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  1. National History Day

  2. Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events, Choose a topic that fits the theme

  3. 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:

  4. 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?

  5. Gather Information and READ about it

  6. Start with Secondary Sources • Used to get an overview of topic • Encyclopedias • Textbooks • Biographies

  7. Use Primary Sources to Support Your Thesis • First-hand accounts • Letters • Journals • Photos • Speeches • Documents • Court records • Interviews

  8. 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

  9. Avoid Doing a Biography or a Narrative of Events!!Think Context, Analysis and Selectivity

  10. ANALYSIS Move beyond the who, what, where, when questions. Ask why and how questions.

  11. Context • Investigate events and people surrounding your topic.

  12. 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.

  13. Do I work alone or with a group?

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. Support Share work Share costs Share fun Someone is: Too busy Too bossy Too lazy Too playful Too disorganized GroupPros Cons

  17. Most Groups Are Successful

  18. 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?

  19. Types of Projects

  20. 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)

  21. Display Board • Most popular • Can be costly and bulky • 500 of your own words How to Make a Great HD Exhibit on HD website

  22. Individual Research Paper • No partners • 2500 words • Includes an appendix • See me for examples and handout

  23. 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

  24. Performance • Be prepared to perform in public • Need a script • Need costumes and props • 10 minutes • How to Create Great Performances on HD website

  25. Website • An electronic research paper • 2500 of your own words • Images and video clips • No outside links • No advertisements on pages • Must use Weebly

  26. Annotated Bibliography • See HD website for instructions

  27. Competitions • School - January • District – February • State – March/April • National - June

  28. Research Collection • Note cards ( about 100) – Use key words and phrases only. Follow questions on worksheet. • Using Google docs and BibMe

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. ADVICE TO STUDENTS • PLAN AHEAD • START EARLY • KEEP ORGANIZED! • WORK AT LEAST 2-3 HOURS A WEEK

  32. 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.

  33. Thank you for attending this evening.