In June, the 7th grade students were introduced to NHD and this year's theme, "Triumph and Tragedy in History." Students were asked to provide me with a tentative topic related to the theme, a book they would read this summer, and what format they will choose for their project by mid June. Our first quarter project will revolve around that reading, and it will be due in late September.
BIG NEWS: 2018-19 Regional Contest Date for SSPJ: Sat. March 2nd Rutgers University—Camden Camden, Gloucester, Mercer, Cape May, Atlantic, Cumberland, Salem, Burlington, Hunterdon, Warren
If you are creating a website entry: please note: "When creating an NHD Weebly website the items required by a student include a username and password. The username can be anything and does not require a name or anything relating specifically to the student. Also, an email address is optional at sign up and is only ever used as password recovery. Even if students do not use an email address they can reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for password reset requests."
A few tips:
Please visit the National History Day website, www.nhd.org, for all the information you need to get started. This includes examples of all format categories. If you want to see what a good website looks like, for example, see www.nhd.org
Please visit the 2019 Theme book site. This pdf contains A LOT of information on the theme, creating projects, etc. http://nhd.org/sites/default/files/2019themebook.pdf
New Jersey National History Day also has its own site, http://www.wpunj.edu/coe/departments/professional-development-schoolcommunity-partnership/njhistory/. The site is currently under construction but will be helpful.
I held a parent meeting on the basics of NHD on Sep. 27.
Students will be using Noodletools this year to manage their bibliography and research. We will have several classes on how to navigate this wonderful web-based research platform. Please see https://noodletools.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/6000053400-noodletools-quick-guide-for-students. This is a quick guide for using Noodletools, including how to submit to me.
Please visit this page throughout the year to keep informed of NHD deadlines, etc. As soon as dates are posted, I will post them here. I will also post important and useful websites for research and primary sources, as well as webinars.
There have been A LOT of questions about citing primary sources found in secondary sources. Please see http://library.athenaeum.edu/c.php?g=30824&p=193176 for information on how to do this.
Useful websites for primary sources:
From the History Detectives:
http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/educators/technique-guide/online-resources/ Some wonderful online resources
http://www.womenshistory.org/students-and-educators/national-history-day (National Women's History Museum)
Umbra Search (African-American history primary sources)
http://primarysourcenexus.org/2017/08/nhd-2018-conflict-compromise-topic-ideas-u-s-history-early-19th-century/ (Primary sources US History)
https://www.archives.gov/education/history-day/online.html Sources from the (National Archives sorted into time periods. Very useful.)
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ (historical newspapers from 1789-1925 from the Library of Congress. HINT: NHD judges LOVE the use of historical newspapers in research!)
https://www.docsteach.org/documents?filter_searchterm=2017+Summer+Workshop+at+the+Truman+Library&searchType=exact&filterEras=&filterDocTypes=&sortby=relevance&filter_order=&filter_order_Dir=&rt=j8cBsPFSeKTL&reset=1 Primary sources from the Truman Library
https://www.docsteach.org/documents?filter_searchterm=2017+Summer+Workshop+at+the+Eisenhower+Library&searchType=exact&filterEras=&filterDocTypes=&filter_order=&filter_order_Dir=&rt=LWre29NdJBbL&reset=1 Primary sources from the Eisenhower Library
https://www.docsteach.org/documents?filter_searchterm=2017+summer+workshop+in+Washington%2C+D.C.&searchType=exact&filterEras=&filterDocTypes=&sortby=relevance&filter_order=&filter_order_Dir=&rt=Z5fGjuPQWEvK&reset=1 Primary sources on suffrage movement
https://catalog.archives.gov/search?q=*:*&f.ancestorNaIds=644280&sort=naIdSort%20asc Issued weekly by the U.S. Army, "Newsmap" was distributed to members of the military and provided news about the progress of World War II. They include information, photos, illustrations, and maps, and were designed for posting on bulletin boards or other display areas.
ABC Clio (password protected) Very useful for secondary sources (articles) as well as primary sources.
https://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/sbook1k.asp Medieval sources, especially for the Crusades