Welcome to the Prince George's County History Day Contest

Important Dates & Times

Welcome to Prince George's County Public Schools' History Day Contest!

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2019 PGCPS History Day WINNERS!!!

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This year's theme is:
Triumph & Tragedy in History

Contest Date:
Saturday, March 2, 2019

Helpful Resources:

Maryland Humanities Council

National History Day


Contact:
PGCPS Social Studies Office

301-808-8246

 

PGCPS History Day Coordinator:
Amber Heller

amber.heller@pgcps.org

Time:
8:00am - 3:00pm

Location:
Oxon Hill High School
6701 Leyte Drive, Oxon Hill, MD 20745
(map)


Important Dates/Deadlines:

  • Friday, February 1, 2019 - Teacher Registration Deadline 
  • Friday, February 15, 2019 - Student and Judge Registration Deadline
  • Saturday, March 2, 2019 - PGCPS History Day @ Oxon Hill High School
  • Saturday, May 11, 2019 - Maryland State History Day @ University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • June 9-13, 2019 - National History Day Contest @ University of Maryland, College Park

Prince George's County History Day Students


Welcome students! Use this page as a resource to provide you with guidance as you work through the National History Day process. Be sure to check back regularly for updates. Contact your teacher if you have project-specific questions.


NEW: PGCPS HD Parent & Student Welcome Packet

What is History Day?

Guide: How to Create an NHD Project

Getting Started: Choosing a Topic


Digging In: How to Conduct Research


Putting it Together: Creating an Entry

History Day projects can developed in any of five formats; Documentaries, Exhibits, Performances, and Websites can be done as with a group or as an indivudual while Research Papers can only be written as an individual. When deciding which format to use, be sure to consider how best to maximize your talent and also the format that will compliment your topic best.

Documentary

Do you have a passion for audiovisual production? If you, consider building an Historical Documentary for your HD project.

Guide to creating a Documentary for HD

HD Evaluation Form for Documentary

Rules Verification Sheet (Documentary

Exhibit

If a blend of artistic, hands-on design is more your speed, consider creating an Exhibit for your HD project. 

Guide to Building an Exhibit

HD Evaluation Form for Exhibits

Rules Verification Sheet (Exhibit)

Paper

If traditional representation of historical research interests you then consider drafting a Research Paper for your HD project.

Guide to Writing a Research Paper

HD Evaluation Form for Papers

Rules Verification Sheet (Paper)                                                                  

Performance

Have a flair for dramatic acting? Put your talent to work by composing and starring in your own re-creation of the past!

Guide to Building an HD Performance

HD Evaluation Form for Performances

Rules Verification Sheet (Performance)

Other Resources:

NHD Contest Rule Book

National History Day Project Categories

 

Website

Tech-savy? Build a website to give visual impact to your research.

Guide to Creating a Website

HD Evaluation Form for Websites

Rules Verification Sheet (Website)

 

Prince George's County History Day Teachers


Welcome educators! Please use the resources below to assist your instruction and coaching as you guide students through the National History Day process. If you have additional resources to share, please send them to us to post!


 

Date

Topic

Resources

      October                                                                    

Kickoff Event
Theme Exploration          
Topic Selection                                                                                                                        

History Day Promise

Status Report 1: Topic Selection

Connecting to the Theme

November Thesis Workshop
Preliminary Research
Analyzing Resources

Status Report 2: Thesis Statement

Status Report 3: Preliminary Research

Status Report 4: Source Analysis

December Research
Project Construction
Annotated Bibliography

Status Report 5: Annotated Bibliography

January Process Paper
Final Project Revisions

Status Report 6: Process Paper

February School-based History Day Competitions

Winners in school-based competitions receive feedback for revision and register for PGCPS History Day Competition on this site by February 15, 2019 .

 

March PGCPS History Day Competition

Winners from PGCPS History Day competition receive feedback for revision and register for Maryland History Day Competition.

 

April Maryland History Day Competition

Winners from Maryland History competition receive feedback for revision and register for National History Day Competition

 

June

National History Day Competition

 

June 9-13, 2019 at the University of Maryland, College Park

 

Additional Resources:

Prince George's County History Day Judges


Welcome judges and thank you so much for your service! Additional training will be provided on the day of the PGCPS HD Contest, however, please use these resources to familiarize yourself with the process in advance. Do check back for updates!


Prince George's County History looks forward to working with you as a judge for the 2019 PGCPS History Day competition on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at Oxon Hill High School when students in grades 6-12 will arrive from all across Prince George's Countyto compete with History Day projects focused on the theme of “Triumph and Tragedy.”

National History Day Judge Training Video
*Procedures are the same for our local contest*

While most judges include humanities scholars, teachers, librarians, and museum professionals, anyone who wants to support students in this exciting learning experience may judge. You can play an important role by volunteering as a History Day judge – reviewing student projects, interviewing contestants, selecting the winners to advance to the national contest, and providing constructive feedback.

Resources for Judges

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