From the 2017 NHD theme book:
For National History Day students, the 2016-2017 academic year will be filled with research related to the theme Taking a Stand in History. The theme is broad to encourage participants to delve into history, whether it be a topic from the ancient world or the history of their own city. Students need to begin research with secondary sources to gain a broader context, then progress to finding primary sources, and finally make an argument about the effects of a topic in history.
What does it mean to take a stand? To take a stand, one must take a firm position on an issue. Historically, people have taken a stand in support of an issue, such as the demonstrators in Tiananmen Square who protested for greater freedom in China. Sometimes taking a stand involves opposing the status quo—for example, Martin Luther’s act of nailing his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Taking a stand could even involve fighting against a powerful movement, such as Queen Liliuokalani’s fight against annexation to maintain Hawaiian independence. These examples show well-known individuals taking a stand.
How did these people defend their position? When looking at different individuals and groups who took a stand, there are examples of those who used force, words, and economic power to make their voices heard. These people are remembered because they had an impact on history and inspired others to follow them. Remember that there is a difference between opposition and truly taking a stand. What do you think has to happen to move from opposition to taking a stand?
Your project should be able to answer the all-important question of “So what?” Why was your topic important, and why should we study or understand its effects today?
What moves this from being a report to an NHD project is the use of pirmary sources to prove your thesis. In other words, show the evidence to understand the stand.
What are primary sources? MindWalk activity
How "Taking a stand" looks different than opposition:
Be a Good Boy story
How primary sources change your project from report to an exhibit:
Be a Good Boy letter
We practiced using a primary source with a photo analysis activity.
Review the Thesis Statement presentation.
Links to additional resources:
Montana History Topics NHD 2016-2017
State Contest will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 in Bozeman.
Use this matrix to collect your sources. You should try all of them, if they are applicable! You can download another copy if you would like (note it is in Word as well as pdf (below) formats).
Internet Public Library 2 (resources that don't reveal in a Google search!
National Library of Medicine has a special section for 2017 NHD resources.
These websites have many artifacts and primary source documents:
Montana Historical Society website
guides and bibliographies
National Parks Service (100 year Anniversary - there will be many resources!)
Part of the Smithsonian Museums, this is digital access to the artifacts associated with American History. Use an Artifact Analysis sheet below to determine if it is a good match for your project.
Chronicling America - a newspaper digitizing project.
World Book Encyclopedia Online
use the username and password you wrote on your matrix
History and History Classroom for short videos, original articles, maps and other resources.
Okay, we know you are going to use Google. So let's make it work for you. Check out the Chart below:
Remember to always cite your sources:
Use an online bibliography maker such as, Citation Machine (click image),
Remember to cite your images as well. In Google, you can follow the link to "visit page", then right click on the image to see the URL for it. You need to get to the original location of the image; be cautious of using blogs or "boards" such as Pinterest or Flckr which notoriously share collections of other people's images without proper credits.
Use this infographic.
Use this infographic.
"Think like a Historian" questions to consider:
- Close Reading
- Imagining the Setting (Contextualizing)
- Cross-Checking (Corroboration)
- What is history?