  What cemetery or site did you visit.
2.  What did you find there?
3.  Was there any historical information available at the site?  If so, explain.
4.  How old is this site?  If a cemetery, what are the dates of the oldest graves?
5.  What event(s) happened in this place?
6.  Why did you select this site?
7.  What did you learn about history by visiting the site?
8.  What questions did you have while visiting the site?

DANCE ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:
Observe a dance (in-class, live performance elsewhere, video/tv) and answer the questions.
(For in-class dances, you may do the dance or the worksheet but not both.)
1.  Name of  Dance and how you observed it.
2.  What time in history was this dance used as an example?
3.  In a paragraph, describe the dance.
4.  In another paragraph, explain what this dance said about life during the time it was first
 performed?
5.  Originally, who would have performed this piece?
6.  Who performed this piece in class?  You do not have to name everyone, but try to make
 some generalizations about students who were interested in performing this piece.
7.  How well did the performance in class reflect the meaning and feelings of this piece?
 

DOCUMENT ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:
Locate a document that relates to the time frame and topic of your course.  This may be the
original document or a reasonable facsimile.  It should be at least a copy of the original
document.
1.  What is the document and how did you obtain the document?
2.  Date(s) of document
3.  Author or creator of the document:
4.  For what audience was the document written?
5.  List three things the author said in the document that you think are important.
6.  Why do you think this document was written?
7.  Write a quote from the document that you think is important.
8.  List two things the document tells you about like at the time it was written.
9.  Describe the document's appearance.
10.  Write a question you have about the document.

FILM ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:
Watch a film that relates to the time frame and topic of your course.
1.  What is the title of the film?  If a clip (excerpt), what is the subject of the clip?
2.  What period in history was being studied when this clip was shown?
3.  When was the film produced?
4.  What type of film was it?  (animated, documentary, newsreel, theatrical/entertainment, etc.)
5.  What is the mood or tone of the film?   How does it affect emotions?
6.  What were the physical qualities of the film?  (narration, music, special effects, lighting, etc.)
7.  What is the main message of the film?
8.  What does this film tell you about life?
9.  What did you learn from the film that reading or lectures would not provide?
10.  Write a question left unanswered by the film.
 
HISTORIC MARKERS AND SITES ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:  See Cemetery Analysis Worksheet

INTERNET ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:
Locate an internet site that relates to the time frame and topic of your course.  Locate a site that
has information rather than just lists of links.  A good place to start is the El Centro History Home
Page at:
 http://www.ecc.dcccd.edu/art-sci/hist/History.htm
1.  General topic of the page:
2.  URL of the specific site being evaluated:
3.  Title of Page:
4.  Is this page part of a larger site:  If so, what is the title of the larger site?
5.  Who produced/created the page?
6.  What information is contained in this site?
7.  What graphics, illustration, maps, etc. are included on the site?
8.  Critique the site.  (how helpful is it in providing information; is it attractive?; is it easy to us?;
 weaknesses?,  etc.)

LIBRARY BOOK ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:
Select a book from the EL CENTRO LIBRARY ONLY.  The book must relate to the time frame
and topic of your course.
1.   Title of Book:
2.   Author/Editors(s):
3.   Call Number:
4.   Publisher:
5.   Year of Publication:
6.   Edition Number:
7.   Location of Publisher:
8.   Length (number of pages):
9.   Does the book include maps, photos, or other illustrations?
10.  What is the general topic of the book, and how does it relate to our studies?
11.  Does this seem to be a book you would like to read?  Explain why.
 
MAP ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:
Select a map that relates to the time frame and topic of your history course.  You may use
textbook maps as well as other resources.
1.  What is shown on this map?
2.  When was this map drawn or produced originally?
2.  Where did you obtain this map?
3.  What type of map is it?  (topographic, political, contour-line, natural resources, military,
    bird's-eye view, satellite photograph, pictographic, weather, etc.)
4.  Which of the following is included on the map?
 a.  compass b.  handwritten information c.  date  d.  notations
 e.  scale f.  name of mapmaker  g.  title  h.  legend or key
 i.  other (explain)
5.  In a paragraph, explain what information can be gained by examining this map.
6.  Why do you think this map was drawn?
7.  Write a question that you have as result of examining this map.
 

MYTH ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:
Locate a myth that relates to the time frame and topic of your history course.
1.  Title of Myth:
2.  Whose myth is it?
3.  What type of myth is it?  What is the purpose of the myth?
4.  Who (or what) are the major characters in this myth?
5.  Summarize the myth.
6.  What is the message in this myth?
7.  What does this myth explain?
8.  What does this myth reveal about the people who created it?

