Explorations in Historical Research Elective 7th Grade

This course is modeled after the National History Day research and presentation structure in which students engage in the historical research process and present their findings in the form of a historical paper, documentary, website, performance, or exhibit.  Students will become experts on a topic of their choice as they analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources.  Students will think critically in order to draw conclusions about their topics connection to the annual History Day theme, the multiple perspectives involved as well as their topics overall impact on history.  All students will have their projects evaluated using the criteria set forth by National History Day and those who choose to take this course during the fall semester will have the opportunity to enter their projects in a series of contests at the local and possibly state and national level.  Students are encouraged to bring their own technology for research purposes.
According to a recent study compiled by National History Day, students who participate in the History Day research process 
  • perform better than non-History Day peers on state standardized tests
  • are better writers, able to provide solid evidence to support their points
  • learn 21st century career and college ready skills
  • are critical thinkers who can digest and analyze information

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