History Day 2004-05

Communication in History: Key to Understanding



History Day Exhibit

History Day in California is a statewide program sponsored by the Constitutional Rights Foundation and the California Department of Education in cooperation with National History Day. Now in its twenty-first year, History Day is an exciting, history-based learning experience for students from 4-12th grades.

History Day is a performance-based academic endeavor that fully supports the California History-Social Science Framework and History/Social Science and English-Language Arts Content Standards. History Day provides students with an opportunity to become historians and apply what they learn through authentic products such as documentaries, exhibits, posters, performances, websites, or research papers. Any of these can easily be integrated into the everyday classroom curriculum.

Each year the theme changes. For 2005 the theme is Communication in History: Key to Understanding. Students may apply this theme to a wide range of topics in U.S. or world history related to the curriculum at their particular grade level. Though they may focus on only one aspect of the theme whenever possible they should show the connections among the various aspects of it.

There is no better way to enjoy school and learn the research, thinking, and writing skills for college success than creating a History Day Project. If you are a California student in grades 6-12 you may join in the fun by producing a museum exhibit, a documentary, a website, a research paper, or a performance. If you are a fourth or fifth grader, you are invited to do a poster. Any of these projects, except the research paper, may be completed by a group of up to five students as well as by an individual. As you produce one of these projects, you will have many opportunities to meet other students and win awards at the school, county, state or national level.

“All of the students whom I have coached that have completed a History Day project have gone on to and graduated from college. Several have become teachers.”
Sherry Hamilton
A.B. Miller High School, Fontana


“Because of National History Day I began to see the historical complexity and depth behind present day international problems and conflicts. “
History Day Student
San Bernardino County


Teacher History Day Resources
If you want to do a History Day type activity in your classroom, here is a PowerPoint presentation to share with your students or fellow teachers 2005 History Day Overview PowerPoint. (This presentation is in HTML form. For a complete presentation in PPT form, download here.) For ideas about how this year’s theme relates to California History-Social Science Content Standards see the list prepared by the Constitutional Rights Foundation at “Teacher” http://www.crf-usa.org/history_day/HistoryDay.html. To enter a History Day competition, contact the Constitutional Rights Foundation to find out who the History Day coordinator is for your region at lourdes@crf-usa.org.

Student History Day Resources
This website http://www.crf-usa.org/history_day/HistoryDay.html has the Rule Book and other information for completing your History Day project. Link to “Students” to find the important Rules You Need to Know about plagiarism and copyright. Be sure to contact your school or county coordinator to get the specifics for participating in your local area. The Constitutional Rights Foundation, major sponsor and manager of the program in California, will be glad to connect you to the right person in your area. historyday@crf-usa.org

National History Day has outlined all the steps you need to follow in creating a History Day entry.
1.
Learn about the 2005 theme Communication in History: Key to
Understanding
at http://nationalhistoryday.org/02_contest/02.html
2.
Review the Sample Topic List at the National History Day site:
From http://nationalhistoryday.org/02_contest/02.html select 2005 Sample Topic List. For topics aligned to California standards, check the California History Day site at CRF http://www.crf-usa.org/history_day/HistoryDay.html
3.
Then follow this step-by-step process.
From http://nationalhistoryday.org/02_contest/02.html select How to Start a NHD Project.
4. Website and Poster Category project developers, keep your eye on the History Day in California page http://www.crf-usa.org/history_day/HistoryDay.html for all the rules and special information for these California only categories.

Documentary Category

Places to Begin Your Research

National Archives
http://www.archives.gov/
EuroDocs: Primary Historical Documents from Western Europe
http://library.byu.edu/~rdh/eurodocs/
Internet History Sourcebooks Project
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall
Library of Congress
http://www.loc.gov/
NARA | Presidential Libraries | Main Page
http://www.archives.gov/presidential_libraries/
Primary Sources on the Web
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/PrimarySourcesOnTheWeb.html
Our Documents
http://www.ourdocuments.gov/index.php?flash=true&

Important How-To Sites

Using Primary Sources on the Web
http://www.lib.washington.edu/subject/History/RUSA/
Turabian Citation Guide
http://library.osu.edu/sites/guides/turabiangd.html
MLA Citation Style
http://www.liu.edu/cwis/cwp/library/workshop/citmla.htm

Other State History Day Sites with Great Ideas for Developing Projects

Minnesota History Day
http://www.mnhs.org/school/historyday/students/index.html
New York History Day
http://www.nyshistoryday.org/index.htm
Pennsylvania History Day
http://www.outreach.psu.edu/C&I/HistoryDay




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