2017 Theme: Conflict and Compromise
Sample Topic Ideas
The Elementary Poster Contest is the newest addition to the National History Day in Colorado program.
Poster Contest is a scaled-down version of the History
Day exhibit category, and is specifically designed to prepare students in the
upper grades of elementary school to complete History Day projects in middle
and high school. The contest is open to 4th and 5th
graders, and must be done on a Colorado History topic that relates to the
following year’s theme. Completing a poster allows students to pursue topics
that interest them, learn how to write thesis statements regarding those
topics, and then demonstrate the significance of their topic in history and its
relation to the theme through evidence. Students accomplish this by
investigating primary sources of various formats (e.g. photos, interviews,
newspaper articles, maps, quotations, etc., as well as secondary sources.
Ultimately, when students construct their final posters, they should
incorporate their evidence into their own words, while using meaningful
quotations and other primary source text in order to support their thesis
statement. It should be noted that the
poster is not included in any of the middle and high school CU Denver National
History Day in Colorado Contests.
Click here to access the informational booklet on the Poster Contest
Did You Know that the Elementary Poster Contest Can Help Teachers Meet the Standards?
The process of creating even a scaled down History Day experience exposes students to research, critical thinking, critical reading, and more. Click here
to look at how the Poster Contest aligns with state 4th & 5th grade standards.
Other Useful Classroom Tools for the Poster Contest