We have a variety of exciting opportunities for teachers and students this fall. Keep reading to learn more and bring the excitement of National History Day into your classroom!
LEARN MORE ABOUT NHDThe Making History Day Happen workshop will introduce new teachers to the structure of
the National History Day program and provide advice and ideas
on incorporating History Day into your own classroom. NHD in
Wisconsin staff and experienced classroom teachers will provide
sample materials and demonstrate resources available to Wisconsin
educators through the program. Student participants will also
talk about their experiences and show examples of projects.
Attendees will leave with ideas and tools they need to start
a new year of History Day!
- Milwaukee: Saturday, September 25 (8:30 - 12:00)
- Madison: Saturday, October 23 (8:30 - 12:00)
- Green Bay: Thursday, October 28 (8:30 - 12:00)
- Madison: Wednesday, November 17 (4:00 - 6:30)
Many other workshops will be offered this fall. Check out our website to learn more or sign up.
SIGN UP FOR CURRICULUM MATERIALS
Interested in learning more about National History Day? Considering joining us for our 2011 NHD year? Sign up for our free curriculum CD.
This CD contains many useful tools to help you implement NHD in your
classroom, including student and teacher guides, topic ideas, theme
information, rulebook, and more! All educators participating in a 2010
regional event should have already received a CD. All other
interested educators can register for materials online.
SCHEDULE A CLASSROOM PRESENTATION
Invite a Wisconsin Historical Society staff member to join your class for a day! Our interactive classroom presentations are designed to introduce students to the basics of the NHD program, share samples of projects, get students thinking about the theme and topics, and excite participants for their NHD adventure. Especially for teachers working with NHD for the first time, this presentation is a great way to kick off the program in your school. Email Sarah Aschbrenner to schedule a date.
TAKE A RESEARCH FIELD TRIP
Renovations to the Wisconsin Historical Society Library Reading
Room were completed this summer. We are excited to once again host
research field trips! Field trips are a great way to get your students
excited about research while teaching them important skills. To schedule
or learn more about research field trip, visit our website.
REGIONAL, STATE AND NATIONAL DATESBegin planning your History Day program early! We've updated our website with 2011 NHD competition dates. Find event dates and contacts on our website.
CHANGES IN THE WEBSITE CATEGORY
There are several important updates for the website category for 2011:
Request a 2011 Curriculum CD for full category information.
- Students must use the NHD Website Editor to build and submit their websites. This is the same program students used last year.
- Group and individuals entries will be split and judged separately for the purpose of NHD competitions.
- Students must include their process paper and bibliography in their website itself instead of mailing paper copies.
- Changes in rules on embedded content will require all media to be uploaded through the NHD Website Editor. Links to content on YouTube or Google video, for example, will not be permitted.
BUILD INTERACTIVE, ONLINE LESSONS
Check out DocsTeach,
a new tool from the National Archives. DocsTeach allows teachers to build
interactive online lessons featuring primary source documents. You can
create your own lessons with 3,000 selected documents and several
interactive formats or check out some of the ready-made activities.
LEARN ABOUT THE 2011 NHD THEME
Take a closer look at the 2011 NHD theme: "Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences." This theme promises a variety of engaging topics for students to explore. The flexibility of the theme allows students to look at either a debate or a diplomatic event, opening up a breadth of potential topics.
History is full of interesting debates related to important events or ideas. This can include both debates over ideas, like slavery or evolution, or actual debates that shaped history, like the Nixon/Kennedy presidential debates. Students will take a closer look at the varying opinions on both sides of an issue and analyze how that deliberation or dispute shaped history.
The word diplomacy brings up even more choices for research topics. While topics related to international affairs immediately come to mind, more local ideas are always possible, such as topics involving land ownership and treaty issues. The second part of the theme, "Successes, Failures, Consequences," helps students to ask questions. Participants will think deeply about their topic by examining different perspectives and outcomes related to their subject. Read the theme sheet on our website.
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We appreciate your support of National History Day in Wisconsin. We are excited to have you as part of our program!
Sarah Aschbrenner, State Coordinator
National History Day in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Historical Society