PHOTOGRAPH ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:
Select a photograph that relates to the time frame and topic of your history course.  You may use
textbook photos as well as other resources.
Step 1.  Observation
 A.  Study the photograph for two minutes.  Form an overall impression of the photograph
  and then examine individual items.  Next, divide the photo into quadrants and
  study each section to see what new details become visible.
 B.  Describe any people in the photo.
 C.  Describe any objects in the photo.
 D.  Describe any activities being illustrated in the photo.

Step 2.  Inference
 A.  What did you learn from this photo?
 B.  What questions does this photo raise in your mind?
 C.  What did this photo provide that reading or lecture would not have provided?
 D.  Is this "picture worth a thousand words"?  Explain.

POSTER ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:
Locate a poster that relates to the time frame and topic of your course.  You may use posters
printed in the textbook or from other resources.
1.  What is the title of the poster?  If necessary, create a title and explain.
2.  What are the main colors used in the poster?
3.  What symbols (if any) are used in the poster?  If symbols are used, explain their use.
4.  Is the message of the poster primarily visual, verbal, or both?  Explain.
5.  Who do you think is the intended audience for this poster?  Why do you think this?
6.   What does the maker of this poster hope to accomplish?
7.  In your opinion, is this an effective poster?  Explain.

SONG ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:
Students may participate in the exercise OR complete the worksheet but NOT BOTH.
1.  Name of Song
2.  What time in history was this song used as an example?
3.  In a paragraph, describe the song.
4.  In another paragraph, explain what this song  said about life during the time it was first
 performed?
5.  Originally, who performed this song?
6.  Who performed this song in class?  You do not have to name everyone, but try to make
 some generalizations about students who were interested in performing this piece.
7.  How well did the performance in class reflect the meaning and feelings of this song?
 

SOUND RECORDING ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:
Select any sound recording that relates to the time frame and topic of your course.
Step 1:  Pre-listening
 A.  Who will you hear on this sound recording?
 B.  What is the title of the recording?
 C.  When was this recording made originally?
 D.  How did you obtain the recording?
Step 2:  Listening
 A.  What type of sound recording is it?  (speech, news report, interview, entertainment,
      music, panel discussion, etc.)
 B.  Is there anything unique or unusual about the recording such as background noise,
  special sound effects, narration, background music, etc.?
 C.  What is the tone or mood of this recording?
Step 3:  Post-Listening
 A.  List three things in this sound recording that you think are important.
 B.  Why do you think this recording was made and for what audience?
 C.  List two things this sound recording tells you about life in the country that it was
  produced.
 D.  Write a question you have about this sound recording.

WAR ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:
Use the following worksheet to assist in understanding the causes, major events, and results of
wars studied in your history course.
1.  Which war?
2.  What were the causes of this war?
3.  Who were the individuals who were responsible for leading the war effort?
4.  Was there one event that ignited the war?  If so, explain.
5.  What other major events proceeded the war?
6.  When did the war begin and end?
7.  Who were the opposing forces in the war?
8.  Who were the military leaders in the war?
9.  Who provided soldiers for the war?
10.  What did women do during the war?
11.  What were the major battles of the war?
12.  Who won the war and why?
13.  What were the other results of the war?
14.  Had you been around at the time, who would you have supported in the war?

            SOUTHWESTERN STUDIES
 HISTORY ANALYSIS WORKSHEETS    

The following "worksheets" may be used for any exercise or the "free-form.  Complete the
questions on your own paper, but be sure your "worksheet" is clearly identified in terms of which
worksheet is being completed and which questions you are answering.  In other words, write the
question.  20 points each unless otherwise indicated in class.

ARTIFACT ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:
Locate an artifact that relates to the time frame and topic of your course.  The Dallas Museum of
Art will be your main resource although you may locate others.
1.   Where did you find the artifact?
2.   What material(s) was used to make the artifact?
3.   What was the original use for the artifact?
4.   Who might have used it?
5.   Where might it have been used?
6.   When was it made?
7.   What does it tell about the technology of the time in which it was made and used?
8.   Describe the texture, color, size, weight, moveable parts, anything printed, stamped
 or written on it.
9.   Did seeing the artifact in person help understanding its significance?

BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:
Locate a building or structure built during the time frame and topic of your course.
1.  What is the building or structure?
2.  What was the original use of the building or structure?
3.  When was it built?
4.  What materials were used in the building or structure?
5.  Describe its overall appearance?
6.  Are there any unique features?  Explain.
7.  What does it say about life when it was built?
8.  When did you visit the site?
9.  Describe your "field trip."
10.  What were your overall impression regarding the building or structure?
11.  How did visiting the building or structure add to your understanding of history?

CARTOON ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:
Locate an editorial or propaganda cartoon that relates to the time frame and topic of your course.
You may use cartoons found in the textbook or other resources.
1.  Identify the cartoon by caption and/or title.  If necessary, create your own title and explain.
2.  How did you obtain the cartoon?  What's the resource for this cartoon?
3.  Record any important dates or numbers on the cartoon.
4.  List the objects and people you see in the cartoon.
5.  Describe the action taking place in the cartoon.
6.  Explain the message of the cartoon.
7.  List adjectives that describe the emotions portrayed in the cartoon.
8.  What special interest groups would agree and disagree with the cartoon's message and why?
 

CEMETERY AND HISTORIC MARKER OR SITE ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:
Visit a cemetery, historic marker, or historic site that relates to the time frame and topic of your
course.
1.  Where did you go?  What cemetery or site did you visit.
2.  What did you find there?
3.  Was there any historical information available at the site?  If so, explain.
4.  How old is this site?  If a cemetery, what are the dates of the oldest graves?
5.  What event(s) happened in this place?
6.  Why did you select this site?
7.  What did you learn about history by visiting the site?
8.  What questions did you have while visiting the site?

DANCE ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:
Observe a dance (in-class, live performance elsewhere, video/tv) and answer the questions.
(For in-class dances, you may do the dance or the worksheet but not both.)
1.  Name of  Dance and how you observed it.
2.  What time in history was this dance used as an example?
3.  In a paragraph, describe the dance.
4.  In another paragraph, explain what this dance said about life during the time it was first
 performed?
5.  Originally, who would have performed this piece?
6.  Who performed this piece in class?  You do not have to name everyone, but try to make
 some generalizations about students who were interested in performing this piece.
7.  How well did the performance in class reflect the meaning and feelings of this piece?
 

DOCUMENT ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:
Locate a document that relates to the time frame and topic of your course.  This may be the
original document or a reasonable facsimile.  It should be at least a copy of the original
document.
1.  What is the document and how did you obtain the document?
2.  Date(s) of document
3.  Author or creator of the document:
4.  For what audience was the document written?
5.  List three things the author said in the document that you think are important.
6.  Why do you think this document was written?
7.  Write a quote from the document that you think is important.
8.  List two things the document tells you about like at the time it was written.
9.  Describe the document's appearance.
10.  Write a question you have about the document.

FILM ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:
Watch a film that relates to the time frame and topic of your course.
1.  What is the title of the film?  If a clip (excerpt), what is the subject of the clip?
2.  What period in history was being studied when this clip was shown?
3.  When was the film produced?
4.  What type of film was it?  (animated, documentary, newsreel, theatrical/entertainment, etc.)
5.  What is the mood or tone of the film?   How does it affect emotions?
6.  What were the physical qualities of the film?  (narration, music, special effects, lighting, etc.)
7.  What is the main message of the film?
8.  What does this film tell you about life?
9.  What did you learn from the film that reading or lectures would not provide?
10.  Write a question left unanswered by the film.
 

HISTORIC MARKERS AND SITES ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:  See Cemetery Analysis
Worksheet

INTERNET ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:
Locate an internet site that relates to the time frame and topic of your course.  Locate a site that
has information rather than just lists of links.  A good place to start is the El Centro History Home
Page at:
 http://www.ecc.dcccd.edu/art-sci/hist/History.htm
1.  General topic of the page:
2.  URL of the specific site being evaluated:
3.  Title of Page:
4.  Is this page part of a larger site:  If so, what is the title of the larger site?
5.  Who produced/created the page?
6.  What information is contained in this site?
7.  What graphics, illustration, maps, etc. are included on the site?
8.  Critique the site.  (how helpful is it in providing information; is it attractive?; is it easy to us?;
 weaknesses?,  etc.)

LIBRARY BOOK ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:
Select a book from the EL CENTRO LIBRARY ONLY.  The book must relate to the time frame
and topic of your course.
1.   Title of Book:
2.   Author/Editors(s):
3.   Call Number:
4.   Publisher:
5.   Year of Publication:
6.   Edition Number:
7.   Location of Publisher:
8.   Length (number of pages):
9.   Does the book include maps, photos, or other illustrations?
10.  What is the general topic of the book, and how does it relate to our studies?
11.  Does this seem to be a book you would like to read?  Explain why.
 
