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National History Day: Basics
You will research a particular time/event/place/person in history, related to this year's contest theme (Rights and Responsibilities), and produce one of the following:
- Paper (individual only)
- Individual exhibit
- Group exhibit
- Individual performance
- Group performance
- Individual documentary
- Group documentary
- Individual web site
- Group web site
Required Written Material
Each entry, regardless of type, must include the following written material:
- A title page (Rule 13)
- must include title of entry
- must include your names
- must include the contest division and category for your entry
*see rule book for a visual example
- A process paper (Rule 14)
- 500 words or less
- tells how you chose your topic
- tells how you conducted your research
- tells how you selected your presentation category and created your project
- tells how your project relates to the NHD them
- An annotated bibliography (Rule 15)
- list only those sources that contributed to the development of your entry
- list only sources that provided usable information or new perspectives
- include sources for visual material and/or oral interviews
- annotations explain how you used the source, and how it helped you to understand your topic
- annotations for web sites should describe who sponsors the site
- must include the separation of primary and secondary sources
- your annotated bibliography may be written in either Turabian or MLA style
Keep in Mind:
This year's contest theme - Rights and Responsibilities - should address, through your individual or group project, specific questions that move beyond description of the event or development, and include:
- How is my topic important?
- How was my topic significant in history in relation to the National History Day theme?
- How did my topic develop over time?
- How did my topic influence history?
- How did the events and atmosphere (social, economic, political, and cultural aspects) of my topic's time period influence my topic in history?