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Welcome to Rhode Island History Day!

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Rhode Island History Day in 2021 is off and running! We are excited for you to explore this year's theme, "Communication in History: The Key to Understanding." You can visit this page on National History Day's website to learn more about the theme and download theme resources. In 2021, National History Day will also use it's brand new rule book. You view the rule book as a PDF by visiting this page. More specific information about the new rules and changes can be found on the student and teacher pages, which you can navigate to thorugh the tabs at the top of this page. 

 

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Learn About Our Student Winners from the 2020 Contest Season!

 

To view our virtual awards ceremony from the Rhode Island state competition, click here. You can also view a list of our category award winners here and our special award winners here. To view the showcase of all 2020 Rhode Island student projects, visit this website

Below is information about the Rhode Island student winners at the national competition. To view all student entries and winners from Nationals, visit this page

Avary Serpa, 7th grader at St. Philomena’s School in Portsmouth, R.I.and finalist in the Junior Individual Performance category, received the Native American History Special Prize, sponsored by the National Park Service, for her project, “The Syllabary that Shaped Cherokee Nation.” Two students were also recognized with outstanding affiliate entry awards for Rhode Island: Maggie Peterson, 7th grader at St. Mary’s Academy – Bay View in East Providence, was awarded the outstanding Rhode Island junior entry for her exhibit, “Eunice Kennedy Shriver: Opening Doors for Equality and Inclusion.” Lily Trunzo, 9th grader at Ponaganset High School in North Scituate, was awarded the outstanding Rhode Island senior entry for her website, “Julia Child: Trailblazing a New Path in Culinary Exploration Within American Homes.”

 

You can view the Welcome Ceremony for the 2020 National Contest here and you can view the Awards Ceremony for the 2020 National Contest here


                                               

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For the "Virtual NHD Works!" PDF with clickable links, click here

 

If you have any questions about Rhode Island History Day or want to get involved, please email the RI State Coordinator, Samantha Hunter, at rhodeisland@nhd.org. 

 

Rhode Island History Day is an affiliate of National History Day, a highly regarded curriculum enhancement program for students in grades 6-12. Rhode Island has participated in National History Day for 36 years with our first national competition in June of 1983.

The 2020 virtual state contest was hosted on April 10-17. RI students from public, private and parochial schools from Newport to Woonsocket participated in this exciting academic competition. Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide, participate in the NHD contest. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. 

In 2020, Rhode Island History Day served just under 1,500 students statewide. 

                        

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Check out this video to hear from students about how participating in National History Day helped prepare them for college and learn valuable lessons for success. 

 

The Rhode Island contest is coordinated by:

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Welcome Students, to Rhode Island History Day!

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Visit this page to learn more about the 2021 theme, "Communication in History: The Key to Understanding." 

NHD is an excellent opportunity for you to develop your research skills, creatively express your research findings, and meet other driven students who share your passion for history. This page is meant to serve as a quick reference, full of important information for NHD students, including links to helpful resources. 

On this page, you'll find 2021 Topic Videos from NHD Partners.

If you are starting your project virtually and/or will need to submit your project virtually in case we can't have an in-person contest, please review the virtual category guidelines and procedures. You can always reach out with questions or concerns!


Announcements

Free Webinar with the American Folklife Center Archives and National History Day: Enhancing NHD Projects Through Music

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Join National History Day and the American Folklife Center Archives for a live discussion about "unclocking rhythms" and enhancing NHD projects through music. 

This webinar will be held on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 7:00 ET. You can register for the webinar here.

Welcome Teachers, to Rhode Island History Day!

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We are thrilled that you are interested in having your students participate in National History Day in Rhode Island and we look forward to supporting you in implementing NHD in your classroom!

 

For the "Virtual NHD Works!" PDF with clickable links, click here

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Visit this page to learn more about the 2021 theme, "Communication in History: The Key to Understanding." 

 

This page is meant to serve as a quick reference, full of important information for NHD teachers, including links to helpful resources.

 

On this page, you'll find 2021 Topic Videos from NHD Partners.

Check out this Google Folder, the "NHD Virtual Teacher Bag," for resources from all sorts of organizations and NHD Partners. The bag is being updated all the time so be sure to check back and see what's new!

On this page, you'll find all of NHD's "Teaching History Virtually" videos. Each video focuses on one virtual teaching skill and there are 7 videos! 

If your students are starting their projects virtually and/or will need to submit their projects virtually in case we can't have an in-person contest, please review the virtual category guidelines and procedures. You and your students can always reach out with questions or concerns!

For student and teacher videos about various topics including mining Wikipedia, smart searching, using Google Books and more, visit National History's Day YouTube channel


Educational Opportunities for Teachers

National History Day is accepting applications for their 2021 Historical Argumentation Webinar Series! There is a slot available for one RI teacher and applications will be accepted through November 6, 2020. View the PDF with more information and clickalbe link here

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THE NEXT GENERATION ANGELS AWARD “STUDENTS TEACHING TEACHERS” FORUM. Learn more and register here

THE NEXT GENERATION ANGELS SECOND ANNUAL STUDENT HISTORY DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL. Learn more and register your class here.

 

Free Webinar with the American Folklife Center Archives and National History Day: Enhancing NHD Projects Through Music

Unlocking rhythms - SM (3).png

Join National History Day and the American Folklife Center Archives for a live discussion about "unclocking rhythms" and enhancing NHD projects through music. 

This webinar will be held on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 7:00 ET. You can register for the webinar here.

 


Announcements

Click here for the Sept. 3rd teacher workshop, "Getting Started with Rhode Island History Day in 2021," presentation and recording. The recording is on the second slide of the presentation. 

Click here for the Sept. 21st teacher workshop, "Primary and Secondary Sources + Citations," presentation and recording. The recording is on the second slide of the presentation.

Click here for the Oct. 1st teacher workshop, "NHD 101 with master educator, Dr. Thalia Wood," recording. You can access Dr. Wood's NHD Google Classroom by using this information: 

https://classroom.google.com/c/Mzc5MTcxMjkzMDVa?cjc=d4x3f2u Code:  d4x3f2u

Click here for the Oct. 19th teacher workshop, "2021 Theme Discussion and Exploring Local Topics," presentation and recording. The recording is on the second slide of the presentation. 

View the recording of the webinar with the National Endowment for the Humanities and National History Day: The President, the Press, and the Public in U.S. History here

Welcome Judges, to National History Day in Rhode Island!

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Judges are crucial to the success of National History Day, not only through deploying their expertise in evaluating the students' projects, but more importantly, by providing supportive feedback, which helps students improve their overall history skills. 

At the state contest, judges are assigned a specific category as well as a division (age group) and will evaluate only the entries within that grouping. You will be able to select your preferences of categories that you would like to judge during the online registration process and will be placed (as best we can) within one of your top choices. Judging teams will be grouped by these placements, then further constructed based on expertise and area of focus to provide a comprehensive and well-rounded team composition.

The 2021 NHD theme is "Communication in History: The Key to Understanding." You can learn more about the theme here.  Each entry will relate to that theme and students produce their work in the form of historical papers, exhibits, documentaries, websites, and performances. The contest levels are grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. A separate panel will judge each category and each entry competes against others at the same level.

You can learn more about the NHD rules by viewing this PDF of the rule book

To learn more about each category and its specific rules, explore its unique evaluation form:

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