The process paper has a title page and four sections. The sections allow judges to get insights into your specific topic and processes.
Length: No more than 500 words
Your title page must include the title of your entry, your name(s) and the contest division and category in which you are entered. Do not include your age, grade or school name.
Section 1 - How I chose my topic
The first section should explain how you selected your topic.
Section 2 - How I conducted my research
The second section should explain how you conducted your research. For example, was it difficult to find primary sources for your topic? Where did you go to find your sources?
Section 3 - How I selected my presentation category and created my project
The third section should explain how you selected your presentation category and created your project.
Section 4 - How my project relates to this year’s theme
The fourth section should explain how your project relates to the NHD theme and why is your topic significant in history. How did you develop the ideas of your thesis to make it fit the theme? Make sure that your theme connection and thesis are clear in your project itself, as well as in your process paper. This paragraph is often the most important part of your process paper.
You'll find sample process papers on the National NHD Website.
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