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2017 Contest Information - Taking A Stand In History

The annual theme for the 2017 National History Day contest season is ‘Taking A Stand In History.’ Students will look at any area in history and across any geographic region to find examples of individuals, groups or nations taking a risk by taking a stand. Projects are not limited to just history or social studies. Topics covered in Economics, Geography, Art and Science can all fit this theme. With each topic selection, students must ask themselves, “Why is my topic important in history?”

Contest Materials:

Regional Map
2017 Theme Sheet & Sample Topics
2017 Theme Book
Contest Rule Book
Reglamento del Concurso en Espanol

Regional Contest Dates:

Lafayette: March 11, 2017
Baton Rouge: March 25, 2017
Shreveport: March 11, 2017
New Orleans: March 25, 2017
Monroe: March 11, 2017

2017 Contest Update

The State contest will take place on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Registration is now closed for this year's contest.

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Become a Louisiana History Day Judge

We are looking for teachers and professors, historians, undergraduate and graduate students, museum professionals, or anyone with a love of history and community to help judge this year’s National History Day contests! No prior experience necessary besides enthusiasm and interest in evaluating student work.

Judging is an integral part of the History Day process. The feedback that students get is critical to their growth as researchers. Most of the students will not pursue history as their college major or career choice, but the skills that students use in creating their History Day projects will apply to any college and career path they choose. The National WWII Museum is always looking for judges who possess knowledge of history and great communication skills. You do not need a Ph.D. in history to serve as a judge. The most important part of the judging process is communication skills. Students will want clear suggestions for how to improve their project.

The judge sign-up form allows you to request a specific regional contest at which you will judge as well as preferred project categories that align with your profession or experience. If you have no preference, no problem! We'll find a category that needs your help. Before each contest you will receive your judging assignment with information on the category you will be judging along with a contest rule book to read through prior to the event. The packet you receive will also contain information about what time you will need to arrive at the competition location for your judge orientation session and further instructions.

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National History Day Meets the Common Core Standards

Creating a National History Day project pulls together a multitude of the Common Core Standards. National History Day students are tasked with becoming critical readers who can identify different types of sources, identify bias in sources, create logical arguments, and orally defend their work. Beyond meeting the standards, National History Day students are prepared for the research they will face in college. Using a library, citing sources, and accepting constructive criticism are hallmarks of college students who have participated in National History Day.

Download the Louisiana History Day Correlations to the Common Core Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and the Technical Subjects.

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Contact Us

For questions about Louisiana History Day or your WWII-themed History Day project:

Collin Makamson, Louisiana History Day Coordinator
(504) 528-1944 ext 304
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Louisiana History Day thanks the Irv & Bee Apatoff Foundation, Louise H. Moffett Family Foundation and the Mitchiner-Gittinger Foundation for their support of the 2016 Louisiana History Day Contests.

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Student Travel – WWII Educational Tours
High school and college students, learn the leadership principles that helped win WWII on a trip to France or during a weeklong residential program in New Orleans. College credit is available, and space is limited.

See You Next Year! HS Yearbooks from WWII
Collected from across the United States, the words and pictures of these yearbooks present a new opportunity to experience the many challenges, setbacks and triumphs of the war through the eyes of America’s youth.

The Victory Gardens of WWII
Visit the Classroom Victory Garden Project website to learn about food production during WWII, find lesson plans and activities for elementary students, get tips for starting your own garden and try out simple Victory Garden recipes!

The Science and Technology of WWII
Visit our new interactive website to learn about wartime technical and scientific advances that forever changed our world. Incorporates STEM principles to use in the classroom.

Kids Corner: Fun and Games!
Make your own propaganda posters, test your memory, solve puzzles and more! Learn about World War II and have fun at the same time.

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