GETTING STARTED 2019 NHD THEME STUDENT RESOURCES
Understanding the Rules and Theme
What do I do first? Read the rules... Before you begin work on an entry for competition, you, your teacher, and your parents should carefully read the National History Day Contest Rule Book.
After I understand the rules, now what?
Read about the theme... Each year your research must connect to the 2019 NHD THEME The theme changes every year so if you do NHD every year, you will not repeat a theme. The themes are chosen to be broad enough to encourage investigation of topics ranging from local history to world history, and from ancient time to the recent past. To understand the historical importance of your topic you need to ask questions about time, place and context; cause and effect; change over time; and impact and significance. You must consider not only when and where events happened, but also why they occurred and what factors contributed to their development.
The link below to the NHD web page.
The 2018 NHD theme is
Triumph and Tragedy
Maryland NHD site
Share your Topic and Thesis Statement
Mr. Herdman's Wiki Page
How to write a thesis
Below you will find the files and instructional videos to help you complete your NHD documentary.
Day 1. 6/6
Students will read the NHD theme sheet and start to find possible topics for their project. Please save your info on your google doc or a flash drive so it is easy to access.Students should find /research several different topics before deciding on one.Mr.Herdman,Mrs.Englestetter, and I are all available to help you, so do not hesitate to ask. Please use and fill out the topic rubric at the bottom of column 3.
6/7 Students will continue to research their topic and complete the brainstorming activity located in the second column.Save this as a google doc or on a flash drive. I will set up a submission doc for you to share it with me . (Due 6/8)
Day 2. 6/7
Students should start to narrow their topic. (I checked and you may have a topic that is 25 years or older)
Here is a link with examples of winning topics Topic Resource
Day 3 6/8
Students will share their topic choices to Mr. Wright via google docs (GAFE). Students will find 10 primary resources and submit them to me (Due 6/11) Library of Congress
Day 4 6/11
Students will continue to find sources for their topic. Mr. Herdman will share ideas with you today about how to find those sources efficiently. We will also show model projects from this years NHD. I will load them on my web page later today.
Day 5 6/12
Students will continue to find sources for their topic.If you have not shared your topic with me please do so as soon as possible.
I will start to talk to some students today about how to narrow their topic so they can form an argument/thesis statement.
Day 6 6/13
Students should start to narrow their topic down and start to think about their argument/thesis. Mr. Wright, and Mr. Herdman will be consulting students to help them with this. Please look at the Topic Resources link to see updated topic ideas.
Day 7 6/14
Students will continue to narrow their topic down and start to think about their argument/thesis. Mr. Wright, and Mr. Herdman will be consulting students to help them with this. (google your topic and add the word thesis to your search, this will help you find examples that you may use as a model) I have also included a thesis worksheet (column 3) to help organize you argument.
Day 8 6/15
Students will be instructed how to create a web page. Mr. Wright will create a page for each class and show them how to use the menu bar options. Students will also write a PROVE statement to help them develop their thesis.
Day 9 6/18
Students will start to work on the essential questions that need to be answered to write a good thesis. Please look at your proposal and brainstorming activities to help you with these questions.
Day 10 6/19
Continue to work on your thesis statements and research note cards. Be sure to add the resources to your noodle tools so you do not need to go back and find them later. I will continue to challenge your thesis statements so you can form a great argument.
Day 11 6/13
Students will continue to work on thesis statement and submit it to me Topic/Thesis
Mr. Wright, Mrs.Englestetter, and Mr. Herdman will continue to give feedback on your statements. Students should also be saving research on noodle tools and documenting your resources.