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Our History Day program is an enrichment option for our most motivated and dedicated students. Participants create projects in accordance with National History Day standards as part of a nation-wide competition.
Key dates at a glance (scroll down for weekly obligations in detail):
November: Program introduced to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders through SS.
- All interested participants must submit an individual Intent to Participate essay by 11/14. Assignment is here.
Dodd Center Trip:TBD
Local Rehearsal: Thu, 2/8, 3-5 p.m.
District Contest: Saturday, March 3rd. All day!
*Checklist: What to bring to District History Day on 3/3. Be here between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m. for registration!
All Judging Appointments are scheduled between 9 and 12. The Awards Ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. You may leave after your judging appointment and return for Awards.
State Contest: Saturday, 4/28, Central Connecticut State University
National Contest: June 10-14, University of Maryland
Obligations for Participants Week by Week. (For a low-tech paper version, OR to see the whole program at a glance, see Milestones Sheet given out at Orientation.)
History Day: Obligations at a Glance 2017-2018
YOUR OBLIGATIONS and Google Classroom Assignments
In-class lesson topics (may change depending on what YOU need!):
DUE IN GOOGLE CLASSROOM BY Monday, November 27th:
Bulleted notes from 2-3 sources in Notes document
Each source cited in MLA format and annotated in Annotated Bibliography document
SIGN UP for X-block check-in with teacher this week. *For every check-in, your job is below:
I prepared all materials so that I could facilitate the check-in with my assigned teacher.
Materials were ready;
I was able to tell my teacher what I completed in the last week;
My documents were open on the computer so I could show the teacher.
I arrived on time for my scheduled appointment with my partner (if applicable).
MLA bibliography and annotation
Finding reliable and varied primary and secondary sources
DUE IN GOOGLE CLASSROOM BY Monday, December 11th:
Bulleted notes from at least 6 sources (including 3 primary) in Notes document
UConn trip permission slip due by Tuesday, December 12th.
SIGN UP for X-block check-in with teacher this week.
Note-taking- recording relevant information
Paraphrasing, quoting, and summarizing
FIELD TRIP: Tuesday, December 19th!
Travel to Dodd Archive Center and Homer Babbidge Library (UConn).
Bring your folders, source lists and research notes! You will need them to connect to the new sources you find.
You will travel to archives and/or library to experience college-level research and gain in-depth information on your topic.
Drawing conclusions from visual and primary sources
DUE IN GOOGLE CLASSROOM BY Tuesday, January 2nd:
Bulleted notes from at least 12 sources (including at least 5 primary sources) in Notes document
Writing a thesis statement
DUE IN GOOGLE CLASSROOM BY Monday, January 8th:
Draft of Thesis Statement
Outline of subtopics you’ll include to support your thesis
Continue to update Notes/Annotated Bibliography as you research
History Day registration packet due by Tuesday, Jan 9th (updated from Friday, January 12)
Written contents: Supporting your thesis in a relevant, concise manner.
DUE IN GOOGLE CLASSROOM BY Monday, January 22nd:
Draft of Written Content (script for Doc or Perf; text for Pap, Exh, or Web)
Include Word Count (Pap, Exh, Web) OR time it takes you to read (Doc, Perf)
Writing an effective
DUE IN GOOGLE CLASSROOM BY Monday, February 5th:
Draft of Annotated Bibliography and Process Paper
All sources in MLA format
Separate Primary and Secondary source lists
Sources alphabetized (within list) by first word in source
Annotation how each source was used (3 sentences minimum)
Creativity: Going for the WOW factor in your presentation
Economy of Language
Thursday, February 8th
History Day Rehearsal
At school: 2:50-4:10 p.m.
Know your appointment time and room!
Bring complete draft of project, process paper (except for Paper), annotated bibliography
Ask QUESTIONS to solicit feedback on your work
Drafting questions for feedback
DUE IN GOOGLE CLASSROOM BY Monday, February 12th:
Latest drafts of Written Content, Process Paper, and Bibliography. Make revisions based on Rehearsal History Day feedback.
WEBSITE: Link to revised site, including embedded annotated bibliography and process paper
SIGN UP for X-block check-in with teacher this week (WEBSITES AND PAPERS ONLY).
Website due: Friday, Feb. 16th at 11:59 pm (locked on Weebly)
FINAL paper, including bibliography due to Mrs. McMunn by Friday, Feb. 16th
Goal-setting for revisions
DUE IN GOOGLE CLASSROOM BY Wednesday, February 21st (Exh, Perf, Doc only):
Latest drafts of Written Content, Process Paper, and Bibliography. You’re a revising machine!!
SIGN UP for X-block check-In with teacher this week (Exh, Perf, Doc only). Show actual project to teacher!
Week of February 26th:
Revise, revise, revise!
Plan for contest day needs. Secure:
Exhibit repair kit
Flash drives of Doc
Props/scenery for Perf
4 copies of ALL written materials
Your Fancy Outfit
ALL should read possible interview questions and think about responses
Navigating the Contest Day
Sat, Mar 3
*Mansfield District History Day. Judging appointments are scheduled between 8:30 and 1. Let us know ASAP of any major conflicts that day so the coordinator can ensure you have a time that works for you.
Sat, April 28
State History Day: Central Connecticut State University (for students who placed first, second, or third at Districts)
National History Day: University of Maryland (for students who placed first or second at States)
*Checklist: What to bring to District History Day on 3/4. Be here between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m. for registration!
"National History Day makes history come alive for America's youth by engaging them in the discovery of the historic, cultural and social experiences of the past. Through hands-on experiences and presentations, today's youth are better able to inform the present and shape the future. NHD inspires children through exciting competitions and transforms teaching through project-based curriculum and instruction."
-National History Day's Mission Statement, www.nhd.org
Please contact Mrs. McMunn or your Social Studies Teacher with questions. The History Day program is generally introduced in November.
Connecticut History Day is led by Connecticut's Old State House with support from the Connecticut League of History Organizations and the Connecticut Humanities' ConnecticutHistory.org.
Major funding provided by Connecticut Humanities.
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