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Communicating with Parents

An important part of integrating National History Day into a curriculum is communicating with parents. For many students, participation in National History Day may be the first time they have done in-depth research and a long-term project. The students may need help from their parents to go to libraries and archives for research or to build pieces of their project.

Teachers should explain to parents their role in the project and the scope and depth of National History Day projects. If possible teachers should try to show examples of student work and provide timelines so that parents know when project assignments will be due (e.g., thesis statement, annotated bibliography). Sending progress reports to parents is also helpful.

You may want to consider sending parents a letter that explains where your class is in the National History Day process, what students should have accomplished so far and what needs to be done next. Remind parents that it is okay for students to ask a lot of questions and not know all the answers early in the process.Sending progress reports to parents is also helpful.

The letter should explain where your class is at in the National History Day process and what students should have accomplished so far and what needs to be done next. Be aware that this is the first time for many students to do an in-depth research project, so be sure to remind the parents that it is ok for students to ask a lot of questions and not know all the answers early in the process.
   

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