Your project starts with an idea about a topic. Remember that your topic needs to relate to the annual theme. Outside of relating to your theme and teacher approval, your topic can be any time, place or event in history. It can be local, national or world history. Is there a time period in history or a place that you have always wanted to study? Is there a subject like art, sports or music that you’re especially passionate about and can turn into a project? Do you have a favorite person in history that had an impact on communication in history? It is a good idea to pick something that you are curious or passionate about. Also, make sure your topic is researchable and that the information is out there for you to have enough sources!
For inspiration, take a look at our 2020-2021 Student Topic Guide. This guide will give you a taste of many different Indiana history topics and break down some places to start your research. For even more ideas, try checking out our INDepth Stories or Destination Indiana. If you’re set on winning a special prize, why not take a look this year’s special prizes and draw inspiration from Indiana-related topics? Also, be sure to take a look at past years’ projects to get some good ideas flowing!
Need help deciding if the topic you chose is right for a National History Day in Indiana project? Check out our free Topic Flowchart Worksheet to test your subject!
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