Published on October 12, 2017
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): http://www.sachistoryday.org/2017-posters
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: https://www.nhd.org/project-examples
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: https://www.nhd.org/project-examples
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: https://www.nhd.org/project- 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: https://www.nhd.org/project- 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: https://www.nhd.org/project- 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: www.acoe.org/Page/678 California HD: www.nhdca.org/ National HD: www.nhd.org/