National History Day
National History Day is an academic contest where students demonstrate critical thinking, reading, writing, and inquiry skills through a historical topic related to the annual theme. Historical topics are more than just about wars and popular leaders. They also include topics like Starbucks and the impact it has had on the coffee industry, McDonalds and the rise of the fast food industry, and Jackie Robinson and the impact of integrating sports.
Students learn to evaluate sources of information. They begin looking at secondary sources and move to primary sources as they learn how to seek out the most accurate information sources. Students then learn to analyze and interpret the information they research. After looking at it in-depth, they draw conclusions about the significance of the topic and the impact that it has on the world today and what it means for tomorrow.
Students take all of this information and present it in one of 5 ways: a paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary, or a web site. Students then compete regionally at the end of February at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington. As a bonus in-between their competition and the awards ceremony, students are able to get a tour of the campus and learn about college life. The top winners at Regionals move on to the State competition at the beginning of May in Seattle, Washington. The top winner in each category at each division level move on to the National competition in June in Baltimore, Maryland. Along the way students earn prizes and scholarships. The National History Channel has been known to buy the rights to documentaries, that are of exceptional value.
In the end, ALL students walk away with life skills of being able to think critically about topics. They gain writing, reading, and thinking skills that will help them be successful in high school, college, and beyond.
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