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National history day rights responsibilities in history

National History DayRights & Responsibilities in History

Mrs. Weaver – Advanced U.S. History


Important information
Important Information…

What is NHD?

When is NHD?

Begins in September / October w/ surveys, topic research, development of ideas.

Ends in March w/ presentations and possibly entry in NHD competition.

  • An opportunity for teachers and students to engage in historical research.

  • Allows you to study a wide variety of historical issues, ideas, people, and events of your own interest.

  • Practice critical inquiry: asking questions of significance, time, and place.

Why nhd
Why NHD?

  • Fulfills research requirement as part of the curriculum.

  • Develops historical research skills necessary to be successful in class.

  • Prepare you for Middle School Assessment and other research assignments.

  • Teach you how to be a historian.

2013 2014 nhd theme
2013-2014 NHD Theme

  • Rights and Responsibilities in History

Understanding this year s theme
Understanding this year’s theme

  • Rights – What is owed to people

  • Responsibilities – What people owe

  • “In History”

    • Topics should have a historical relationship

    • NOT a current event

  • Important Info

    • You do not need to give “rights” and “responsibilities” equal weight in your research / project.

    • The best work will show the relationship between “rights” and “responsibilities”

Asking good questions
Asking Good Questions

  • How did the acquisition of a right result from responsibilities?

  • How did responsibilities affect the giving or taking of rights?

  • How can responsibilities come into conflict with rights?

  • What happens when rights or responsibilities are ignored or denied?

  • You should be asking yourself (your group) these types of questions as you explore your topic so that you are sure it connects well to the theme

National history day rights responsibilities in history

Topic Possibilities: For possible topics this year: Remember, these are just ideas, you can come up with your own topic1) go to the class homepage2) There is a tab on the homepage titled National History Day. Click on it. 3) Open the PDF file titled “2013-14 Sample Topics”




Secondary Source- authors develop their interpretations using primary sources

Examples: reference books, periodicals, history textbooks, journal articles

  • Primary Source – first hand account of an event

    • Examples: letters, diaries, songs, photographs, court proceedings, census data, newspapers, magazines, oral history interviews

Secondary = Garry Wills' book Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America

Primary = Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address”

Conducting research
Conducting Research

  • Good Places to Start:

  • Note – There will be school time that is built in for research and work (but you will need to work at home as well)

  • Unami Books

  • Unami Library Databases (

    • Username – Unami / Password – library

  • Custom Google Search (

  • Library of Congress (

Conducting research continued
Conducting Research (continued)

  • Other Internet Databases

    • Smithsonian –

    • History Channel –

    • National Archives –

    • World Digital Library –

  • Local Historical Societies

  • Doylestown Library (

  • Churches

  • Museums

  • Town Hall

Credibility and annotated bibliography
Credibility and Annotated Bibliography

  • You must be able to identify the following on a website to judge its credibility:

    • Who is the author? Are they credible?

    • Who was the intended audience?

    • Why did the author produce this piece?

    • Can you see if the article is biased?

  • An annotated bibliography has all of the bibliographic information as well as a short description of the source and then why it was important to your project.

    • Noodletools will be utilized

The five entry styles
The Five Entry Styles

1) Website

2) Documentary

  • Film and video presentation (10 minute maximum)

    3) Exhibit

  • Three panel display (500 word limit)

    4) Historical Paper

  • Must be between 1,500-2,500 words

    5) Performance

  • 10 minute maximum

Nhd project choices

NHD – Project choices

Documentary, Exhibit, Paper, Performance, Web Site

Historical documentary
Historical Documentary

Present information about an event, person, place or idea from the past through a ten minute presentation that showcases documents, images, photographs, and actual footage of the topic you are researching.

Historical exhibit
Historical Exhibit

Historical exhibition presents information about an event, person, place, or idea from the past by physically displaying documents, images, or objects.

Historical paper
Historical Paper

History papers present information and analyze an event, person, place or idea from the past in writing.

Historical performance
Historical Performance

A performance is a live, dramatic presentation of your topic's significance in history.

Historical web site
Historical Web Site

A historical web site is a collection of web pages, interconnected with hyperlinks, that presents primary and secondary sources, interactive multimedia, and historical analysis.

Tips for the year
Tips for the year

Choose a topic that you have an interest in.

2) Keep up with checkpoints and deadlines.

3) Ask for guidance.

4) Use your library time wisely

5) Read up on your historical topic.

6) Don’t Stress! Do a little bit at a time and you’ll do great.


Rights and Responsibilities in History

National History Day

Good luck
Good Luck!

"I have learned there is always a different side to the story that's just under the surface that's waiting to be discovered, and that no opinion is not worth at least some level of consideration, no matter how outlandish it may seem.”

~ NHD participant

“Any fool can make history, but it takes a genius to write it.”~ Oscar Wilde

Top 10 reasons to participate in nhd
Top 10 Reasons to Participate in NHD

  • 1. Teaches History

  • Builds an understanding that history is not static and contains multiple perspectives

  • 2. Engages Students

  • Excites students by asking them to choose a topic and explore resources

Top 10 reasons to participate in nhd1
Top 10 Reasons to Participate in NHD

  • 3. Energizes the Curriculum

  • Provides a framework for hands-on, student-centered learning

  • 4. Promotes High Academic Standards

  • Assists teachers and schools in meeting educational standards by offering a portfolio-building and outcome-based activity

Top 10 reasons to participate in nhd2
Top 10 Reasons to Participate in NHD

  • 5. Encourages Literacy

  • Adjusts their reading for different types of print and non-print texts (including fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary works)

  • 6. Enhances Assessment

  • Provides a multilayered performance-based assessment tool

Top 10 reasons to participate in nhd3
Top 10 Reasons to Participate in NHD

  • 7. Teaches Critical Thinking

  • Promotes life skills, analytical skills, comparative perspectives and models of critical judgment—essential for work in any field

  • 8. Inspires Curiosity

  • Ignites student interest in learning about history by integrating social studies, art, sciences, literature, language, and music into their presentations

Top 10 reasons to participate in nhd4
Top 10 Reasons to Participate in NHD

  • 9. Recognizes the Student Strengths

  • Allows students to become experts

  • 10. Activates Civic Engagement

  • Encourages students to become involved in their communities

Being a historian nhd lessons
Being a Historian… NHD Lessons

Lesson # 1:

- Mr. Lincoln’s Pockets

Lesson # 2:

- Primary Source: Accounts of Weeks 1 & 2

Lesson # 3:

- Historical Survey: Where do your interests lie?

Lesson # 4:

- Asking the Right type of Questions

Lesson # 5:

- Primary vs. Secondary Sources