Welcome to the Upper Shore Regional History Day

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Welcome to Upper Shore Regional History Day!

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Welcome to the home page for the Upper Shore Regional History Day Contest. National History Day is a fun and challenging event that encourages students to become historians by developing research, analysis, presentation, and social skills. Working individually or in groups, Junior Division (grades 6-8) and Senior Division (grades 9-12) students select a topic related to an annual theme. The 2021 NHD theme is Communication in History: The Key to Understanding. Students conduct extensive historical research using primary and secondary sources . . . and then distill their research and analysis into one of five presentations: a dramatic performance, a multimedia documentary, a museum exhibit, website, or historical research paper. 

Upper Shore Regional History Day serves the Maryland Eastern Shore counties of Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne's, and Talbot.  USRHD is a second round competition within the National History Day contest cycle, following the individual school or county competitions.  First and Second Place finishers at USRHD advance to compete at the Maryland History Day competition.

This website has information about the contest, how to register, as well as many links to assist you as you work on your projects.  Be sure to check out the appropriate tab above that best describes you.

 

 

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Contest Date: Saturday, March 13, 2021  

**Decision whether to hold a virtual contest will be made in December 2020**

Time: 
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Registration Opens: Monday, January 4, 2021

Registration Deadline: Friday, February 19, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Contest Location: Washington College - 300 Washington Ave Chestertown, Maryland 21620

Regional Contest Contact: Thomas Hayman

Mailing Address:        

 

 

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Contest Disclaimer:

National History Day and Upper Shore Regional History Day do not censor Contest entries based upon content. This means that the views and opinions expressed in student entries are those of the students and/or the sources cited in their projects. They may not and often do not represent the views or opinions of National History Day, Inc. or its donors, sponsors, supporters, partners, or affiliates

Upper Shore Regional History Day Student Page

Welcome Students! We are happy that you have decided to participate in Upper Shore Regional History Day this year. Congratulations on advancing from your school or county competition.  Before you get started, there are several things we'd like you to keep in mind:

  1. Registration Deadline is February 19th at 11:59 p.m.
  2. Your teacher must register before you can register.
  3.  If you are registering as a group, one student in the group must register first with the project. Afterwards, other group members can register and connect themselves to the same project using the team key that is provided to the first student at the very end of the registration process (it is also emailed to that student when they complete registration). If any of your group members accidently register without linking to the group project with the team key, please contact your teacher or Thomas Hayman so that they can connect it for you in the system.
  4. Be sure to look over all provided contest materials (NHD Rule Book, Contest Packets, and the information from your teacher) to make sure you complete your project correctly, and bring everything required to the contest.
  5. If you are in the Website Category, please make sure you save the final version of your NHDWebCentral website by 11:59p.m. on February 19th.  Once websites close, your website will be locked from editing until after the contest. Please see the instructions for more information or the NHD website for tutorials.
  6. If you are in the Paper Category, please make sure you upload a PDF of your paper to the portal before registration closes.
  7. If you are in the Documentary Category see the instructions. Please make sure you upload a PDF of your process paper amd annotated bibliography to the portal before registration closes.

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Student Registration

Before You Begin

Be Sure Your Teacher Has Registered

Your teacher must register BEFORE you can register.  If you are not working with a teacher, you are an Independent Student (see below). 

Independent Students

If you are working without a teacher, please have a parent or other trusted adult register as your “teacher” in the system. Your “teacher” designee will receive contest related emails and must be able to share them with you. Have them follow the Teacher Registration Instructions. Please also send the contest coordinator an email letting them know you are competing independently.

Your Email Address

Please provide a working email address that will accept mail from zfairs.com. If your school blocks student accounts from receiving outside mail, use a personal or parent’s email (gmail, etc.) that is checked regularly.  

Your NHD Account Lasts All Year

You will only create one NHD Student Account for the entire year. You will use the SAME STUDENT LOGIN for each contest if you advance through local, regional, state, and national levels. Save your username and password so you can easily access and update your information. Do not open additional accounts.

Registration Fees: THERE IS NO FEE!

STUDENTS: HOW TO REGISTER

STEP 1. Create Your Student Account – one for each student

  • Select Create Account from top menu bar and select Student from the dropdown menu.
  • Enter your name and email address and click Next.
  • Confirm your email works: Go to your email inbox and look for the Confirm Email Address message from NoReply@zfairs.com (it may be in your spam folder). Click on the link inside the email, follow prompts.
  • Return to the Verify Email Address page and continue your registration.
  • Complete personal contact information (please provide your complete mailing address).
  • Create a password.  Write down your username and password and keep them in a safe place.
  • Click Save and Continue.  This will take you to the project registration section.

 

You’ll Know Your Registration is Complete When:

In the contest website, look on the Students Main page for two banners that say Account Created and Waivers Accepted. You must be logged in to your student account to see them. You’ll receive a Registration Complete email from NoReply@zfairs.com (check your spam folder).

STEP 3. Teacher, School, Grade, Permissions, Waivers

Select your school, teacher, and grade.   If your school and/or teacher do not appear on the dropdown list, contact the contest coordinator for assistance. Students and parents must agree to NHD permissions and waivers. Save and exit.

