Participation in History Day requires that students master many skills. Many of these skills dovetail with current Standards and Benchmarks defined by the D.C. Everest School District.
Through participation in History Day, the student will: Demonstrate understanding of history by: Creating a History Day entry on a specific topic and understanding its relationship to other events.
Develop and use critical thinking skills involved in comprehension: Identifying events in sequence, discriminating between facts and opinions, recognizing cause and effect, drawing inferences and reaching conclusions, and recognizing attitudes and emotions. Develop and use critical thinking skills involved in decision-making: Develop objectivity and open mindedness, defining problems, considering alternatives, drawing conclusions, and clarifying values.
Develop and use creative ways to solve problems by: Identifying the central problem, locating sources of information and evaluating their reliability, organizing, analyzing and interpreting information using information to test hypotheses, draw conclusions, and offer solutions.
Use library sources effectively by: Organizing and classifying related facts, using primary and secondary sources, using a dictionary, map, atlas, almanac, and other reference works by skimming for information, using a glossary and an index, and developing work and study habits. Demonstrate a clear understanding of writing mechanics by: Using clear, grammatical, and correctly spelled written material, building an annotated bibliography outlining a topic's presentation, and learning effective essay/paragraph writing.
Develop personal and interpersonal skills by: Developing an efficient method of time management for independent study, learning to work with others as a team to produce an entry, developing methods of presenting self and information in an effective manner.
Place her/his project in an historical context by: Finding out what happened before and after his/her topic.
Present a balanced interpretationby: Critical use of available resources.
Learn about historyby: Integrating the materials and methods of social studies, art , sciences, literature, language, and music into their presentations and papers.
The History Day Program aims to: Provide teachers with an innovative teaching tool. Celebrate and build on the strengths of students as creative, capable learners. Provide a framework for hands-on, student centered learning that guides classroom teaching as well as continuous professional development. Use compelling themes to develop the multiple intelligences of children, making the academic curriculum more meaning and accessible to all students. Encourage students to move beyond the classroom and into the community to investigate history. Encourage students to develop a sense of history as a process of change, a multifaceted development over time that affects every aspect of human life and society. Motivate students through the excitement of competition and through recognition for their work. Involve parents and other members of the community in the students' education. Expose students to new and exciting educational environments by holding contests on college campuses and at historical societies.