Recently, Friends School of Minnesota 7th and 8th graders showcased their National History Day projects at FSM. The students started the projects in December by choosing a topic and connecting it to the year’s theme, Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange in History.

During the months of January and February, we put aside our regular humanities curriculum to focus solely on the History Day projects. Students conduct extensive research using primary and secondary sources, write a thesis statement, and learn how to put it all together in a project that places the topic into historical context, connects to their thesis and this year’s theme, and shows long-term impact, or legacy.

In addition to being able to choose a topic, students can choose to show their learning by creating a project in one of five categories: historical paper, exhibit, website, documentary, or performance. We can’t say enough how proud we are of all the students for their hard work and dedication to the project.

History Day Regionals

Saturday, March 12, sixteen students participated in History Day Regionals at White Bear Lake High School. In addition, four students submitted papers to be considered for the state level. Papers are not part of the regional events, but are sent in and judged without the student present. We are very proud of how well our students represented themselves, their projects, and the school at History Day Regionals.

Friends School of Minnesota 7th and 8th graders at History Day Regionals
Friends School of Minnesota 7th and 8th graders at History Day Regionals

Documentaries

  • Henry N. – Political Television Advertisements
  • Logan W. – The Milgram Experiment – (State)
  • Elliot P. – Birth of a Nation

Performances

  • Zaiga C. – Billie Holiday (State)
  • Juliet A. – How Barbie has Influenced Body Image (State)
  • Helene F. – Title IX
  • Kaija M. – Raoul Wallenberg (State)

Exhibits

  • Charlie C. – WWI’s Western Front
  • Addie M.- American Indian Boarding Schools
  • Maya S. – Oskar Schindler (State)
  • Ana M. – Jane DeBow Gibbs (Honorable Mention)

Websites

  • Will. – History of Anesthesia
  • Josh. – The Russian Revolution (Honorable Mention)
  • Kaia H. – Encountering the Structure of DNA (State)
  • Lee T. and Maren F. – Rosalind Franklin and the DNA Molecule (State)

Papers (being considered for state level)

  • Noah R. – Immigration of Vietnamese to Minnesota After the Fall of Saigon
  • Sarah S. – The BWCA Wilderness Act of 1978
  • Ava C. – History of Lobotomy
  • Ray M. – Galileo

For more information about National History Day in Minnesota, or the upcoming state event, visit http://education.mnhs.org/historyday/.

–Rebecca Slaby and Melissa Andersen, Friends School of Minnesota Middle School Humanities Teachers