Wisconsin Historical Society National History Day in Wisconsin Update

November 2011
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This month we have a variety of items and ideas for interested and participating NHD educators, including theme information, workshop opportunities, and tons of great online resources. Read on to learn more!
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KEY QUESTION: DO I HAVE TO CONNECT TO ALL THREE ASPECTS OF THE THEME?
Students across the state are in the midst of topic selection and beginning NHD research. This question - do I have to connect to all three aspects of the NHD theme - has come up in classroom presentations and made a few appearances in the recent theme discussion by the NHD national office.  
  • The short answer, is no. There is no rule that says that students MUST connect to all aspects of the annual theme. In addition, if students do address all aspect of the theme, there is no rule that says that the students must address all three aspects equally in their project. 
  • However, the ideas of revolution, reaction, and reform are often related. We have encouraged students to look for all three aspects of the theme in their topic and to look for topics that could connect to all three. The depth of student analysis and theme connection is going to be better when they aren't ignoring one vital aspect of the theme that may connect to their topic.
  • While we encourage students to look for connections to all three aspects of the theme, "don't attempt to shoehorn all three in if they do not fit." (Consider checking out the NHD in Minnesota blog for their take on the annual theme - as well as a great read to add to your History Day bookmarks.)
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EXHIBIT BOARDS FOR THE CLASSROOM
High-quality exhibit boards are once again available from the NHD in Minnesota program. Teachers and students like these boards because they offer more space than a traditional science fair board at a competitive price. These boards come in black or white with optional title panes also available for purchase. Boards must be purchased in packs of 10 and are available through the Minnesota Historical Society's online store.   
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LEARN MORE ABOUT NHD IN JUST 60 MINUTES

In just 60 minutes you can learn more about National History Day and how to bring the program into your classroom. Our webinars are FREE and easy to use. All you need is a computer, speakers or headphones, and an Internet connection. Our Introduction to NHD Webinar focuses on the structure and framework of the NHD program. The NHD Implementation Webinar discusses strategies and frameworks that educators can use in their own classroom.  

  • Webinar: Introduction to NHD
    • Monday, November 7 (3:30 - 4:30 pm)
    • Thursday, December 1 (3:30 - 4:30 pm)   
  • Webinar: NHD Implementation
    • Monday, November 14 (3:30 - 4:30 pm)
    • Thursday, December 8 (3:30 - 4:30 pm) 

Registration fees for our workshops and webinars have been waived thanks to the generous support of Carroll Heideman. Visit our website to learn more or or register.

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TEACHING TOOLS FOR NHD FROM THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES

Check out the special page just for National History Day on the National Archives website. They've pulled together a great collection of documents and lessons related to the 2012 NHD theme, "Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History," including topic ideas and primary sources.


ARCHIVAL RESEARCH TOOLS FOR NHD

The Society of American Archivists has developed an online wiki to provide information on using archives for National History Day research. Archival research can be an exciting and rewarding part of the National History Day experience. Check out the "Information for Students and Teachers" section on their website to learn more about these resources. 

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APPLY FOR NHD SUMMER INSTITUTE
National History Day announces an exciting and unique summer institute for teachers and students. In June 2012, fifteen student/teacher teams will engage in a rigorous study of D-Day and World War II. Students and teachers will be immersed in lectures presented by leading World War II historians, participate in a scholarly study of the World War II monuments in the D.C. area and walk in the footsteps of history on the beaches of Normandy.

Complete applications are due on December 1, 2011. More information and application materials are on the national NHD website
COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG WORKSHOP FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATORS

Colonial Williamsburg is offering an exciting opportunity for middle and high school teachers to attend the Colonial Williamsburg Teaching American History Conference, "Bringing History to Life in Your Classroom: The American Experiment in Self Government" on Saturday, November 12, 2011 in Madison. Thanks to the generosity of a Colonial Williamsburg donor, there is no registration fee or materials charge for this conference.  

 

Registered teachers will participate in sessions that explore historical events in American history from colonization to the twentieth century using a conceptual framework: The Great Debate. The Great Debate explores enduring issues in the development of our Republic through the ongoing debate of American values such as freedom and equality, unity and diversity, private wealth and common wealth, and law and ethics.

 

If you would like to register for this workshop, contact Emily Krapf at (757) 565-8916 or  ekrapf@cwf.org by November 7, 2011.

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Sarah Michele and SarahTHANKS FOR READING!
Thank you for reading! The first person to respond to this email will win a "September 11th Personal Stories of Transformation" DVD Toolkit of Primary Sources for the Classroom.

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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