Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events, Choose a topic that fits the theme
American history Hawaiian history World history European history Sports history Music history Science history Military history Asian history African American history Women’s history Labor history Art history Topics – Choose something you are interested in:
Topics must fit the theme Consider: • Is the topic historically important? • Did the person or event change or influence attitudes or change society? • Does the issue have both a positive and negative side? • How was it perceived by others?
Gather Information and READ about it
Start with Secondary Sources • Used to get an overview of topic • Encyclopedias • Textbooks • Biographies
Use Primary Sources to Support Your Thesis • First-hand accounts • Letters • Journals • Photos • Speeches • Documents • Court records • Interviews
How to Use the Sources • After you select a topic or to find one,read through lots of secondary sources • Check bibliographies • Find lots of primary sources
Avoid Doing a Biography or a Narrative of Events!!Think Context, Analysis and Selectivity
ANALYSIS Move beyond the who, what, where, when questions. Ask why and how questions.
Context • Investigate events and people surrounding your topic.
Create a Thesis Statement • The thesis explains how the topic relates to this year’s theme - time and place, cause and effect, change over time, and impact and significance - by drawing conclusions about how the topic affected individuals, communities, nations or the world.
Choosing Groups and Formats in October • OK for a student to change topic if working in a group. • Look at research and decide on a format that fits.
Make your own decisions Make your own schedule Saves time Fewer distractions You are responsible for every part of the project. No group support No one to bounce ideas off of Alone Pros Cons
Support Share work Share costs Share fun Someone is: Too busy Too bossy Too lazy Too playful Too disorganized GroupPros Cons
When choosing a group consider: • Is someone going on vacation you need to know about? Moving? • Can you get together on weekends or breaks? • Does your partner turn in quality work on time in other classes?
History Day Formats:(Competition only) • Display board (1-3 people) • Media Documentary (1-3 people) • Performance (1-3 people) • Individual Research Paper • Website (1-3 people)
Display Board • Most popular • Can be costly and bulky • 500 of your own words How to Make a Great HD Exhibit on HD website
Individual Research Paper • No partners • 2500 words • Includes an appendix • See me for examples and handout
Media Documentary • Need equipment: video camera, sound, video editing software, tripod • Need to create a storyboard • No performances • 10 minutes • How to Make Great Media Documentaries on HD website
Performance • Be prepared to perform in public • Need a script • Need costumes and props • 10 minutes • How to Create Great Performances on HD website
Website • An electronic research paper • 2500 of your own words • Images and video clips • No outside links • No advertisements on pages • Must use Weebly
Annotated Bibliography • See HD website for instructions
Competitions • School - January • District – February • State – March/April • National - June
Research Collection • Note cards ( about 100) – Use key words and phrases only. Follow questions on worksheet. • Using Google docs and BibMe
Informational Packet Includes:(For Competition only) • Title Page • Process Paper– 500 words (only for students going on) • Annotated Bibliography • Needed for all projects except Individual Research Paper
Timeline • August – Overview of project • September and October – Topic selection, research, form groups • November – continue research collection, thesis statement, select format of project, • December– assemble project, submit bibliography • January – Project due to teacher, school History Day event
ADVICE TO STUDENTS • PLAN AHEAD • START EARLY • KEEP ORGANIZED! • WORK AT LEAST 2-3 HOURS A WEEK
ADVICE TO PARENTS • Check deadlines • Discuss topic. Ask “why” questions • Check their work and help edit • Give feedback • Provide transportation to libraries and competitions • Don’t do the work for them.
Thank you for attending this evening.