National History Day 2016
Bay Farm Middle School participates in National History Day!
Creating the Finished Project

 

Official rules link for National History Day

 

Exhibits--Miniature Museums. An exhibit is a miniature museum. People look at visuals and objects while reading a limited amount of text. If you enjoy creating and assembling objects, you will enjoy this option.

 

1. Brainstorm a list of visual items that would help support your topic.

2. Draw, copy, or recreate these items in a 2-D, or 3-D form. The quantities listed here are for an individual student working alone. Groups should multiply by the number of students in the group.

  • 10 or more flat documents: drawings, photos, etc.
  • Captions connect the visual to the topic and the theme
  • 1 or more maps (one per group)
  • 1 timeline with 10 or more events related to the topic (one per group)
  • Three quotes (per student) that demonstrate the impact on history. Identify the quote.
  • Impact statement (thesis)--one per group
  • 500 of your own words. Use direct quotes and visuals to illustrate the words.
  • Three (per student) hand-made or hand-drawn artifacts. Limit the copy machine visuals. Use your creativity to make objects look realistic and historically accurate

3. Plan your display. Which items will be attached to the main board? Which will be displayed on a table in front of the board? Do you want a tri-fold board, or would a hinged screen, a spinning column, or swinging doors work better? How ill you organize small objects? An open suitcase, sewing box, or chest of drawers can evoke the period and give coherence to your display.

 

Examples:

    Pivotal Politics, The Marshall Plan: A Turning Point in Foreign Aid and the Struggle  for Democracy
   First Place, Junior Paper
   Student: Alexander Weissman

   The Sinking of the USS Maine: A Turning Point in American Foreign Policy
   Eighth Place, Captain Ken Coskey Naval History Prize, Senior Paper
   Student: Maria Sutton

   The Great Railroad Strike of 1877: A Catalyst for the American Labor Movement
   First Place, Senior Paper
   Student: Jessica Piper

 

Historical Paper (8th grade only with teacher permission). If your topic lends itself to more words than pictures, a historical paper may be an excellent choice. Use your best essay-writing skills to produce a paper no shorter than 1500 words and no longer than 2500 words. Instead of using pictures and maps, you will expand your classroom essay to about nine body paragraphs. Your bibliography does not count in the word limit, and you will not write a process paper at the end of the project.

 

Examples:

The Connecticut Effect: The Hartford Circus Fire Changes a Nation
   Second Place, Junior Group Exhibit
   Students: Claire Langdon, Emma Langdon & Madeline Langdon
   Process Paper   |   Bibliography

   Washington and the French: A Turning Point in the American Revolution
   Twelfth Place, George Washington Leadership in History Prize, Senior Individual Exhibit
   Student: Timothy Cohn
   Process Paper & Bibliography

   The Erie Canal: "A Little Short of Madness"
   Sixth Place, Discovery and Exploration in History Prize, Junior Individual Exhibit
   Student: Danielle Johnson
   Process Paper   |   Bibliography

   Margaret Sanger: The Birth of Women's Control
   Third Place, Senior Individual Exhibit
   Student: Mia Radovanovic
   Process Paper & Bibliography

   The Bonus Army: A Turning Point in Veteran Rights
   Second Place, Senior Individual Exhibit
   Student: Laura Stickells
   Process Paper   |   Bibliography

   What a Book Can Do: Rachel Carson's Silent Spring Launches the Environmental Movement
   First Place, Junior Individual Exhibit
   Student: Julienne Sauer
   Process Paper & Bibliography

   Truman's Double Victory: Executive Order 9981 Integrates the Military
   First Place, Senior Individual Exhibit
   Student: Stacey Olson
   Process Paper & Bibliography

 

Website. If you enjoy working with computers and would like to combine text and images a website can be very effective. National History Day provides a web-making tool (nhd.weebly.org) Remember to limit the amount of text on each screen, and use plenty of images and sound clips. There is a 1200-word limit for student-composed text, and a 45-second limit for multi-media clips. NHD page about Websites


Register for your website by clicking here

 

Examples:

 The Voting Rights Act of 1965: One Vote, One Voice
   Sixth Place, History of Congress Award, Senior Group Web Site
   Students: Priya Ramamoorthy, Maanasa Nathan, Kavya Ramamoorthy & Smrithi Mahadevan
   Process Paper   |   Bibliography

   The 1956 Federal-Aid Highway Act: The Turning Point that Reshaped America
   Fifth Place, History in the Federal Government Prize, Senior Group Web Site
   Students: Riley Frackleton, Eric Baumeister, Justin Guo, Alex Hankin & Michael Ruccolo
   Process Paper   |   Bibliography

   From Pulpit to Protest: Ohio Lane Rebels
   Third Place, Senior Group Web Site
   Students: Marcia Brown & Abby White
   Process Paper   |   Bibliography

   The Camp David Accords: Foundation for a Middle Eastern Peace
   Second Place, Senior Group Web Site
   Students: Sarah Sukardi, Jiho Park & Catherine Myong
   Process Paper   |   Bibliography

