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Research Paper/National History Day Project Rolla Junior High 1360 Soest Road Rolla, MO Mary Mueller, Librarian [email protected] Departments Library English Social Studies Video Production Drama. Departments.

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Research Paper/National History Day ProjectRolla Junior High1360 Soest RoadRolla, MOMary Mueller, [email protected]

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DepartmentsLibraryEnglishSocial StudiesVideo ProductionDrama

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Why this project?Research and writing skills are both part of Missouri’s learning standards and are required assessment items

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Why this project?We wanted a project that would:Teach research skillsTeach writing skillsContribute to what the kids knew

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Why this project?We chose to combine the research and writing with the National History Day program

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What is National History Day?NHD is a year-long education program that engages students in grades 6-12 in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics.

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What is National History Day?Students produce dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries and research papers based on research related to an annual theme.

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What is National History Day?  These projects are then evaluated at local, state, and national competitions.For more information:www.nationalhistoryday.orgState NHD organizations

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How does the program work?Lots of collaboration between departments and people!

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First quarter:Library Skills Reviews: Electronic book searches, database searches and bibliography reviewEnglish: Grammar reviews, cause-and-effect essaysSocial Studies: Discuss NHD Students do pretest

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Second quarter:Library: Classes visit weekly; research, thesis statements, outlinesEnglish: Paper organization, writingVideo Production: Begin planning and complete storyboards for documentariesPosttest: Semester final

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Third quarter:Social Studies: Classes supervise NHD entriesVideo Production: Complete scripts, create documentariesStudents: Refine papers, performances, and exhibitsBuilding Level: Open house projects are evaluatedRegional Competition: All teachers help students with projects

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Fourth quarter:Final revisions to entriesState competition

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Summer:National competitionPlan for next year

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Starting a program:Start smallConsider state and local standardsIf you do NHD, begin with one type of entryEnlist your principal’s supportHave a good time!