Students 2-5:

  • Each of you will create your own student account as described in Step 1.
  • In the project information section, click on Link/Join Existing Team Project and enter the Project Key for your group.
  • DO NOT create a new project.

Students competing in a GROUP category: 

Student 1:

  • Click Create a New Project.
  • Enter your title (you can change it later).
  • Select your category (this cannot be changed).
  • Continue and complete the registration process.
  • Copy down the Project Key code and share it with your group. You can find it anytime under My Profile.

STEP 2. Provide Your Project Information

Students competing in an INDIVIDUAL category: 

Click Create a New Project. Enter your title (you can change it later). Select your category (this cannot be changed).

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Creating Your Project

How to Create an NHD Project: A Step-by-Step Guide

 

Choosing a Topic

2021 Theme Book - Communication in History: The Key to Understanding

2021 Theme Narrative - Communication in History: The Key to Understanding

Historical Context Graphic Organizer

 

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Topics

Maryland Historical Society Topics

Morgan State University Topics

Reginald F Lewis Museum Topics

Thinkport Inquiry Kit Topics

Pride of Baltimore Topic - Privateers

 


Conducting Research

The Research Process             

Helpful Research Links

Maryland Historical Society

Enoch Pratt Library Research Toolkit

NMAACH Resources

Edward H Nabb Research Center

 

Maryland Historical Society Open Access Saturdays    

October 12, November 2, November 16

NMAAHC Workshops

September 28, October 19, November 16

 


Creating an Entry

There are five different types of projects that you can complete for History Day. Documentaries, Exhibits, Performances, and Websites can be done as a group or individually. Papers may only be done individually. Take a look at the guidebooks, rules checklists, and evaluation rubrics for each type of project below to see what you might be interested in. After your work is underway, refer back to these guides to keep you on track.
 

Documentary

Exhibit Performance

Documentary Guide Book               

Documentary Rules Verification

Documentary Evaluation Rubric

Exhibit Guide Book              

Exhibit Rules Verification

Exhibit Evaluation Rubric

Performance Guide Book

Performance Rules Verification

Performance Evaluation Rubric

 

Paper Website

Paper Guide Book              

Paper Rules Verification

Paper Evaluation Rubric

Website Guide Book

Website Rules Verification

Website Evaluation Rubric

NHDWebCentral

 

CHECK BACK SOON FOR ADDITIONAL ORGANIZERS AND LINKS TO RESOURCES...

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Upper Shore Regional History Day Teacher's Page

Welcome Teachers! Thank you for all you do in supporting your students with their History Day projects!  We are so happy that you have decided to participate in History Day this year! A few things to keep in mind as you register for the contest: 

  1. Registration Deadline is February 19th at 11:59 p.m. 
  2. You must register before your students can register. Directions for teacher and student registration can be found at the following here.
  3. When registering, please pay close attention while selecting your school in the system as some schools have very similar names. Contact Thomas Hayman if you can't find your school or homeschool group listed so that it can be added. 
  4. Before students register, please be clear to them how registration fees will be collected. Also outline what parts of the registration process they are responsible to do on their own (i.e. mailing in paperwork, uploading projects, etc.) 
  5. Please be aware that the February 19th registration deadline is also when NHDWebCentral websites will be locked from editing. Historical papers and process papers will need to be uploaded by that date as well.
  6. Instructions for the Website category are here. Tutorials are here. Instructions for the Documentary category are here.

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Teacher Registration

BEFORE YOU BEGIN

Teachers Register First

Teachers must register BEFORE their students can register. When students register, they will select you from a list of registered teachers.

Email Addresses

Teachers and students need to provide a working email address that will accept mail from zfairs.comIf your school blocks student accounts from receiving outside email: have your students provide a personal or parent’s email (gmail, etc.) that is checked regularly.  Users may put the same email address in all email fields, and parents with more than one child participating can use the same email for all children.

Your NHD Account Lasts All Year

You will only create one NHD Teacher Account for the entire year. You will use the SAME TEACHER LOGIN for each contest as your students advance through local, regional, state, and national levels. Save your username and password so you can easily access and update your information. Do not open additional accounts.

Your MY STUDENTS List

You can view your students’ registration status and edit their information using your My Students list. You’ll find this in your NHD Teacher Account. A thumbs-up next to a student’s name means they have completed their registration. You can edit student and project information, and link or unlink students from an entry.

Registration Fees: THERE IS NO FEE!

TEACHERS: HOW TO REGISTER

STEP 1. Create Your Teacher Account

  • Select Create Account from top menu bar and select Teacher from the dropdown menu.
  • Enter your name and email address and click Next. Prove you’re not a robot.
  • Complete personal contact information. Provide your preferred mailing address.
  • Create a password.  Write down your username and password and keep them in a safe place.
  • Click Save and Continue. 

STEP 2. Link Your Account to Your School

  • Select your school from the Schools I Teach At list.  
  • If your school does not appear on the list, stop here and contact the contest coordinator. Tell them to add your school to the system.
  • Continue registering after your school has been added.