   The Camp David Accords: A Turning Point in U.S. Foreign Policy
   Second Place, Junior Individual Web Site
   Student: Dhweeja Dasarathy
   Process Paper   |   Bibliography

   "The Emancipation Proclamation for the Disabled"
   Second Place, Junior Group Web Site
   Students: Srija Reddy, Niti Malwade, Hamsini Nathan, Devika Patel & Khira Patel
   Process Paper & Bibliography 

   Solving the Enigma: Legacies of a Secret World War II Code
   First Place, Senior Group Web Site
   Students: Maya Biswas, Nick Chapman, Lindsey Currier, Ronia Hurwitz & Lexi Ugelow
   Process Paper   |   Bibliography

   Samuel F.B. Morse: Artist to Innovator, A Turning Point in Communication
   Second Place, Senior Individual Web Site
   Student: Taylor Walsh
   Process Paper   |   Bibliography

   On the Brink of Disunion: The Election of 1860
   First Place, Senior Individual Web Site
   Student: John Vodrey
   Process Paper   |   Bibliography

 

 

 

Documentary. A Combination of informative primary-source visuals and a well-written script makes a superb documentary. The time limit is 10 minutes. Only students listed as program participants may operate equipment, read the narration, and appear on camera. Students have found iMovie to be one useful tool; others are also possible.

 

Click here for the NHD Documentary information

 

Examples:

The Turning Point in Deception: Top Secret Tactics for D-Day
   Eighth Place, World War II Prize, Junior Individual Documentary
   Student: Veronica Lyle
   Process Paper & Bibliography

   It's a Jungle Out There: Upton Sinclair Turns the Tables on the Chicago Meatpackers and the Food Industry
   It's a Jungle Out There: Upton Sinclair Turns the Tables on the Chicago Meatpackers and the Food Industry
   Fourth Place, Chronicling America: Historic American Newspaper Prize, Senior Individual Documentary
   Student: Joanna Slusarewicz
   Process Paper   |   Bibliography

   Out of the Closet and Into the Streets: Frank Kameny and the Mattachine Society of Washington D.C.
   Out of the Closet and Into the Street: Frank Kameny and the Mattachine Society of Washington D.C.
   Third Place, Senior Individual Documentary
   Student: Maddie Pavek
   Process Paper   |   Bibliography

   The Gray Wolf Reintroduction: A Scientific Approach to Protect The Yellowstone Ecosystem
   The Gray Wolf Reintroduction: A Scientific Approach to Protect The Yellowstone Ecosystem
   Third Place, Senior Group Documentary
   Students: Brianne Beale & Nicole Collins
   Process Paper & Bibliography

   Pillars of Faith, Towers of Freedom: the Rise of Radical Islam and the Path to 9/11
   Pillars of Faith, Towers of Freedom: the Rise of Radical Islam and the Path to 9/11
   Second Place, Senior Individual Documentary
   Student: Liam Knox

   Nikola Tesla: Electrifying a New Era
   Nikola Tesla: Electrifying a New Era
   First Place, Senior Group Documentary
   Students: Kevin Nakahara, Anand Nambakam & Ethan Perrin
   Process Paper   |   Bibliography

   "Kill the Indian, and Save the Man": A Turn for the Better or Worse?
   "Kill the Indian, and Save the Man": A Turn for the Better or Worse?
   First Place, Junior Individual Documentary
   Student: Rachel Priebe
   Process Paper   |   Bibliography

 

Performances. A 10-minute dramatic interpretation can be a powerful way to present your research. If you are skilled in music or dance, write a script to showcase your talent! Simple costume changes--such as putting on a hat or removing a pair of glasses--can allow one or two students to play multiple parts. Primary source texts you learn for a dramatic performance will stay in your memory for years to come. Students listed on the project must write the script and speak all of the parts.

 

Examples:

 The Golden Age of Radio: Turning Points in American Culture 
   The Golden Age of Radio: Turning Points in American Culture
   First Place, Junior Group Performance
   Students: Hazel Homer-Wambeam & Jackson Higgins
   Process Paper   |   Bibliography

   Weakening the Wall: Hidden 20th Century Turning Points
   Weakening the Wall: Hidden 20th Century Turning Points
   Second Place, Junior Group Performance
   Students: Anna Demotte, Riley Priddy, David Klingler, Charis Nelson & Benjamin Offereins
   Bibliography

   The Civilian Conservation Corps: Turning a New Leaf on the Depression Pioneering Conservation, and Saving America's Youth
   The Civilian Conservation Corps: Turning a New Leaf on the Depression Pioneering Conservation, and Saving America's Youth
   Second Place, Junior Individual Performance
   Student: Adam Dietrich
   Process Paper & Bibliography

   The Turning Point That Made America Forever Free 
   The Turning Point That Made America Forever Free
   First Place, Senior Individual Performance
   Student: Matthew Broussard
   Process Paper   |   Bibliography

 

 

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Text: 2014-2015 Handout Created by Anne Everton, Robbie See, and karen Carpenter for Alameda County

 

Example Links from National History Day Website