Alameda County History Day Intro 2018

Information about Alameda County History Day Intro 2018

Published on October 12, 2017

Author: robdarrow



1. Welcome to Alameda County History Day!

2. What is history day?  Began in 1974 and grew to National History Day  Ultimate research and inquiry based and fun project  Aligned with Common Core and history framework  Yearly theme. Students choose a topic. Research the topic, then present the topic.  Read more:

3. Theme: Conflict and Compromise in History Choose a topic that fits the theme. (See the theme sheet)

4. Conflict: a serious disagreement or argument  What are some conflicts in history? (Wars, new nations, gender and race, civil rights, etc.)  What causes conflicts?  What events, people, paintings, plays or literature have caused conflict?

5. Compromise: an agreement or a settlement of a dispute  What are some compromises in history? (Wars, new nations, gender and race, civil rights, etc.)  How do compromises prevent conflict?  What happens when groups or individuals fail to reach compromise?

6. Topics – Choose something you are interested in:  American history  Hawaiian history  World history  European history  Sports history  Music history  Science history  Military history  Asian history  African American history  Women’s history  Labor history  Art history

7. Topics must fit the theme Consider:  Is the topic historically important?  Did the person change or influence attitudes?  Did he or she change society?  Does the issue have both a positive and negative side?  How was it perceived by others?  Why was it significant in history?

8. Pick Your Topic, Then start your Research with a variety of primary and secondary sources

9. Resources Primary and Secondary Sources

10. Where to Get Research  Whether selecting a topic or researching one, start by searching the Web for ideas  Talk to family members, friends and teachers about your idea  Check bibliographies  Find lots of primary sources

11. Primary Sources: (From people who were there)  First-hand accounts  Letters  Journals  Newspaper/Magazine articles  Photos  Speeches  Documents  Court records  Interviews of people who were there

12. Secondary Sources (Written about a person or event after it happened)  Encyclopedias  Nonfiction Books  Biographies  Interviews with people who have studied an event or person (e.g. professors or historians)

13. Web Sources (Can be primary or secondary)  Secondary  Wikipedia  Articles or blogs about the event or person  Use library research databases  Primary  Letters  Journals  University library archives  National Archives  Library of Congress

14. Create a Thesis Statement  A thesis is similar to a hypothesis. It is the foundation of your entire project.  The thesis needs to explain how the topic relates to this year’s theme - time and place, cause and effect, change over time, and impact and significance.  A thesis draws conclusions about how the topic affected individuals, communities, nations or the world.

15. After Basic Research  Work as individual or group? A group is 2-5 people.  Think about how to present your research  Consider the timeline to finish you project and chart out your plan  Sketch out ideas or create an outline

16. Types of Projects Gr. 4th -5th : Posters (Ca Only) Gr. 6-12: Exhibit, Documentary, Performance, Research Paper, Website

17. Poster  Individual or Group (Gr. 4-5, Ca Only)  30” X 40” flat (vertical or horizontal)  350 words  Clear thesis, connection to theme, conclusion, analysis  Use of primary sources  Sketch and design  Process paper and 5 annotated bibliography  Samples (Sacramento Co History Day):

18. Exhibits  Individual or Group (Gr. 6-12)  Free standing exhibit – most common is a tri-fold board  Clear thesis, connection to theme and conclusion  Use of primary sources  500 words, process paper and annotated bibliography  Samples:

19. Documentary  Individual or Group (Gr. 6-12)  10 minutes  Clear thesis, connection to theme, conclusion, analysis  Use of primary sources  Create a storyboard, narration, visuals, and background music  Process paper and annotated bibliography  Samples:

20. Performance  Individual or Group (Gr. 6-12)  10 minutes  Clear thesis, connection to theme, conclusion, analysis  Use of primary sources  Perform in public  Storyboard, script, acting, costumes and props  Process paper and annotated bibliography  Samples: examples

21. Website  Individual or Group (Gr. 6-12)  Build on weebly (no outside links or ads)  Clear thesis, connection to theme, conclusion, analysis  Use of primary sources  2500 of your own words, images, video, primary source artifacts  Samples: examples

22. Research Paper  Individual Only (Gr. 6-12)  Clear thesis, connection to theme and conclusion, analysis  Use of primary sources  Must do citations and may include an appendix  2500 words, annotated bibliography  Samples: examples

23. Writing a Process Paper  500 words  Describe how you chose our topic  Research Process  How it fits the theme  Why it is important in history

24. Creating an Annotated Bibliography  Keep a list of all sources you use  Create a bibliography electronically online or on a word document  List author’s name, title of document or book or article, etc.  Explain how you used this source

25. A finished history day project includes:  Research with primary and secondary sources  Clear thesis and analysis and clear connection to the theme  Presentation category (poster – 4th or 5th , paper, documentary, performance, exhibit or website)  Process Paper  Annotated Bibliography

26. Timeline  August-October: Overview of project, topic selection, research, outline  November: Research collection, form groups, select project category, process paper, bibliography  December: Project development  January/February: Project presentation  March: County History Day  May: State History Day  June: National History Day

27. Your Resources  Your teachers, family and friends  Your school, public or university library  Online research databases in libraries (generally need a password)  Alameda County HD:  California HD:  National HD:

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