Students will follow their Social Studies curriculum, researching a particular time period in the context of this year's National History Day theme:Grade 5 (2013-2014) Rights and Responsibilities in HistoryWhat are rights? Are responsibilitiesalways attached to rights? Are there times when rights protect somewhile disenfranchising others—and is thatfair? ...Rights have taken many different forms.America’s founders believed that individuals had certain fundamental rights, simply by virtue of being human...With rights come responsibilities,whether they involve exercising rights within specified limits or ensuring the rights of others.Grade 6 (2012-2013) Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.The dictionary defines “turning point” as a point at which adecisive change takes place. So a turning point in history is more thanjust an important event that happened a long time ago. It is an idea,event or action that directly, and sometimes indirectly, caused change.This change could be social or cultural, affecting a society’s way ofthinking or way of acting. It could be political, leading to new legislationor to a new government taking charge. It could be economic, affectinghow goods are produced, bought and sold, or how much or how little asociety has to spend on such items. A turning point can even cause all ofthese changes and more.