History Day 2020 Timeline:


Date Due


Summer Assignment (5 paragraph reflection, podcast episode, and content graphic organizer; NOTE: each student needs to hand in their OWN summer assignments)

1st Day of Class: Monday, August 19


History Day Topic Selection Sheet due

Wednesday, August 21


Written Proposal: 4-paragraphs (¶), each paragraph (¶) is 5+ sentences

  • 1st ¶ = what your topic will be
  • 2nd ¶ = how you plan to complete your project and which type you'll do
  • 3rd ¶ = how you will divide up tasks, such as research, and so on. Be specific! (individuals: this should only be 1 sentence)
  • 4th ¶ = questions, comments, and concerns for your NHD teacher (can be as many or few sentences as needed)

Wednesday, August 28





Draft Annotated Bibliography with at least 5 sources (at least 2 primary sources) due -at least 33% of the sources must be books

Wednesday, September 4


Draft Outline of project due, which should address the following questions in bulleted form:

  • How will your project look? Be specific!
  • Which past winning NHD project inspired you?
  • Who is responsible for what in your project? Break it down by person and task!
  • What did you learn while researching?
  • How can your NHD teacher help you?
  • Address the criteria-based question for your project type below:
    • Paper, performance, or presentation only - how will your project begin, move through points of emphasis, and conclude?
    • Website only - what will your homepage look like? What tabs will you have?
    • Exhibit only - how will your project be assembled? What items do you need? Drawings are encouraged.

Wednesday, September 11


Begin building your project – send your teacher a photo of 3 things you have accomplished (or bring it in)

Wednesday, September 18


Annotated Bibliography updated with at least 10 sources (at least 4 need to be primary sources) due.Again, at least 33% of your sources must be books.

Wednesday, October 9


Outline completed

Wednesday, October 16


Photos /screenshots of project due

papers - email / bring in a rough draft;

performances & presentations - record a video or send teacher a draft of your script

Wednesday, October 30


Rough draft of Process Paper due

Wednesday, November 6


Process Paper completed;
send a copy of your paper / published web link to your teacher

Wednesday, November 20


EXHIBITS, DOCUMENTARIES, & PERFORMANCES DUE - exhibits should be brought to school, documentaries and performances should be video-recorded, uploaded to YouTube, and emailed to your teacher

Wednesday, December 4


School-wide competition students informed

Wednesday, December 18

No Grade

Good Hope Competition

Wednesday, January 22

No Grade

Eagle View Competition

Thursday, January 23

No Grade

Final versions of Websites & final drafts of Historical Papers due to send to Regional judges

January 24

No Grade

Regional Competition @ Messiah College


Saturday, March 7

No Grade

State NHD contest @ Carlisle HS

Friday, May 15 + Saturday, May 16

No Grade


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