National History Day 2016
Bay Farm Middle School participates in National History Day!

National History Day is a national history research project and contest. Students research a topic in history and relate it to the annual theme. It’s rewarding for students because they have a wide range of topics they can choose from and many different methods for publishing their research.Students can work individually or in groups; it’s up to them.

This year’s theme is: Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History

Students can create and produce:

  • Miniature museum exhibit
  • Documentary
  • Website
  • Dramatic performance
  • (8th grade only) Research paper

After completing their project, students will have yet another choice: to compete. Winners at Bay Farm move on to Alameda County competition; and winners at County move on to History Day in California. Ultimately though, the project is about learning: learning to research (multiple sources are required); learning to apply unique talents to a project; learning to evaluate information; learning to connect historical ideas to a theme. Whether it’s a dramatic interpretation of Lincoln or a research paper about women’s suffrage, students are developing the same skills in research, analysis, and communication within a personalized learning project.

Watch this webinar overview of this year's theme.

Recorded from Live presentation September 16, 2015


"Every year National History Day frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. This year’s theme is Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. The intentional selection of the theme for NHD is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.


The NHD theme provides a focused way to increase students’ historical understanding by developing a lens to read history, an organizational structure that helps students place information in the correct context and finally, the ability to see connections over time."

from National History Day website


This year's topics:

  • Eighth grade: An event in US History prior to 1995
  • Seventh grade: An event between AD500 and AD1750 in Latin America, Africa, Europe, China, Japan, or the Middle East
  • Sixth grade: Ancient History event up to AD500

 All students address this year's theme: Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange in History



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