2 Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events, Choose a topic that fits the theme
3 Topics – Choose something you are interested in: American historyHawaiian historyWorld historyEuropean historySports historyMusic historyScience historyMilitary historyAsian historyAfrican American historyWomen’s historyLabor historyArt history
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?
6 Start with Secondary Sources Used to get an overview of topicEncyclopediasTextbooksBiographies
7 Use Primary Sources to Support Your Thesis First-hand accountsLettersJournalsPhotosSpeechesDocumentsCourt recordsInterviews
8 How to Use the SourcesAfter you select a topic or to find one,read through lots of secondary sourcesCheck bibliographiesFind lots of primary sources
9 Avoid Doing a Biography or a Narrative of Events 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 ContextInvestigate 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.
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?
20 History Day Formats: (Competition only) Display board (1-3 people)Media Documentary (1-3 people)Performance (1-3 people)Individual Research PaperWebsite (1-3 people)
21 Display Board Most popular Can be costly and bulky 500 of your own wordsHow to Make a Great HD Exhibit on HD website
22 Individual Research Paper No partners2500 wordsIncludes an appendixSee me for examples and handout
23 Media DocumentaryNeed equipment: video camera, sound, video editing software, tripodNeed to create a storyboardNo performances10 minutesHow to Make Great Media Documentaries on HD website
24 Performance Be prepared to perform in public Need a script Need costumes and props10 minutesHow to Create Great Performances on HD website
25 Website An electronic research paper 2500 of your own words Images and video clipsNo outside linksNo advertisements on pagesMust use Weebly
26 Annotated Bibliography See HD website for instructions
27 Competitions School - January District – February State – March/April National - June
28 Research CollectionNote 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 PageProcess Paper– 500 words (only for students going on)Annotated BibliographyNeeded for all projects except Individual Research Paper
30 Timeline August – Overview of project September and October – Topic selection, research, form groupsNovember – continue research collection, thesis statement, select format of project,December– assemble project, submit bibliographyJanuary – 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 editGive feedbackProvide transportation to libraries and competitionsDon’t do the work for them.