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An introducation to NHD in Minnesota for teachers.

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Program Overview

  1. 1. National History Day Program Overview
  2. 2. Participation • Junior Division – 6th - 8th Grade • Senior Division – 9th - 12th Grade • Students can work individually or collaboratively in groups of 2-5.
  3. 3. Classroom Implementation National History Day offers flexibility to fit any classroom: • Full classroom implementation • Elected pull-out program (gifted & talented) • After-school activity
  4. 4. Annual Theme • 2011: Debate and Diplomacy in History • 2012: Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History • 2013: Turning Points in History • 2014: Geography in History • 2015: Rights & Responsibilities in History
  5. 5. Topic Selection • World History • American History • State History • Local History • Family History • The only requirement is that students identify their topic’s relationship to the theme
  6. 6. In-depth Research • Students are encouraged to explore their community resources as a means to discover their topic. – Local Libraries – University Libraries – Archives – Historic Sites – Witnesses
  7. 7. Presentation • Historical Paper (individual only) • Exhibit • Documentary • Performance • Website • All categories are required to submit an annotated bibliography of sources used during the development of their project
  8. 8. Historical Papers A written demonstration of history based on the most traditional form of historical presentation: authorship
  9. 9. Exhibits A visual presentation of history based on the work of museum curators and exhibit designers
  10. 10. Documentaries A multi-media presentation modeled after the work of directors like Ken Burns
  11. 11. Performances A live presentation modeled after living history interpreters
  12. 12. Websites A computer-based project modeled after the presentation of history on the World Wide Web
  13. 13. The Contest Regional Events: Defined by ECSU boundaries, contests occur throughout the month of March State Event: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities May 1, 2011 National Event: Univ. of MD, College Park June, 2011 School Events: Take place in individual schools, organized by a lead teacher or coordinator—generally occur in February
  14. 14. Assessment • At NHD events, students present before a panel of judges who are asked to assess: – Historical Quality – Relationship to the Theme – Clarity of Presentation • Students receive feedback from judges on their work following each event • Those who advance in the competition are highly encouraged to revisit and revise their work
  15. 15. Historical Quality
  16. 16. Relationship to Theme
  17. 17. Clarity of Presentation (Paper Sample)
  18. 18. Student Benefits • Skill development in: – Research/Reading – Analysis – Drawing Conclusions – Writing – Presentation – Communication – Collaboration – Understanding Historical Context/Perspective • Scholarships • College/Workplace preparation • A greater sense of connection to history and community
  19. 19. Teacher Services • Curriculum materials – Curriculum videos – Sample project videos – Theme materials • Program-based workshops – Introductory sessions – Advanced category-based training – Mentor assistance – National summer institutes • On-Line Tools – Master Teacher Network http://www.mnhs.org/school/historyday/masterteacher/index.htm – Sample topic ideas & Research links http://www.mnhs.org/school/historyday/program/relatedwebsites_2.htm
  20. 20. Teacher Services (cont) • Assistance from the State NHD office – History Day Hotline – History Center Library Help Desk – Classroom visits – Staff assistance via phone and e-mail • Library visits • Free sticky stuff
  21. 21. Teacher Benefits An innovative teaching tool that… • Meets state standards • Encompasses several skill sets • Encourages cross-curricular collaboration • Inspires and motivates young people • Fosters opportunities to participate in teacher training • Recognizes superior teaching at State and National events
  22. 22. Getting Started… • Visit www.mnhs.org/historyday – Request Information • An information request will generate a basic packet of materials, but does not commit you to active participation. – Enroll as an active teacher • Enrolling indicates that you would like to receive program mailings, intend to participate with students, and are interested in staff assistance. • If you are interested in classroom visits and/or participating in the contest, you must enroll.
  23. 23. Contest Participation • Participation Survey – A participation survey will be sent to enrolled teachers in January requesting the total number of projects participating in each category per school. – Teachers interested in entering projects in the contest must submit a completed survey in order to receive registration information.

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