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Research Project 1 (15.5%)


In the content and readings and viewings, I have told you exactly what I want. For research project 1, I want you to pick something that interests you!

You will profile a weapon from prehistory to the early 1900s, and you will address the development, use, and importance of this weapon.

You’ll write a paper of 4-5 pages (including citations and works cited) or do an 8 to 10 minute VIDEO lecture (be sure to see my guidelines). 

You should have at least four (4) strong sources (1 from the library) and a minimum of six (6) citations.

Possible Topics

If you’re at a loss for topics, here are some starting points. Please note that for some of these, you’ll have to narrow down the scope by location or timeframe. For example, you cannot effectively discuss Chinese and European crossbows for this project, so choose one region.

Prehistory (? to 4000s BCE)

  • Bow and arrow
  • Flint
  • Ancient spears
  • Atlatl
  • Chariot

Ancient (4000s BCE to 400s CE)

  • Composite bow
  • Bronze armour
  • Chariot
  • Siege engines
  • Gladius

Medieval (400s to 1400s)

  • Steel armour
  • Crossbow
  • Cog
  • Greek fire
  • Bombard

Renaissance and Early Modern (1400s to 1800s)

  • Musket
  • Cannon
  • Galleon
  • Trace italienne
  • Flintlock

Nineteenth Century (1815 to 1914)

  • Rifles
  • Ironclad ships
  • Exploding shells
  • Torpedo
  • Dreadnought


Key Points

Here are the key requirements for this project. Please note that any projects that don’t meet this bare minimum will lose many marks (see the rubric below).

  • Length: 1000 to 1250 words (including citations and works cited) or an 8 to 10 minute lecture
  • Clear argument that has
    • A thesis in your introduction
    • Paragraphs on
      • Development: Who developed it and how?
      • Use: How was it used in battle?
      • Importance: What effect did it have on wars or how militaries fought?
    • Analysis of evidence
  • Strong research and citation
    • At least 4 high-quality sources, and 1 from the library
    • At least 6 in-text citations according to a common standard (e.g. APA, MLA, or Chicago)
    • Citations used correctly
  • Professional writing/presentation, proofreading, and formatting
    • Formal writing or strong presentation skills
    • Free of basic mistakes
    • Correct formatting for papers/presentations (see below)
  • Strong organization
    • Good introduction with broad opening, preview of main points, then thesis
    • Strongly structured main body sections and paragraphs
    • Conclusion that recaps the key points and thesis

Resources and Guides

Please be sure to review the Research Project Rubric Breakdown, Process for a Research Project, and Using Word for APA Citation while you work on this project.

Also, if you want to do a presentation, please be sure to consult Presentation Expectations and Partial Exemplar.


Here are some templates and checklists to assist you. Simply download them and fill them with your information, and change the colour of the text.

APA Essay Template and Checklist

Presentation Template and Checklist

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