Student Introduction to National History Day in Ohio

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A template outreach presentation to students for National History Day in Ohio

A template outreach presentation to students for National History Day in Ohio

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  • Introduce yourself,  and why you work in the history field or why you love history.
  • This may be a good time to ask students to define history.  Explain that history is not just the past, but the understanding or interpretation of the past, which means that someone has to research the information and put together a narrative.  You can ask things like: "Does your text book tell the entire story of history?"  You can come back around to this idea of interpreting history when you talk about the types of projects.
  • Graphically represent the change of topics
  • Show how it is a good topic connected to theme and model
  • Ask students what they see going on in this source through pure observation.  How do they know what this source is about?  What else would they like to know?  How could you get more information?  What  is the historical context (the fight for women's suffrage)
  • There are three elements to a successful History Day thesis statement- key facts that identify your topic, how it relates to the theme, and why it is important in history.
  • Checklist of things to look for in a sample