Wolf Expedition Home Base
The first step in learning is to
become engaged in a real question. The quality of what we learn is limited
by the quality of the questions we ask. It's hard to get important answers
if we don't ask important questions.
Step 1: Enter the Topic
Step 2: Develop Preliminary
Once we have a question, we
may find answers by listening to the historical record. The historical
record includes every trace that survives from the past, so "listening"
should be broadly understood to include all the ways we can gather
knowledge that has already been constructed by other scholars, artists,
and scientists. We may visit the library, interview an expert, examine a
historical photograph, study an artifact, tour a site, read a text, look
at a painting, listen to music.
Step 3: Report and Discuss
Step 4: Do Background Reading
When we set out beyond the edge
of what is known, we become explorers. As researchers, we explore by
forming new questions, developing hypotheses to test, and gathering
information that has not yet been gathered.
Step 5: Discuss a Plan
Step 6: Write a Research Proposal
Step 7: Get Started: Visit an
We gather information through
experience, including observing and reading. Then we make sense of that
information and fit it into what we already know by reflecting upon it.
Sometimes this leads us to change what we already "know."
Step 8: Clarify Possible Themes
or Theses for your Work
Step 9: Plan your Final Product
Stage Five: TRANSFORM
When you write history, you make
history. History is not something that is "owned" by
professional historians. History is a public conversation about the past
and what it means. As in any significant conversation, it's important to be honest,
to be generous, to be thoughtful, and to be clear.
Create your Final Presentation
A Note to