History Day

Parent Letter

September 8, 2017

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

Northwest Academy is excited to announce that our students will be participating in National History Day this year. National History Day is a nationwide program in which students conduct historic investigations into topics that relate to a national theme.  National History Day teaches students critical thinking, writing, and research skills and boosts performance across all subjects. It prepares students for college, career and citizenship and inspires students to do more than they ever thought they could.

The theme for this year is Conflict and Compromise.  History Day projects require extensive research, both inside and outside the classroom.  Each step in the process of conducting research will be monitored through "status reports".  In January, final projects will be graded and winners will be selected to compete against other student entries from Baltimore County. On January 17th 2017 from 6-8 pm we will host our History Day Competition to showcase our students’ projects and recognize the representatives to the county competition. 


If you have any questions please feel free to contact myself or your child’s Social Studies teacher. Thank you for your support, we look forward to seeing you at our History Day showcase.


Ms. Hoke

Social Studies Department Chair         

History Day Resources

National History Day Website

Due Dates for Students

Due Date



Status Report #1


Status Report #2


Status Report #3


Status Report #4


Status Report #5 - Typed Annotated Bibliography Due



Status Report #6 - Student Process Paper Due



All Final project Materials Due (bibliography and process paper included) and Presentations to class

January 1/17/18

NAHS History Day



BCPS History Day Competition


Monthly Parent Tips

History Day Status Report 1 is due on September 29th. The first Status Report is all about choosing a topic. Each year National History Day chooses an annual theme. Students must connect their topics to this theme. The theme is always broad to allow for a variety of topics. Students can research topics ranging from local to world history. The 2018 History Day theme is Conflict and Compromise in History.


  • Conflict - a fight, disagreement, a physical or mental struggle
  • Compromise – a way of reaching an agreement where a person or group gives up something they want in order to end a disagreement.

Students will need to address both conflict and compromise in their project. Topics which did not end in compromise are acceptable, students would then address why there was no compromise and if a different solution was achieved.

Tips for Picking a Topic

  • Interest – Students should pick a topic that interests them. They will be working with this topic for several months.
  • Be Specific – Students have a limited amount of space and time to present their ideas in their project. A topic such as the Civil War or World War II is too broad.
  • Connect to the Theme – Students must connect their topic to the theme Conflict and Compromise in History.
  • Historical – Students should pick a topic that took place in history, not a current event. For events that are too recent students will not be able to address a long term impact. As a general rule of thumb students should look for a topic that happened twenty years in the past.
  • Available Research – Students will need to look at a variety of sources for their topic. Students will need to use both primary and secondary sources.

Parents and guardians role

Parents and guardians are an essential part of the topic selection process. Students may not know where to start. You can help your student by:

  • Discussing the theme
  • Brainstorming multiple topic ideas by searching the internet or taking a trip to the local library
  • Asking about students interests and what they want to learn

Thank you for supporting your student as they create a History Day project! For more information about History Day visit our website:

Feel free to contact myself or your student’s Social Studies teacher with any questions.


Ms. Hoke

Social Studies Department Chair