STEP 3. Answer Additional Questions, Permissions, Waivers

  • Please help us by providing the total number of your students who are using NHD in any way this year, even if they will not register for a contest.  This is how we gather student participation for the entire state, and we depend on you to make these numbers as accurate as possible. Thanks!
  • Agree to NHD permissions and waivers.
  • Save and exit.

You’ll Know Your Teacher Account is Complete When:

  • You arrive at the Registration Complete screen that shows your username.
  • You receive a Registration Complete email from NoReply@zfairs.com (check your spam folder).
  • Your students may begin registering after your account is complete.

How to Find Your MY STUDENTS List

  • Login to the correct contest, using the username and password established above.
  • Look for the My Students button in the top white menu bar.

If Your Students Advance to Regionals/State/Nationals

  • Do not create a new Teacher Account. The system will advance your account to the next contest automatically.
  • You will receive an email from zfairs.com with a link to access the next contest.
  • Click on the link. Use the username and password you established above to login to your Teacher Account.
  • Always access the contest in which your students are currently competing.  Once they have advanced, you cannot edit information in previous contests.

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Overview Documents and Resources

New to NHD?

Why NHD Works

HELP! I'm a New NHD Teacher: 4-Part Video Series

Contest Rule Book

 

 

 

 

 

2021 NHD Resources

2021 Theme Book - Communication in History

2020 Theme Narrative

Maryland Humanities 2020 Flash Drive Resources

 

How is Participating in History Day Beneficial?

History Day program provides an excellent way for teachers to incorporate educational standards and learning goals into their classrooms. It can also be an excellent process to Prepare students for AP level analysis of primary and secondary sources.

The History Day students will:

  • Demonstrate their understanding of an historical event related to an annual theme, with respect to its relationship to other events.
  • Understand what is meant by historical context and be able to relate their projects to events that occurred before and after.
  • Develop alternatives to traditional problem-solving methods.
  • Explore creative ways of presenting historical material related to their topics.
  • Become more comfortable using library and other historical resources.

 

COMING SOON...TEACHER LESSON PLANS, RESOURCES, AND VIRTUAL LEARNING MATERIALS


Professional Development/Workshops

Maryland Huamnities Professional Development Request

Maryland Humanities Classroom Visits - Request for Student Assistance

 

Judge Main Page

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Thank you for your time and expertise in dedication to our students! As a judge in the Upper Shore Regional History Day competition, there are many things to consider. This page is designed to help you understand National History Day, the judging process, and specific information relative to the Upper Shore Regional contest.

Please take some time to look through all of the materials carefully. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Thomas Hayman, USRHD contest coordinator, at thomas.hayman@qacps.org. You can also reach out to our contest Judge Coordinator, Lindsee Harrell at HarrellL@calvertnet.k12.md.us

It's not just a day, it's an experience!

Thank you for your interest in the Upper Shore Regional History Day competition. The competition's success depends upon enthusiastic volunteers to serve as judges. Are you a history enthusiast, college or university instructor, K-12 teacher, curator, archivist, or historic sites manager? Anyone with an interest in history and a willingness to encourage children as they explore and practice historical research is welcome to volunteer as a History Day judge. Please complete your registration if you would like to be a judge.

As a volunteer judge, you will be asked to attend a brief orientation and training workshop on the morning of the competition. During the orientation session you will meet the rest of your judging team and receive instructions for the judging process and the day's anticipated timeline. History Day is a fast paced event that requires flexibility and good humor and we thank you in advance for your assistance making this a positive and memorable experience for volunteers and students alike. Although we encourage judges to remain for the awards ceremony, it is not required.

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Upper Shore Regional History Day Judge Oreintation...coming soon.

This document will be posted soon and will provide a full overview of the process of judging at History Day. Please review this document very carefully before March 7, and reach out to HarrellL@calvertnet.k12.md.us if you have any questions.

 

 

Detailed Judging Rubric

This judging rubric can help inform your work in scoring student projects. 

Documentary Judge Instructions.pdf

Exhibit Judge Instructions.pdf

Website Judge Instructions.pdf

Paper Judge Instructions.pdf

Performance Judge Instructions.pdf

Sample Score Sheets - The sample score sheets linked below reflect the pages you will complete for each project you evaluate. Scoring sheets will be provided for you on the day of the contest. 

Documentary Sample Score Sheet

Exhibit Sample Score Sheet

Paper Sample Score Sheet

Performance Sample Score Sheet

Website Sample Score Sheet

Upper Shore Regional History Day looks for volunteers to help with all aspects of the competition. This is a great option for your spare time and to build your resume.  Service Learning hours will be offered to student volunteers.  Help with registration, be a campus guide, or help with clean up.  We can use your individual talents in many ways!

If you are an educational group, camp, or museum, and are interested in setting up a booth at our event, please contact Thomas Hayman.  You may distribute literature or brochures regarding your organization and give away small items, but no selling of items is permitted.  Organizations must be approved by the USRHD staff prior to coming to the event.  

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