History Day '19: Triumph and Tragedy

  • Each year, the National History Day office chooses a theme to help students direct their research to show a connection between the theme and their topics. The themes that are chosen are broad, allowing students to research topics on all levels from local history to ancient history. In order to draw a connection to the theme, students must understand the historical significance of their topic and answer questions about time, place, and context. Understanding the impact and significance of the topic will help define why the topic is important and draw this connection to the theme.

    The 2019 History Day theme is “Triumph and Tragedy”.

    For more information, including topic ideas, the official theme book, resources, etc, please visit the Minnesota History Day.

    * Important Note for Students and Parents: Please check Schoology to see a stp by step process that you can follow to make History Day more successful. Follow the tips, tricks and stretgies docuements as well as see student samples that have qulaified for Minnesota State History Day and the National History Day Competition in Maryland.

  • Are you interested to see what has made it to Nationals in the past? Check out this link to see different ways you could do your project!

  • Annotated Bibliography

    Annotated Bibliography

    Annotated Bibliographies

    Annotated Bibliographies, often known as ABs or Annotated Bibs, are not as complicated as one might assume. The AB is simply a list of all the sources you used and how you have used them throughout your project. You shuld include two different sections on your annotated bibliogray: Primary Sources and Secondary Sources. History Day is very particular about what format you should use. We need to make sure that all of our sources are cited using MLA Style.

    * Remember to check out Schoology, where you will find more tips, samples, etc.

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  • Process Paper

    Process Paper

    Process Paper

    A process paper is a very important part of your History Day project and students who are competing in the Capitol Hill Competition must have one. The process paper is the judges first impression about your project and also serves as a reflection about your project as a whole. There are several components that must be included in the process paper.

    * Remember to check out Schoology, where you will find more tips, samples, etc.

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  • Primary and Secondary Sources

    Primary and Secondary Sources

    Quality sources are the key to a successful research project. Our History Day annotated bibliographies need to be separated into primary and secondary sources. There are so many great websites out there to help guide your search. Sure, start with a Google search, but if you limit yourself to just this search engine, you’ll find that you are missing a treasure trove of valuable information. Remember though, just because you saw it in Google, does not automatically make it a great quality source.

    REMEMBER... use different search terms to maximize your potential. Don’t forget to ask your social studies teacher for assistance.

    * Remember to check out Schoology, where you will find more tips, samples, etc.

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  • History Day 2018 Capitol Hill Results

    History Day 2018 Capitol Hill Results

    Congratulations to the record-tying 61 students (36 different projects) who will be advancing to the St. Paul Regional competition for Minnesota History Day!

    The Social Studies Department would like to say a GREAT BIG "Congrats!" to all the students who did and did not compete for a spot in this year's event. It was great to see the passion our students had for their topics and the creative ways in which they became budding historians. Remember, while the projects may be done for most students, the skills that you have learned will be used far beyond social studies classrooms!

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  • 2015 History Day Results

    2015 History Day Results

    The Social Studies Department would like to say a GREAT BIG "Thank You" to all of the volunteer History Day Judges who gave of their time and energy over the last two days to make our school-wide Showcase and Judging Event a great success!. Our students felt very well cared for and you did an excellent job making them feel at ease and helping US make some very hard decisions about who will advance to regional competition next month.

    With that said, here are the final results. These are the 58 students and the 33 projects that will be going to the St. Paul Regional event on March 14th.

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2019 NHD Theme Book

  • Do you know what National History Day is and what it can do to help rpepare students to become better researchers? Check out everything you need to know about this amazing hands on program by browsing the 2019 National History Day Official Themebook

2019 NHD Theme Sheet

2019 Minnesota Narrative

  • Minnesota History Day has put together a one page overview describing what each of the theme words means, how to make a connection and how to start choosing a topic.

  • 2019 RULE BOOK
    Rules for all categories can be found on pages 14 -19
    Papers - Page 20
    Exhibits - Page 23
    Performance - Page 26
    Documentary - Page 28
    Website - Page 31