What is National History Day?
National History Day is an historical research project. Students must select and research a topic that fits this year’s theme, “Taking a Stand in History.” They will create a project in which to display their research (Exhibit Board, Website, Documentary, Performance, or Historical Paper). During our local competition, students’ projects will be judged by local community members. The top projects will then move on to compete at a regional competition later in the school year.
What are the National History Day Requirements?
- Throughout the first semester, students will select and research an historical topic that fits this year’s theme: “Taking a Stand in History.”
- Students will be required to meet benchmark deadlines throughout the first semester. This ensures that students are making adequate progress on the project.
- On National History Day, each student will turn in the following items to the Tyrone Area High School/Middle School Library or Middle School LGI before they go to their advisory classroom….(LATE PROJECTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED)
1. Their finished project
2. 1 copy of their process paper (with title page)
3. 1 copy of their annotated bibliography
What are the steps to complete a National History Day project?
Step 1: Select a topic and create a thesis
- The topic must fit this year’s National History Day theme which is: “Taking a Stand in History”
- Students should pick a topic of interest.
- Students should be able to find research about their topic. (The topic must have occurred at least 25 years ago.)
- Students must decide if they are working alone or with a group.
IF A STUDENT IS WORKING WITH A PARTNER, THE PARTNERS RECEIVE THE SAME GRADE ON SOME REQUIREMENTS, INCLUDING THE FINAL PROJECT REGARDLESS OF HOW MUCH WORK EACH STUDENT COMPLETES. STUDENTS SHOULD SELECT THEIR PARTNER WITH CAUTION!!
- Students must create a thesis, or judgment about their topic. They will use their research and presentation to prove their thesis.
Step 2: Conduct Research
- Students will conduct research that supports their thesis about their topic.
- Students must have at least 15 sources (7th grade) and 20 sources (8th grade). Students must complete a source analysis sheet for each source.
- At least 5 of the sources must be primary
- No more than 5 of the sources can be pictures
- Students must have at least 1 book resource
- Students must have 1 interview (can be from the internet) (7th grade)
- Students must have 2 interviews (can be from the internet) (8th grade)
- Sources will be a mix of primary and secondary from internet research and research from books.
Step 3: Creating an Annotated Bibliography
- Students must create an annotated bibliography entry for each source they find.
- The bibliography will be in MLA format.
- Under each citation, students will create an annotation. This is a two to four sentence explanation of what the source was about and how they used the source in their research.
Step 4: Creating the final project and writing the process paper
- Students will create their final project using the guidelines provided.
- Students will then write a four paragraph process paper explaining why they chose their topic, how they conducted their research, why they chose to create an exhibit, website, or paper, and how their topic fit the theme of National History Day. (This will be completed in their English classes.)
When are the National History Day Workdays?
- Students will have some class time to work on the National History Day project with teacher guidance. (Additional class work days may be added by the teacher.)
- Students are expected to complete the remaining benchmarks and project requirements outside of normal class time.
- Scheduled library days will be added to the calendar to allow students to have access to library books and resources. Students are highly encouraged to also visit the local library.
- There will also be National History Day work days after school at various times throughout the semester. They will be announced in class and posted on the Sapphire Parent Portal.