Introduction to Project-Based Online History Curriculum
Oregon History Day, an affiliate of the National History Day® program, is a transformative and inspirational project-based curriculum for teachers and students in grades 6–12. Last year, both programs went virtual for the first time ever, providing students with continuous, high quality learning even amidst school closures. In this webinar, Oregon History Day Coordinator Kristen Pilgrim will show educators how to bring this powerful curriculum to the classroom as well as share the new judging rubric and rule book, highlight compelling student samples, and engage in Q&A. 1 PDU available upon request.
About Oregon History Day
Oregon History Day is a renowned, evidence-based middle and high school program where students across the state develop historical research projects based on an annual theme. Students may work individually or in groups to present their historical research as a website, documentary, performance, exhibit, or paper (individual projects only). With teacher guidance, students dive into and steer their own historical research using primary and secondary sources, and they create an annotated bibliography and process paper. The flexible half-year or full-year curriculum format supports student choice and passion — from topic selection to research and presentation. A (brand new) rubric guides student learning and assessment focusing on historical accuracy, context, multiple perspectives, significance, and student voice. Students apply critical thinking and analysis as they develop and revise a thesis (their argument) based on their research. Students tap their creativity through the presentation portion, with projects culminating in three-panel exhibits, 10-minute documentaries, papers, websites, and performances with props and costumes.
Teachers have the option to focus the projects around specific topics, such as ethnic studies or tribal history, and may limit the presentation categories as desired. Oregon History Day aligns with state and national standards. External assessment shows the program works, as History Day students outperform their peers in numerous subjects. Most students participate in the classroom only; around 250 compete at the state contest and 50 attend the national contest. The Oregon Historical Society manages the state program, providing mentoring and guidance to statewide public and private teachers.
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