December 13, 2018

NHD 2019: Choosing a Topic for a History Project & Getting Started

The graphic above from the Chicago Metro History Fair (CMHF) is a great encapsulation of how to choose a topic for a history fair project. In addition, ask yourself the questions listed below.

  • Does the topic relate to the 2019 National History Day (NHD) theme: Triumph & Tragedy in History?
  • For Illinois students, does the topic relate to local or Illinois state history?
  • Does the topic really interest you?
  • Do you have a personal connection to the topic? (It’s not necessary but it can be a good thing.)
  • Will you be able to find enough primary and secondary sources to thoroughly research the topic?
  • Why is this topic important?
  • What will people learn from your project?

Below we dig a bit deeper and uncover some strategies from TPS-Barat and CMHF for selecting a topic for your history fair project.

Understanding NHD Projects

Exploring the theme

Each year NHD chooses a particular theme that must be the focus of student projects. For 2019, the theme is Triumph & Tragedy in History. Before doing anything else, make sure you understand the theme.

Investigating topics

Narrowing topic choices

Getting started on your project

Selecting, Using & Citing Sources

Speak Your Mind

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