National History Day Guidelines

National History Day
Leadership & Legacy in History
What is leadership?
“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the
courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion
to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to
be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his
actions and the integrity of his intent.”
(General Douglas MacArthur)
What is a legacy?
• Definition:
anything handed down from the past, as
from an ancestor or predecessor.
• Example: ??
What is history?
“History” = His story (or Her story)
a continuous, systematic narrative of past events as relating to a
particular people, country, period, person, etc., usually written as a
chronological account; chronicle
Explain the following quote:
“Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it.”
Where do I start?!
Reflect on and analyze the questions that you ask about the
world and how things came to be.
Consider the 8th grade curriculum…we are going to stay within
the context of American history. (No, it does not have to be
limited to Georgia.)
Broad topics…
political history
social history military history
economic history
religious history
cultural history
diplomatic history
women’s history
public history
history of government
rural history
family history
ethnic history
labor history
urban history history of education history of the common man
intellectual history
demographic history
environmental history
I would like to study…
• Governments, laws, and who is in control
How people lived
• How money affects peoples’ lives How ideas develop in society
• How people worship and express religious beliefs
How militaries operate
How ordinary people live
Art, culture, music, sports and other forms of
• How nations agree or disagree with each other
How the physical world influences how people live
• How women and other groups earned equal rights in society
• What happens when large groups of people move from one part of the world to another
• The growth and development of cities
The development of the rural parts of a nation
• The history of a particular group of people within a larger society
• The story of my family’s roots
The way workers operate
How governments develop and change over time
Topic Proposal Form
• Part 1: Proposal Description—Who / what do you want to study?
• Part 2: Personal Interest—Why are you interested in studying this
person / event /idea? Submit three research questions that you
hope to answer in the course of your research.
• Part 3: So What?—Why is this important enough for you to
research and present? How does your question represent an
enduring issue in history?
Topic Proposal Form (continued)
• Part 4: Significance in History—Describe why this person/event is
important—explain the historical significance. Give three clear reasons why
this was important to history at a local, state, national, or international level:
• What primary source helped you to establish this significance?
• How do you know this is a reliable source?
• What secondary source helped you to establish this significance?
• How do you know this is a reliable source?
Part 5: What are some credible sources you can use for your research?
Topic Proposal Form (continued)
• Part 6: What type of project do you plan to do?
Web Site
Project Checkpoints
September 19, 2014: Topic Proposal Form due. Use the guidelines in this
presentation to complete your TPF.
Other due dates will depend upon your individual or group project.
January 30, 2015: Project due