October 10, 2021

NHD 2022: Topic Selection, Research, Sources & More

We have compiled a big list of resources to help you dig deep into National History Day projects. Understanding NHD Projects Be sure to read the NHD 2022 rule book carefully! You should also check out this YouTube rules video playlist to review general rules for all NHD project categories, as well as category-specific rules. Explore the categories. Click the orange buttons to learn more about each category. Documentary project checklist evaluation form Ask an NEH … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Science & Technology

Citizen U lessons integrating science and civics Carbon Footprints, Climate, and Civic Causes Electromagnetism, Electric Communication, and Community Mandatory Vaccinations: Yea or Nay The Scientific Method, School Shootings, and Civic Action TB or Not TB: Disease Prevention Vaccinations, Science, and the Law More lesson plans Around the World in 1896 6-8 Earth's Changing Shape Unit 2 Earth Systems Unit 2 How Transportation Transformed America: Going to … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: LOC.gov Teacher-Created Lesson Plans

The Teacher's section on LOC.gov features close to 100 teacher-created lesson plans. As you can see from the image above, lesson plans are listed in alphabetical order and there is a handy search bar to help you easily conduct a keyword search. Use the links below to jump to select groupings of the LOC.gov lesson plans and related PSN teaching resources. All lesson plans Lesson plans by grade level Elementary: Grades 3-5 Middle School: Grades 6-8 High school: Grades … [Read more...]

NHD 2021: Topic Selection, Research, Sources & More

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 2021 National History Day (NHD) theme Communication in History: The Key to Understanding? Does the topic relate to local or 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 … [Read more...]

Analyzing Primary Sources: Technology & Presidential Nominating Conventions

Political conventions have been part of the presidential nominating process for many years, but where conventions are held, who attends, and what happens at them has changed over time. First, analyze sources related to the Democratic Party's national conventions in 1928 and in 1960. What similarities do you see? What differences? In particular, look for evidence of differing technologies. How might changes in technology have affected the 1960 election? 1928 sources Official … [Read more...]

NHD 2020: Movements & Technologies Primary Sources & Resource Lists

The theme for National History Day 2020 is Breaking Barriers in History.  Below we have highlighted some movements and technologies that have sought to break barriers over time. While some of these may be broad, we encourage you to dig into the links to related primary sources and additional resources to find a particular aspect to focus on. Movements Abolition Bonus Army Civil Rights Conservation Harlem Renaissance New Deal & the Works Progress Administration Woman … [Read more...]

Integrating Tech: Post-It App & Primary Source Analysis

In a TPS Network resource album available to the public, elementary teacher librarian and former teacher in residence at the Library of Congress, Tom Bober (@CaptainLibrary), outlines how his students analyzed an historical newspaper article using the See Think Wonder strategy that layered in the Post-it® app for iPad to help organize students' thinking. The analysis activity was followed up by a reading of A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women's Rights. Resources … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Science & Technology

Library collections Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers America's First Look into the Camera: Daguerreotype Photos Around the World in the 1890s: Photographs from the World's Transportation Commission Built in America: Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record Emile Berliner & the Birth of the Recording Industry Finding Our Place in the Cosmos: From Galileo to Sagan and Beyond Frances Benjamin Johnston Gardens and Historic … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Weather

Congress requires US military to collect weather data 1870 Weather Forecasting Among Services to [House] Members Weather forecasting primary source set, includes teacher's guide More weather forecasting primary sources Weather instruments primary source set Weather vanes primary source set Weather bureau primary source set Weather Service primary source set Meteorological stations primary source set Weather emergencies primary source set Weather sheet … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Flight & Planes

The Dream of Flight online exhibition With Wings as Eagles: From Fantasy to Flight (primary source sets documenting the history of flight) Today in History: Wright Brothers First Flight Early Women in Aviation 1910-19: Topics in Chronicling America Introduction & timeline Search strategies & selected articles American Female Pilots 1911-21: Topics in Chronicling America Introduction & timeline Search strategies & selected articles Harriet Quimby … [Read more...]