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
2012 - 2013 Suggested History Day Timelines in the Classroom
– 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 (due Jan. 15) 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 the Librarian's Toolbox page.
Tues., Jan. 15: Participation Surveys due. Survey link will be e-mailed and mailed to Enrolled teachers on Jan. 4. If you haven't recevied the link please contact History Day staff.
Fri., Feb. 1: Your regional event allottments 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 MN, 55102.)
Tues., March 5: ALL historical papers (4 copies), registration forms and fees due to the State History Day office. (Mail to: History Day Papers, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul MN, 55102)
Tues., March 5: ALL historical website registration forms and fees due to the State History Day office. (Mail to: History Day Websites, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul MN, 55102)
March: Regional Events Across Minnesota!
Students selected to advance to State History Day will be given registration materials at the awards ceremony.
Sat., March 2 (Reg Due: Feb. 15): St. Paul Public Schools. Harding High School, St. Paul.
Thurs., March 7 (Reg Due: Feb. 21): Metro Junior West Regional. Robbinsdale Middle School, Robbinsdale.
Thurs., March 7 (Reg Due: Feb. 21): South Central Regional. Mankato State University, Mankato.
Sat., March 9 (Red Due: Feb. 22): Metro Junior East Regional. White Bear Lake High School, South Campus, White Bear Lake.
Mon., March 11 (Reg Due: Feb. 25): Southeast Regional. Winona State University, Winona.
Tues., March 12 (Reg Due: Feb. 26): Metro Junior Central Regional. Normandale Comm. College, Bloomington.
Thurs., March 14 (Reg Due: Feb. 28): Metro Senior Regional. Augsburg College, Minneapolis.
Sat., March 16 (Reg Due: Feb 28): Northeast Regional. Univeristy of Minnesota, Duluth
Mon., March 18 (Reg Due: March 4): Northwest Regional. Bagley Jr./Sr. High School, Bagley.
Tues., March 19 (Reg Due march 5): West Central Regional. Minnesota State University, Moorhead.
Sat., March 23 (Reg Due: March 8): Central Regional. St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud.
Sat., March 23 (Reg Due: March 8): Minneapolis Public District. Anwatin Middle School, Minneapolis.
Mon., March 25 (Reg Due: March 11): Southwest Regional. Southwest State University, Marshall.
Fri., March 29:
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 the Papers and Websites page
to confirm their status after this date.
April – 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.
Sat., April 6: Help Session at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tues., April 9: Help Session at History Center, St. Paul, 4-8 p.m.
Sat., April 13: Help Session at Central Library, Minneapolis, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Fri., April 5: State registration forms due to State History Day Office.
Tues., April 16: ALL finalist papers and websites DUE to the State History Day Office. (Mail to: History Day [Paper(s) or Website(s)], 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul MN, 55102)
SAT., MAY 4: STATE HISTORY DAY (UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, TWIN CITIES)
JUNE 9-13: NATIONAL HISTORY DAY (UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, COLLEGE PARK)