History Day can be described as engaging students in discovering of historical, cultural and social experiences of the past. It is anticipated that these "hidden gems" or nuggets that students discover about the past will invoke excitement through hands-on experience, later demonstrating their findings (research) through presentation. The theme for History Day 2015 is Leadership & Legacy in History. With this theme in mind, it is anticipated that students will view history not as mere facts and dates, but willthe historical allowing for historical content to develop a perspective and understanding.
Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) suggests that students select a topic from the below list:
Some of the topics include: American Indians, Crime & Punishment, Environment, Famous Minnesotans, politics, etc.
The first place for students to begin work on their projects is at the library. I have reserved two days (December 11 & February 12) at the Rondo Library that staff from MHS and the University of Minnesota will meet with students to help assist with their topics. If more information is needed (depending on topics), students may be directed to MHS, George Latimer Central Library and/or the collections at the University of Minnesota libraries.
This activity has better prepared me to help assist students with History Day projects. I am now aware of what are good topics/subjects for students to begin with. I also have a better idea of where to look for informational resources and where to refer students for his or her research.