I wanted to make a post about some of the good work that is happening with National History Day in Minnesota at North Education Center. We are in our second year of History Day implementation, and are making a more coordinated effort to provide more instructional support for students and teachers who are participating. Through that effort we’ve assembled some really great resources for teaching History Day, and some of these materials would be useful for teaching other history lessons and units as well.
First thing is our History Day resource folder. This is shared with everyone in 287. We’ve tried to sort these materials in a way that is helpful and have included some screen-cast videos to help teachers navigate the project. We will likely add more videos over the next several weeks as classes at NEC get deeper into the project.
Then I just want to highlight a few of the materials that are in here. First, for History Day, specifically, there are a couple great ways for students to find an interesting topic (other than the obvious ones or first topics that come to mind). We have access to a video database of topics as well as this Novice Topic List created by MNHS.
Secondly (and this is the stuff that is applicable outside of History Day, itself) check out this Link Library and Project Worksheets. In particular, I really like the guides for examining primary sources. These worksheets are very accessible for different ages and skill levels, and I think do a fantastic job of getting students to slow down and really conduct research in an intentional, academic manner.
I welcome any feedback you might have on these materals (which I did not create, but helped to assemble) and I would love to hear from anybody who is teaching History Day this year!