Members of the BHS History Club met this afternoon to review the NHD Research Calendar, prepared by Lily Tang.
History Club members plan to meet regularly (either every or every other) Tuesday after school in the rear of the media center.
Everyone should start narrowing down their topic for this year's competition. At our next meeting, you (or your team) will be asked to declare your topic. Scroll down this page and look at our notes from September 24 to review this year's theme. If you are still uncertain about how to narrow down your topic, do not hesitate to stop by Dr. Lee's office (located in the rear of the media center) or email him (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Once you or your team have initially decided on a topic, you should explore possible theses (plural, meaning more than one) for your project. Also consider how it relates to the theme: Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. For example, if you are thinking about Lewis & Clark's Corps of Discovery Expedition as your topic, then the next step is to come up with a formal statement or thesis that connects Lewis & Clark and this year's theme.
One approach is to create a NHD project that presents your topic and theme. Using Lewis & Clark's Corps of Discovery Expedition as the example, you may simply want to trace the route of Lewis and Clark from near St. Louis to the Pacific Coast, and explain the many significant contributions to modern-day life in the United States.
A better approach (and perhaps more exciting) is to introduce a new perspective or concept that you discovered through your research. In order to do this, rather than coming up with a formal statement or thesis, you will need to develop an essential question first. You develop and present your formal statement or thesis AFTER your formal research and analysis. It is through this approach that judges are more curious and interested in your project. If your project "teaches" the judges something they did not know before, they are more likely to reward you with high marks.
You should also make time to research the number of credible primary and secondary sources on your chosen topic. Having few sources can limit your research and be extremely challenging and time-consuming, but at the same time there is a huge opportunity to explore new theories and interpretations on the topic.
The Grade 8 Open House is October 29, 2015, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members are encouraged to come and introduce the BHS History Club to our incoming ninth grade students for the 2016-17 school year. Lily is hoping that some members are available after school sometime next week (week of October 19) to help build a display promoting the BHS History Club for the Grade 8 Open House night. Contact Lily for more details.