National History Day in Washington Lauren Danner Washington State Historical Society
Agenda The Context: Washington History Day: The Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How The Meat-and-Potatoes Bit: Sample Projects and Student Stories The Point of It All: History Day Meets Educational Goals and Builds Critical Intellectual and Life Skills Getting Started
The Context:What is History Day?
The Context:How Does History Day Work? Pick a historical topic related to an annual theme: 2010: Innovation in History: Impact and Change 2009: The Individual in History: Actions and Legacies 2008: Conflict and Compromise in History 2007: Triumph and Tragedy in History 2006: Taking a Stand in History: People, Ideas, Events Research using primary and secondary sources
The Context:How Does History Day Work? Students then: Analyze their findings and draw conclusions about their topic’s significance in history Create projects that shares their research and findings: Historical Paper Exhibit Documentary Performance Web Site
The Context:How Does History Day Work? Students can: Enter their projects in a series of competitions, from local to the national level, in one of two divisions: Junior - Grades 6-8 Senior - Grades 9-12
The Context:History Day Judging History Day Judges: Are historians, educators, and professionals from related fields Judge based on three criteria: Historical Quality 60% Clarity of Presentation 20% Adherence to Theme 20% Ensure that students follow the rules
The Meat-and-Potatoes Bit:What Are students creating?
The Point of It AllWhy Should I Do History Day? National History Day: Provides teachers with an assessment tool that engages students in history and makes them excited about learning. Can give students a new experience with their learning Gives a context for the study of history in students’ lives
The Point of It AllWhy Should I Do History Day? National History Day: Meets Washington State GLEs in Social Studies, History, Writing and Communication Can fulfill CBAs in social studies, civics and more Gives the possibility of awards at the regional, state, and national levels Showcases student achievement to the larger community
The Point of It All:How Does History Day Benefit Students? NHD Builds Academic and Life Skills Communication – both oral and written Critical Thinking - allows for historic interpretation, not repetition Problem-Solving Research - builds understanding and use of primary and secondary sources Organization – develops time and resource management ability Teamwork
The Point of It All:How Does History Day Benefit Students? Authentic Assessment Focuses on the student’s ability to use analytical skills in the application and integration of content. Demonstrates their learning in a way that is more meaningful to the learner than a simple paper and pencil test. Enables students to demonstrate their learning through the performance of a real-world task.
Real students, real stories Anthony Zendejas placed fourth at the state contest with his performance on the Bataan Death March. A Japanese-American reconciliation group heard about his project and asked to post his script on its website. The Bataan Death March Survivors’ Group saw the script and asked Anthony to perform at their annual meeting in 2006. And 2007. And 2008. In 2009, Anthony performed at the last meeting of the group; there aren’t enough survivors left to continue. At the meeting, he saw a Japanese diplomat issue a formal apology to the veterans for the Bataan Death March. Anthony gathered more than 500 letters of support to send to veterans of the march, and continues to be involved with veterans issue today.
Real students, real stories Nathan Maris created a History Day documentary titled The Battle of Wake Island: Conflict and Compromise of the Marine Credo He placed second at state and went to nationals, where he won the Marine Corps History Special Prize Nathan was honored at the Marine Corps annual gala in Washington, DC, later that year. Last year, his documentary on geologist J. Harlen Bretz placed 11th in the nation
Real students, real stories Rebecca Smith was an introverted 8th-grader when she began her first History Day project, a paper on Wenatchee World founder Rufus Woods Using extensive primary sources gleaned from libraries and archives, Rebecca showed how Woods used the newpaper to promote building the Grand Coulee dam, setting the stage for agriculture in Eastern Washington. As a sophomore, her paper on Big Hugh Bennett and the Soil Conservation Service won the gold medal at nationals. This summer, she headed east to study history at Yale.
Getting Started:Choose a Strategy Can take place in one classroom Can be shared between two or more social studies teachers An interdisciplinary teaching team (Social Studies, Language Arts, Art, etc.) can be developed to make History Day a seamless part of your curriculum
Getting Started:History Day Calendar October/November Begin initial lessons Research techniques Sources Defining the program Exploration of Theme
Getting Started:History Day Calendar End of November Narrow topics to specific people, events, etc. Innovation in History Theme General Interest Broad Topic Narrow Topic Civil Rights American South, 1950s Nonviolent Protest
Getting Started:History Day Calendar December Provide students with guided research activities, including note taking and annotated bibliography lessons Select a project category Conduct in-depth research with primary sources
Getting Started:History Day Calendar January -February Build Write Edit Act Bleed Sweat Cry
Getting Started:History Day Calendar February Complete projects Complete process papers Hold class, school or district competitions Register for regional competition
Getting Started:History Day Calendar February - March Regional Competitions Late April/Early May State Competition Puget Sound area June National Competition College Park, MD
Getting Started:Where to Begin Start with what kids need to know Let them do the research after developing the questions Begin a classroom pattern of student inquiry
Getting Started:Teacher Handbook and online resources Washington History Day Teacher Handbook and online resources provide what you need to get started: Worksheets Research Organizers Bibliography Sheets Constructing the Project Evaluation Rubrics
Getting Started:Toolkit Lesson Example Lesson: Introducing History Day Count off by five Assemble in your groups, and send someone up to the front to get the goods Read your section of the Rule Book, making sure you highlight main ideas Create an informative poster about the main ideas you have identified Present your poster to the group
Getting Started:A Review: 5 Steps to Success Introduce History Day Help students choose topics Mentor their research and analysis Guide them as they create projects Evaluate their work
Getting Started:Teacher Resources
Getting Started:Teacher Resources National History Day Published Resources Annual Theme Book Contest Rule Book Making History Set - available for order online at www.nhd.org
Getting Started:Online Resources
The End Questions and Answers See you at Washington History Day!