We know that every teacher can face challenges in integrating the History Day program in their classroom. Below we have suggested a broad timeline for completing the History Day program, which is flexible enough to adapt in any classroom setting or after school program.
If you have questions or would like advice on to how best integrate the History Day process in your own classroom please contact Ali Kappes at 651/259-3426 or Alissa.Kappes@mnhs.org.
2011 - 2012 Suggested HD Timelines in the Classroom
September/October – Introduce the program to students and begin discussing the theme and possible topics they may be interested in choosing. Introduce secondary and primary resources.
November/December – Have students choose a topic and begin secondary research. Once they have narrowed their topic encourage them to begin researching using primary resources
December - Prepare for the participation survey by gathering a sense of how many projects (and in what categories) you have. Discuss and combine project totals with other HD teachers in your school.
January/February – Encourage students to attend local library hullabaloos for to conduct primary research. They can also receive help developing a strong thesis statement and designing their projects.
For these dates and information on how to plan one in your area visit can be found at http://www.mnhs.org/school/historyday/librarianstoolbox.htm
Friday, January 20: Participation Surveys due to State HD office. (Mail to: History Day Survey, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul, 55102 or fax to 651-259-3434)
Monday, February 7: Your regional event allotments will be sent with registration forms. You may only register the number of projects that you are allotted.
Mid-February: At minimum three weeks prior to your regional event, host a school contest.
February/March - Projects, including the bibliography and process papers should be near completion.
[Indicated date below]: Register school winners for the regional event using the supplied registration forms. Late registrations hinder an advanced event schedule. (Fax to 651-259-3434 OR mail to History Day Registration, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul, 55102.)
Tuesday, March 6: ALL historical papers (3 copies), registration forms and fees due to the State HD office. (Mail to: History Day Papers, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul, 55102)
Tuesday, March 6: ALL historical website registration forms and fees due to the State HD office. (Mail to: History Day Websites, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul, 55102)
March: Regional Events Across Minnesota!
Students selected to advance to state will be given registration materials at the awards ceremony.
Saturday, March 3 (Reg Due: Feb 17): Metro Junior East (St. Paul College, St. Paul)
Monday, March 5 (Reg Due: Feb 20): St. Paul Public Schools (St. Paul College, St. Paul)
Monday, March 5 (Reg Due: Feb 20): Southeast (Winona State University, Winona)
Tuesday, March 6 (Reg Due: Feb 21): Metro Junior West (Robbinsdale Middle School, Robbinsdale)
Thursday, March 8 (Reg Due: Feb 23): Metro Junior Central (Normandale Comm. College, Bloomington)
Saturday, March 17 (Reg Due: March 2): Central (St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud)
Tuesday, March 20 (Reg Due: March 6): Northwest (Bagley Jr./Sr. High School, Bagley)
Tuesday, March 20 (Reg Due: March 6): South Central (Mankato State University, Mankato)
Thursday, March 22 (Reg Due: March 8): Metro Senior (Augsburg College, Minneapolis)
Tuesday, March 24 (Reg Due: March 9): Minneapolis Public Schools (South High School, Minneapolis)
Monday, March 26 (Reg Due: March 12): Southwest (Southwest State University, Marshall)
Saturday, March 31 (Reg Due: March 16): Northeast (University of MN, Duluth)
April: State History Day Dates!
Friday, March 30: Paper and website students will be called on or before this date with additional details IF they have advanced to the finals round. Students that have not been contacted by phone should check www.mnhs.org/historyday to confirm their status.
Friday, April 6: State registration forms due to History Center.
Help Sessions – Students that were chosen to move on to the state competition have time to revise their projects. They can also attend help sessions hosted by History Day staff. Appointments needed.
- Tuesday, April 10: Help Session at History Center, St. Paul, 4-8 PM
- Saturday, April 14: Minneapolis Public Schools Help Session at Central Library, Minneapolis, 10AM – 2 PM
- Saturday, April 14: Help Session at History Center, St. Paul, 10AM – 2PM
Tuesday, April 17: ALL finalist papers and websites DUE to the State HD Office. (Mail to: History Day [Paper(s) or Website(s)], 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul, 55102)
Sunday, April 29: State History Day (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
June 10-14: National History Day (University of Maryland, College Park)