Wisconsin Historical Society National History Day in Wisconsin Update

October 2010
National History Day logo Greetings!

As we work with students in their classrooms, the more excited we become about this year's NHD theme. It's going to be a great History Day year!

As you read this month's newsletter, I want to remind you that it's not too late to get involved in National History Day for 2011.
  • Join us and discuss implementation strategies at one of our free workshops.
  • Plenty of dates are still available for classroom presentations. Let us introduce NHD to your students through our interactive class-length presentation.
  • Give your students an unforgettable experience at a research fieldtrip. Students will learn how to find information in a research library as they find out more about their History Day topics.
As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions you have about National History Day or the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Minnesota History Day
CHECK OUT NHD IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGIES
Both new and experienced teachers can find some amazing resources for History Day programs in their schools through the Minnesota History Day's Master Teacher Network. Find a teacher working with History Day in a similar grade or content area and see how they work with NHD!
2011 Theme Logo
FREE CURRICULUM MATERIALS TO ENGAGE STUDENT HISTORIANS
National History Day in Wisconsin provides many free materials that are essential for running a successful program in your school. Included on your 2011 Curriculum CD you will find materials to:
  • Introduce students to the 2011 NHD theme with the theme sheet, national theme book, or theme activities.
  • Inspire student topic selection and interest with national and Wisconsin topic ideas.
  • Provide year-long guidance with updated student and teacher guides.
  • Overview the program with the NHD rulebook.
  • Show project samples.
  • Share ready-made PowerPoints on a variety of topics with your students. 
Sign up online for a free CD!
Teacher Workshop
INTRODUCTION TO NHD IN GREEN BAY AND MADISON
Our Making History Day Happen workshops 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!
  • 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)
Sign up online!
Colonial Williamsburg
FREE WORKSHOP IN BROOKFIELD PRESENTED BY COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG

Join staff from Colonial Williamsburg in Brookfield on Saturday, November 6, 2010 for a free day of exciting sessions on on early American history as well as engaging and innovative instructional strategies. 

  • Investigate topics including daily life during the colonial period, how to use portraits, paintings, and prints in the classroom, and the difficult choices faced by African Americans at the beginning of the American Revolution.
  • Step back in time and meet people from the past such as Peyton Randolph, the first president of the Continental Congress, and Lydia Broadnax, a slave to Thomas Jefferson's law tutor George Wythe, and discover how the events of the American Revolution shaped their lives and decisions.
  • Get free instructional resources and materials.

For more information or to register, e-mail to Emily Krapf at ekrapf@cwf.org by Friday, October 29, 2010.

Teacher in Archives
GO BEYOND THE BASICS OF NHD: NOVEMBER 13
Are you interested in taking a closer look at National History Day to strengthen your own school's program? Join us in Milwaukee on Saturday, November 13 for a free workshop! We will take a look at several key points in any NHD project - including research, argument, and project design. Learn more or sign up on our website!
Web Site Category Students
BE AN EXPERT ON HISTORY DAY WEBSITES
Join us for a free worskhop and learn about the NHD website category. No prior web experience necessary! Participants will discuss the theory behind web design and how it can be successfully applied to History Day projects. Bring your laptops! Participants will also have the chance to create their own website to share with their students. Learn more or register online!
Classroom Presentations
FREE CLASSROOM PRESENTATIONS ABOUT NHD
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.
Sarah Michele and SarahTHANKS FOR READING!
Be the first to reply to this email to win a free VHS sample project, "King of Hearts: Dr. Lillehei's Medical Odyssey."

We appreciate your support of National History Day in Wisconsin.  We are excited to have you as part of our program!

Sincerely,

Sarah Aschbrenner, State Coordinator
National History Day in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Historical Society 
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