History Day - 2017
The 2017 Theme for National History Day is:
Taking a Stand in History
Additional information about the theme and example topics can be found on the History Day Website:
Key Ingredients for a Successful Project
Remember - Mrs. Efkeman is available in the library to help you with your research during morning office hours and X Block on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.
Once your have chosen your History Day Topic - Your job as a History Researcher is to investigate your topic's historical context, historical significance and the relationship of your topic to the history day theme. Your investigation should include library research to find primary and secondary sources as well as other information gathering such as interviews and visits to historic sites. History Day Projects are not research "reports" -- judges expect you to dig deeper to draw conclusions and analyze the information gathered, not just recite back "facts" from what you have read.
Remember these important issues as you work on your History Day Research:
- While some topics will lend themselves to focus primarily on one element of the history day theme, you should try to consider all three in your analysis
- Answer the "So What" question - why is your topic historically important?
To establish historical importance - think about time and place, cause and effect, what change occured over time; the impact on people, society, culture, economics or government; and the significance in history
- Make sure that you explain your topic's historical context
- The best projects will be based on strong primary source research - but don't forget the importance of secondary sources to helping you gain a full understanding of your topic.
- Finally - Remember that you are telling a story - make it interesting!