Welcome to the Rhode Island History Day

Important Dates & Times

Saturday April 09, 2022 at 12:00 PM

Welcome to Rhode Island History Day!

Congratulations to the following Rhode Island individuals and teams who won awards and earned special recognitions for their projects during the 2022 National History Day competition!

 

John and Joshua Maynard of East Greenwich, ninth graders from Toll Gate High School, for their exhibit The Compromise of 1877
Teacher: Thalia Wood and Sharon Franco
Second Place in the Senior Division Group Exhibit category
This team was also chosen to be featured in the Exhibit Showcase hosted by the National Museum of American History and National History Day


Alexis Adamonis and Regan Brodey of Warwick, eight graders from Winman Junior High School, for their documentary The Longhouse of Democracy
Teacher: Anibal Raposo
Outstanding Affiliate Entry in the Junior Division
This team was also awarded the Tomaquag Museum prize in the Rhode Island State Contest

 

Riley McCormick of Chepachet, a tenth grader at Ponaganset High School, for her documentary Terror in Tehran: How the Iran Hostage Crisis Changed Diplomacy
Teacher: Christopher Stanley
Outstanding Affiliate Entry in the Senior Division

 

 

Rhode Island State Contest Winners:

2022 Category Award Winners!

 

2022 Special Award Winners!

 

T-Shirt Design Winner

Harrison Kolodzi
Saint Philomena School
Grade 6

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Button Design Winner

Jameson Schreiner
Tiverton Middle School
Grade 8

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To order a T-shirt or a mug with the button design, visit our Bonfire Shop

This year's theme is "Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences." You can visit this page on National History Day's website to learn more about the theme and download theme resources. In 2022, National History Day will use its current rule book which you can view 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 through the tabs at the top of this page. 

 

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State Contest Timeline

             

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If you have any questions about Rhode Island History Day or want to get involved, please email the RI State Coordinator 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 38 years with our first national competition in June of 1983.

RI students from public, private and parochial schools from Newport to Woonsocket participate 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's 2022 Contest!

The Rhode Island Historical Society is proud to host the 38th annual Rhode Island History Day on April 9th, 2022 at Toll Gate High School.  

 

Schedule

8:45 a.m. Check-in opens

9:15-12:00 p.m. First rounds of judging

11:00-12:45 p.m. Run-off rounds of judging

12:45-1:45 p.m. Exhibit Showcase

2:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony

 

(National History Day has announced that the National contest held in June will be virtual)

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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. 

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

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Project Submission Guidelines

Although we plan to hold in-person competitions in 2022, all students must submit virtual versions of their projects for judges to review in advance and in case state or local restrictions require that we hold virtual contests. Project submissions are due by the registration deadline of March 11.

NOTE: For performances and exhibits, students will submit a recording of their performance or images of their exhibit, but they will present their physical exhibit boards and perform for judges in person!

See the following instructions for each NHD project category, and email your RI State Coordinators with any questions.

 

Exhibit Submission Guidelines

Performance Submission Guidelines

Documentary Submission Guidelines

Website Submission Guidelines

Paper Submission Guidelines

Also visit this page for more information about your category, project checklists, what your judges' evaluation form looks like, and project examples.

Registration begins January 4! 2022 Student Registration Step-By-Step Instructions

 


Workshops

New England Region Virtual Workshops: 

Introduction to NHD and 2022 Theme. View the recording of the October 6 webinar here. 

NHD Webcentral Training with Alaina McNaughton from the NHD National office. View the recording of the November 1 webinar here.

Primary Sources, Annotated Bibliographies, and Student Voice. We'll practice primary source analysis, discuss how to approach wide research in an annotated bibliography, and explore techniques for highlighting your own student voice in your project. View the recording of the December 15 webinar here.  The slide deck is available here.

Documentary Production in the ClassroomView the recording of the January 12 webinar here.  The slide deck is available here.

Evaluating Sources when Researching Indigenous People in History.  View the recording of the January 26 webinar here.

 

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

Welcome Teachers, to Rhode Island History Day's 2022 Contest!

