III. RELATIONSHIP TO THEME (20%)
Students may address any aspect of the theme. However, the entry must clearly explain the relation of the topic to the annual History Day theme. The topic should be placed in historical context, and the entry must demonstrate the students' understanding of the significance of the topic in history. The relationship of the entry's topic to the annual theme should be explicit and should be integrated into the entry itself.
Students: Checklist for Satisfying Theme Criteria
You should ask yourselves the following questions to ensure that your topic is focused on the annual History Day theme and its significance:
- How does my topic relate to the theme? Why is my topic important?
- How is my topic significant in history in relation to the History Day theme?
- How did my topic influence history?
- How did the events and context (social, economic, political, and cultural aspects) of my topic's time period influence my topic in history?