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Building a National History Day Project Using the Library of Congress"


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This presentation provides an introduction to the National History Day program in Tennessee and was prepared for use in joint workshops with the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources in Tennessee program.

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Building a National History Day Project Using the Library of Congress"

  1. 1. Building A National History Day Project Using the Library of Congress October 6, 2010 Baylor School Chattanooga Presented by Kelly Wilkerson of the Tennessee Historical Society and Kira Duke of the Center for Historic Preservation at MTSU
  2. 2. Video <ul><li>Introduction to National History Day </li></ul>
  3. 3. Today’s Workshop <ul><li>Defining National History Day </li></ul><ul><li>Using the Library of Congress website </li></ul><ul><li>Lunch </li></ul><ul><li>NHD Theme discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Library of Congress research activity </li></ul><ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Creating Young Historians <ul><li>History Day leads students to actively do history rather than passively learn history. </li></ul><ul><li>“ True historical understanding requires students to engage in historical thinking; to raise questions and to marshal solid evidence; to go beyond the facts presented in their textbooks and examine the historical record themselves ” </li></ul><ul><li>National Standards for History </li></ul><ul><li>National Center for History in the Schools </li></ul>
  5. 5. Sample Documentary <ul><li>Nashville Sit Ins: An Innovation in Nonviolent Demonstration </li></ul><ul><li>Project won 1 st at district, 2nd at state </li></ul><ul><li>Project is impressive, but know that with a little experience, your students will be producing projects like this too! </li></ul>
  6. 6. What is History Day? <ul><li>It is a year long history education program for students in grades 6-12 that focuses on project-based learning . </li></ul><ul><li>Provides an opportunity for students to learn history by engaging in hands on historical research on a topic in which they are interested. </li></ul><ul><li>Can be any topic in world, national, state, or local history. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Why History Day? <ul><li>History Day is a great inter-disciplinary program. </li></ul><ul><li>Students learn by doing. </li></ul><ul><li>Would you teach a chemistry class without having the students do experiments? </li></ul><ul><li>History Day is your lab component for your history or social studies class. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Why History Day? <ul><li>Gives students control of their learning. They pick their topic! </li></ul><ul><li>Students who participate in History Day have better test scores and gain skills they’ll need in college or in joining the workforce. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Fabulous learning opportunities <ul><li>History Day teaches higher order thinking skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Meets TN Dept. of Education Social Studies process standards: 1) Acquiring Information 2) Analysis of data and problem solving 3) Communication 4) Historical Awareness. </li></ul>
  10. 10. How do students present findings? <ul><li>There are 5 categories. </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibits </li></ul><ul><li>Performance </li></ul><ul><li>Website </li></ul><ul><li>Documentary </li></ul><ul><li>Research Paper (individuals only) </li></ul><ul><li>Students may work individually or in groups of 2-5. </li></ul><ul><li>Research paper category is the exception. </li></ul>
  11. 11. How do students participate? <ul><li>Students enter either the Junior (Grades 6-8) or Senior (Grades 9-12) division. </li></ul><ul><li>Students then compete at local, district, state, and national competitions. </li></ul>
  12. 12. History Day Theme <ul><li>Each year NHD selects a theme </li></ul>
  13. 13. Tennessee student presenting documentary for judges at NHD
  14. 14. History Day Exhibits
  15. 15. More exhibits
  16. 17. How do I get started? <ul><li>Remember…You are the Boss! </li></ul><ul><li>You make this program work for you! </li></ul><ul><li>Consider starting small with the size program that works for you. Consider… </li></ul><ul><li>… limiting categories </li></ul><ul><li>… limiting topics </li></ul><ul><li> … limiting group size </li></ul><ul><li> … making the competition an optional </li></ul><ul><li>component. </li></ul>
  17. 18. History Day in the Classroom <ul><li>Teachers across the country have implemented NHD in a variety of ways </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Semester or yearlong programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Entire classes or small groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>History Clubs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Required class project or extra credit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enrichment programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual teacher or team teaching approach </li></ul></ul>
  18. 19. Next Steps <ul><li>Review NHD theme book </li></ul><ul><li>Consider sample topics </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce the theme to your class </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t forget the Step by Step teacher handbook and the THD and NHD websites. </li></ul>
  19. 20. Teacher Handbook <ul><li>Step by step guide to doing History Day in your classroom </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Timeline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information on how to register </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating a project worksheets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Primary Sources!!! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Process paper and annotated bibliography </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Category Rules </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sample Judge comment sheets </li></ul></ul>
  20. 21. Websites <ul><li>The THD and NHD websites feature a wealth of information for teachers and students. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  21. 22. Contests <ul><li>All students must participate in a district competition before advancing to state. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers and schools are limited on the number of entries they can submit in each district. Online registration is required for each teacher and student participating at district level. </li></ul>
  22. 23. Contest Sites <ul><li>District competitions are held at Memphis, Murfreesboro, Knoxville, Chattanooga </li></ul><ul><li>The state competition is held in Nashville at Legislative Plaza </li></ul>
  23. 24. Southeast TN District <ul><li>Southeast TN contest is held at UTC & sponsored by the Department of History- March 5, 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Register online after January 1 at </li></ul><ul><li>Registration limits do apply. </li></ul>
  24. 25. Sample Project Activity <ul><li>Performance on the Salem Witch Trials </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibit on Rosie the Riveter </li></ul><ul><li>Website on Code Talkers </li></ul><ul><li>Documentary on the Polio Vaccine </li></ul><ul><li>Documentary on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire </li></ul><ul><li>See handbook for evaluation sheets. </li></ul>
  25. 26. Process Paper & Annotated Bibliography <ul><li>The process paper and annotated bibliography is a critical component of the project. </li></ul><ul><li>Most judges will evaluate this component of the project first. </li></ul><ul><li>The process paper describes how the student went about their research and what conclusions they came to. </li></ul>
  26. 27. Tips for Teachers <ul><li>Documentary and exhibit are most popular categories </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer participants enter the performance and website categories </li></ul><ul><li>Students can never have enough primary sources…it is important, however, that they NOT rely just on photographs </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure projects have a clear thesis </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare the students for the judging process </li></ul><ul><li>If students are creating websites, be SURE they create them in the NHD Weebly editor </li></ul>
  27. 28. Students at National Competition College Park, Maryland
  28. 29. <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>
  29. 30. Thank you! <ul><li>Thank you for attending! We look forward to seeing you at future History Day activities! </li></ul><ul><li>For more information, visit our website at </li></ul><ul><li>Questions? Contact Kelly Wilkerson, State Coordinator for Tennessee History Day at 615-741-8934 or via email at [email_address] . </li></ul>