Topics for Internally Assessed Coursework

What is the History Internal Assessment?

A historical investigation consisting of a written account of between 1,500 and 2,000 words, divided into six sections: a plan of the investigation, a summary of evidence, an evaluation of sources, an analysis, a conclusion, and a list of sources (works cited). The investigation must be a written piece and should be the work of the individual student. Group work is not permitted.

Every student must produce a written account consisting of the following six sections:

The IA Sections - Descriptions, Markbands and Examples

Section A - Plan of the investigation (3 marks)

Students should:• state the topic of the investigation, which should be formulated as a question• define the scope of the investigation• explain the method of the investigation.
Plan of Investigation Details

Section B - Summary of evidence (6 marks)

This section should consist of factual material that is:
• drawn from sources that are appropriate for the investigation• correctly and consistently referenced• organised thematically or chronologically.

VIDEO: Summary of Evidence Details

For more about the MLA format, visit this site, Summary of Evidence.

Section C - Evaluation of sources (5 marks)

This section should consist of:
• a critical evaluation of two important sources appropriate to the investigation
• explicit reference to the origin, purpose, value and limitation of the selected sources.

VIDEO: Evaluation of Sources Details

Section D - Analysis (6 marks)

This section should consist of:
• an analysis that breaks down complex issues in order to bring out the essential elements, any underlying assumptions and any interrelationships involved• an understanding of the issue in its historical context• a critical examination of the factual material presented in section B• an awareness of the significance of the sources used, especially those evaluated in section C• a consideration of different interpretations of evidence, where appropriate.

VIDEO:Analysis Details

Section E - Conclusion (2 marks)

The conclusion must be clearly stated, consistent with the evidence presented and relevant to the researchquestion.

Conclusion Details

Section F - List of sources (3 marks)

A list of sources (Works Cited) and all citations, using the MLA style must be included; any illustrations, documents, or other supporting evidence should be included in an appendix. None of these will form part of the word count. The word count for the investigation must be clearly and accurately stated on the title page.

Works Cited Details

For more about the MLA format, visit this site, Summary of Evidence.

Total: 1,500–2,000 words
25 marks

Helpful Reading and Resources

The Perdue OWL MLA Formatting and Style Guide
Citation Machine (MLA page)

For more about the MLA format, visit this site, Summary of Evidence.

From OSC IB Blogs: History

OSC Blogs: Internal Assessment: how to develop an effective research question
OSC Blogs: Plan of investigation – part II: scope and method of the investigation
OSC IB Blogs: Internal Assessment Parts B (Summary of Evidence) and D (Analysis)
OSC Blogs: The Internal Assessment: Parts E (Conclusion) and F (Source list and word count) and its general presentation

Historical Research Guidline A Short Guide to Writing About History by Richard Marius (pdf file)

Internal Assessment Title Page (Example) (pdf file)

Sample History Research Paper (unedited) (pdf file)

from another history teacher

Historical Investigation- HOW TO PLAN YOUR IA

by Anindita Singh on 4 June 2013