MAP ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:
Select a map that relates to the time frame and topic of your history course.  You may use
textbook maps as well as other resources.
1.  What is shown on this map?
2.  When was this map drawn or produced originally?
2.  Where did you obtain this map?
3.  What type of map is it?  (topographic, political, contour-line, natural resources, military,
    bird's-eye view, satellite photograph, pictographic, weather, etc.)
4.  Which of the following is included on the map?
 a.  compass b.  handwritten information c.  date  d.  notations
 e.  scale f.  name of mapmaker  g.  title  h.  legend or key
 i.  other (explain)
5.  In a paragraph, explain what information can be gained by examining this map.
6.  Why do you think this map was drawn?
7.  Write a question that you have as result of examining this map.
 
 

MYTH ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:
Locate a myth that relates to the time frame and topic of your history course.
1.  Title of Myth:
2.  Whose myth is it?
3.  What type of myth is it?  What is the purpose of the myth?
4.  Who (or what) are the major characters in this myth?
5.  Summarize the myth.
6.  What is the message in this myth?
7.  What does this myth explain?
8.  What does this myth reveal about the people who created it?

PHOTOGRAPH ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:
Select a photograph that relates to the time frame and topic of your history course.  You may use
textbook photos as well as other resources.
Step 1.  Observation
 A.  Study the photograph for two minutes.  Form an overall impression of the photograph
  and then examine individual items.  Next, divide the photo into quadrants and
  study each section to see what new details become visible.
 B.  Describe any people in the photo.
 C.  Describe any objects in the photo.
 D.  Describe any activities being illustrated in the photo.

Step 2.  Inference
 A.  What did you learn from this photo?
 B.  What questions does this photo raise in your mind?
 C.  What did this photo provide that reading or lecture would not have provided?
 D.  Is this "picture worth a thousand words"?  Explain.

POSTER ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:
Locate a poster that relates to the time frame and topic of your course.  You may use posters
printed in the textbook or from other resources.
1.  What is the title of the poster?  If necessary, create a title and explain.
2.  What are the main colors used in the poster?
3.  What symbols (if any) are used in the poster?  If symbols are used, explain their use.
4.  Is the message of the poster primarily visual, verbal, or both?  Explain.
5.  Who do you think is the intended audience for this poster?  Why do you think this?
6.   What does the maker of this poster hope to accomplish?
7.  In your opinion, is this an effective poster?  Explain.

SONG ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:
Students may participate in the exercise OR complete the worksheet but NOT BOTH.
1.  Name of Song
2.  What time in history was this song used as an example?
3.  In a paragraph, describe the song.
4.  In another paragraph, explain what this song  said about life during the time it was first
 performed?
5.  Originally, who performed this song?
6.  Who performed this song in class?  You do not have to name everyone, but try to make
 some generalizations about students who were interested in performing this piece.
7.  How well did the performance in class reflect the meaning and feelings of this song?
 

SOUND RECORDING ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:
Select any sound recording that relates to the time frame and topic of your course.
Step 1:  Pre-listening
 A.  Who will you hear on this sound recording?
 B.  What is the title of the recording?
 C.  When was this recording made originally?
 D.  How did you obtain the recording?
Step 2:  Listening
 A.  What type of sound recording is it?  (speech, news report, interview, entertainment,
      music, panel discussion, etc.)
 B.  Is there anything unique or unusual about the recording such as background noise,
  special sound effects, narration, background music, etc.?
 C.  What is the tone or mood of this recording?
Step 3:  Post-Listening
 A.  List three things in this sound recording that you think are important.
 B.  Why do you think this recording was made and for what audience?
 C.  List two things this sound recording tells you about life in the country that it was
  produced.
 D.  Write a question you have about this sound recording.

WAR ANALYSIS WORKSHEET:
Use the following worksheet to assist in understanding the causes, major events, and results of
wars studied in your history course.
1.  Which war?
2.  What were the causes of this war?
3.  Who were the individuals who were responsible for leading the war effort?
4.  Was there one event that ignited the war?  If so, explain.
5.  What other major events proceeded the war?
6.  When did the war begin and end?
7.  Who were the opposing forces in the war?
8.  Who were the military leaders in the war?
9.  Who provided soldiers for the war?
10.  What did women do during the war?
11.  What were the major battles of the war?
12.  Who won the war and why?
13.  What were the other results of the war?
14.  Had you been around at the time, who would you have supported in the war?