The Rhode Island Historical Society is proud to host the 38th annual Rhode Island History Day on April 9th, 2022 at Toll Gate High School. Though we plan to hold our 2022 National History Day competitions in person. However, we are also requiring students to submit their materials virtually for all five project categories by the March 11 registration deadline. This will allow judges more time with projects and will help us switch to a virtual contest if health guidelines change. See "Project Submission Guidelines" on the "Student's Main" page for instructions.  Teachers, please contact us at rhodeisland@nhd.org if your school contest is late and you need a deadline extension.  

Make sure your students see that we have a t-shirt and button design contest! They can learn more on the "Student's Main" tab

 

Registration begins January 4! Step-By-Step Teacher Registration Instructions are Here

National History Day has announced that the National contest held in June will be virtual

Visit this page to learn more about the 2022 theme,

"Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.

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Workshops

Thanks to the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Regional Program*, we were able to provide four fabulous virtual workshops for you through the project Using the Library of Congress Archives in Student Research and Historical Argumentation

Recordings from all four sessions and related materials can be found here!

*This project is sponsored in part by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region Program, coordinated by Waynesburg University.”

 

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New England Region Virtual Workshops: 

Introduction to NHD and 2022 Theme. View the recording of the October 6 webinar here. 

NHD Webcentral Training with Alaina McNaughton from the NHD National office. View the recording of the November 1 webinar here.

Primary Sources, Annotated Bibliographies, and Student Voice. We'll practice primary source analysis, discuss how to approach wide research in an annotated bibliography, and explore techniques for highlighting your own student voice in your project. View the recording of the December 15 webinar hereThe slide deck is available here.

Documentary Production in the Classroom. View the recording of the January 12 webinar here.  The slide deck is available here

Evaluating Sources when Researching Indigenous People in History. View the recording of the January 26 webinar here.


2022 Contest Year 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! 

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

 

 

 

 


For a step-by-step guide to registering for the RI affiliate contest as a teacher, watch this video

 

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

Welcome Judges, to Rhode Island History Day's 2022 Contest!

The Rhode Island Historical Society is proud to host the 38th annual Rhode Island History Day on April 9th, 2022 at Toll Gate High School. Though we plan to hold our 2022 National History Day competitions in person. However, we are also requiring students to submit their materials virtually for all five project categories by the March 11 registration deadline. This will allow judges more time with projects and will help us switch to a virtual contest if health guidelines change.  

Judging looks different this year!  Even if you have served as a judge in the past, please read through the information on this page!

 


 

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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 2022 Rhode Island History Day state contest will be held in person! The 2022 NHD theme is "Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences." 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

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How Does Judging Work?

 

During our contest season, NHD Judges will:

  • Sign up in advance on our registration website.
  • Attend a virtual judge orientation and/or watch a judge orientation video, and review judge training materials.  (We will send out orientation materials closer to the contest.)
  • Review projects materials in advance, which you and your team will receive about a week in advance of the contest.
  • Provide constructive feedback on project digital rubrics
  • On the day of the contest:
    • Work with your judge team to interview all student teams
    • Select the strongest project to advance to the next round of the competition
    • Finalize your feedback for each project and submit the digital rubrics 

Judges can expect to be on site from 8:00 to 1:00 depending on rounds.  Round schedules will be sent out ahead of time.  Breakfast and lunch will be served.

 

As a judge, you are responsible for the following:

  • Contact us as soon as possible if you cannot fulfill your commitment to judge.
  • Pay careful attention as you review the projects so that you can evaluate them well. Students have worked for months on their projects and are looking forward to this opportunity to share their work.
  • Alert RI History Day staff to any conflicts of interest, including students you know personally or schools with which you have a close relationship.
  • Set aside personal bias for or against topics. Judge each project based on the merits of the evidence and historical claim that the student presents.
  • Contact RI History Day staff immediately if there are problems. We are here to help!

 

Timeline of Judging Events

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Judge Training

All judges will be asked to attend a Zoom Judges Orientation prior to our competition and to review judging orientation materials in advance. The orientation for our State Competition will take place on March 22, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.  The session will be recorded for those who cannot attend live.

In addition, judges will receive judging packets with information on how this year's judging experience will work.  We appreciate your time and will do our best to make this experience rewarding for everyone involved!  If you have any questions, please contact us at rhodeisland@nhd.org.

 

Registering as a Judge

Judges may register now! You can find Step-by-step registration instructions here

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

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

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