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National History Day
Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events
Adapted by the Wisconsin Historical Society from
2012 National History Day Theme Sheet
What is History Day
National History Day
National History Day 1
National History Day 2
Turning Points
A point at which a decisive change takes place.
An idea, event, action, or person that caused
 change.
Can be purposeful or indirect.
Can be social, cultural, political, or economic
Can be local, national or international
Can create large scale change or small
IN HISTORY
Look  at topics that took place in the past,
 not current events. To create a good
 project, you need to look at the impact
 the topic had over time. In looking at
 current events, we don’t yet know the
 long-term impact. As a general rule of
 thumb, you should try to look for topics
 that took place at least 20 years ago.
Sample Topic: Rosa Parks and the Civil
  Right Movement

Turning Point: When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the
Montgomery bus in 1955, she set off a chain of events leading to the
boycott of the Montgomery buses.


Change created: This led to a Supreme Court decision in 1956
declaring the segregation of the buses as Unconstitutional. This
decision required all Montgomery buses to be integrated.

Looking further: If choosing this topic you could also explore how
this event affected the entire Civil Rights Movement.
Narrowing the Topic
In order to have a
 clear thesis to your
 project, it is
 important to narrow
 your topic. You can
 start with the
 broadest of areas
 involving revolution,
 reaction, and
 reforms and narrow
 until you have a clear
 thesis.
Topic Selection: There are thousands of
topics to select from. Be sure to
choose a topic that…
1. Interests you
2. Relates to the theme
3. Has a narrowed focus
Let’s look at some topics…
Group Work
You will be working with a group of 2-3 people.

How do I choose a group?
Advantages to working at a group
You  can improve collaborative skills
You can make decisions together
You can share the work load
You can draw on one another’s strengths
 and talents
Disadvantages of working as a
group
You may have scheduling difficulties
You may have differences of opinion
You may have differences in work ethics
You will have increased communication
 demands

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National history day

  • 1. National History Day Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events Adapted by the Wisconsin Historical Society from 2012 National History Day Theme Sheet
  • 2. What is History Day National History Day National History Day 1 National History Day 2
  • 3. Turning Points A point at which a decisive change takes place. An idea, event, action, or person that caused change. Can be purposeful or indirect. Can be social, cultural, political, or economic Can be local, national or international Can create large scale change or small
  • 4. IN HISTORY Look at topics that took place in the past, not current events. To create a good project, you need to look at the impact the topic had over time. In looking at current events, we don’t yet know the long-term impact. As a general rule of thumb, you should try to look for topics that took place at least 20 years ago.
  • 5. Sample Topic: Rosa Parks and the Civil Right Movement Turning Point: When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the Montgomery bus in 1955, she set off a chain of events leading to the boycott of the Montgomery buses. Change created: This led to a Supreme Court decision in 1956 declaring the segregation of the buses as Unconstitutional. This decision required all Montgomery buses to be integrated. Looking further: If choosing this topic you could also explore how this event affected the entire Civil Rights Movement.
  • 6. Narrowing the Topic In order to have a clear thesis to your project, it is important to narrow your topic. You can start with the broadest of areas involving revolution, reaction, and reforms and narrow until you have a clear thesis.
  • 7. Topic Selection: There are thousands of topics to select from. Be sure to choose a topic that… 1. Interests you 2. Relates to the theme 3. Has a narrowed focus
  • 8. Let’s look at some topics…
  • 9. Group Work You will be working with a group of 2-3 people. How do I choose a group?
  • 10. Advantages to working at a group You can improve collaborative skills You can make decisions together You can share the work load You can draw on one another’s strengths and talents
  • 11. Disadvantages of working as a group You may have scheduling difficulties You may have differences of opinion You may have differences in work ethics You will have increased communication demands