Jefferson Academy History Fair 2013


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Jefferson Academy History Fair 2013

  1. 1. Website If you want more information, please refer to the following websites: (For tips, examples)
  2. 2. Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events You are the historians! You pick a topic that relates to the theme, “Turning Points” Brainstorm a topic by Friday, November 9th.  Write this in your planner. Compete at a school level, then a regional level, then a state level. The top two winners from each category will attend Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest.
  3. 3. Topic: Questions to ask yourself How is my topic important? How was my topic significant in history in relation to the National History Day theme? How did my topic develop over time? How did my topic influence history? How did the events and atmosphere (social, economic, political, and cultural aspects) of my topic’s time period influence my topic in history?
  4. 4. Rules1. Rule 1: Annual Theme Your entry must relate clearly to the annual theme and explain your topic’s significance in history.Rule 2: Contest Participation You may participate in the research, preparation, and presentation of only one entry each year. You may share research only with up to four other students who are fellow participants in your group entry. You may not create a common pool of research from which several entries are created.
  5. 5. Rule 3: Individual or Group Entries A paper, individual exhibit, individual performance, individual web site, or individual documentary must be the work of only one student. A group exhibit, group performance, group web site, or group documentary must be the work of 2 to 5 students. All students in a group entry must be involved in the research and interpretation of the group’s topic.
  6. 6. Rule 4: Development Requirements Entries submitted for competition must be original and have been researched and developed in the current contest year. Revising or reusing an entry from a previous year—whether it is yours oranother student’s—will result in disqualification. The year begins each June, following the national contest.
  7. 7. Rule 5: Construction of Entry You are responsible for the research, design, and creation of your entry. You may receive help and advice from teachers and parents on the mechanical aspects of creating your entry. You may have help typing your paper and other written materials. You may seek guidance from your teachers as you research and analyze your material, but your conclusions must be your own. You may have photographs and slides commercially developed. You may have reasonable help cutting out your exhibit backboard or performance props (e.g., a parent uses a cutting tool to cut the board that you designed).
  8. 8. Rule 6: Contest Day Set-up You are responsible for setting up your own exhibit, equipment, or props at the contest. You may have reasonable help carrying them, but set-up must be completed by you (and your group members, if applicable) alone.Rule 7: Supplying Equipment You are responsible for supplying all props and equipment at each level of competition. All entries should be constructed keeping transportation, set-up time, size, and weight in mind (e.g., foam core v. solid oak for an exhibit; folding table v. antique desk for a performance). Students must provide their own equipment, including computers and software. Check with your contest coordinator about available resources; projection screens for documentaries and performances may be provided if requested. DVD players are available at the national contest for the documentary category only. Pianos and Internet access are not provided.
  9. 9.  Rule 8: Discussion with Judges You should be prepared to answer judges’ ques- tions about the content and development of your entry, but you may not give a formal, prepared introduction, narration, or conclusion. Let the judges’ questions guide the interview. Ultimately, your entry should be able to stand on its own without any additional comments from you. You should be prepared to explain the design, research, and creation of your entry if questioned by the judges. Judges need to know that your entry is the result of your own work.
  10. 10. Rule 9: Costumes You are not permitted to wear costumes that are related to the focus of your entry during judging, except in the performance category.
  11. 11. Rule 10: Prohibited Materials Items potentially dangerous in any way—such as weapons, firearms, animals, organisms, plants, etc.— are strictly prohibited. Such items will be confiscated by security personnel or contest officials. Replicas of such items that are obviously not real are permissible. Please contact your teacher and contest coordinator to confirm guide- lines before bringing the replica to a contest.
  12. 12. Rule 11: Title Your entry must have a title that is clearly visible on all written materials.
  13. 13. Rule 12: Written MaterialYour entry must include the following written material in the order presented below:1. a title page as described in Rule 13;2. a process paper as described in Rule 14 (process papers are not part of historical paper entries); and3. an annotated bibliography as described in Rule 15. These materials must be typed or neatly printed on plain white paper, and stapled together in the top left corner. Do not enclose them in a cover or binder. You must provide four copies of these materials, except in the historical paper and web site categories. Web site entries must include these required written materials within the site. The title page and annotated bibliography must accompany historical paper entries.
  14. 14. Rule 13: Title Page A title page is required as the first page of written material in every category. Your title page must include only the title of your entry, your name(s), and the contest division and category in which you are entered.
  15. 15. Rule 14: Process Paper All categories except historical paper must include a process paper with the entry. It must describe in 500 words or less how you conducted your research and created your entry. The process paper must include four sections that explain: 1. how you chose your topic; 2. how you conducted your research; 3. how you selected your presentation category and created your project; and 4. how your project relates to the NHD theme. You can view sample process papers at on the “Creating an Entry” page in the Contest section.
  16. 16. Rule 15: Annotated Bibliography An annotated bibliography is required for all categories. List only those sources that contributed to the development of your entry, sources that provided usable information or new perspectives in preparing your entry. You likely will include fewer sources than you actually used. Sources of visual materials and oral interviews must be included. The annotations for each source must explain how you used the source and how it helped you understand your topic. Annotations of web sites should describe who sponsors the site. For example: Bates, Daisy. The Long Shadow of Little Rock. New York: David McKay Co. Inc., 1962. Daisy Bates was the president of the Arkansas NAACP and the one who met and listened to the students each day. This firsthand account was very important to my paper because it made me more aware of the feelings of the people involved.
  17. 17. Rule 16: The Separation of Primary and Secondary Sources You are required to separate your bibliography into primary and secondary sources.
  18. 18. Rule 17: Style Guides Style for citations and bibliographic references must follow the principles in a recent edition of one of the following style guides. 1. Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations 2. Joseph Gibaldi, MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers Regardless of which manual you use, the style must be consistent throughout all written material.
  19. 19. Rule 18: Plagiarism You must acknowledge in your annotated bibliography all sources used in your entry. Failure to credit sources is plagiarism and will result in disqualification.
  20. 20. Rule 21: National Competition Attendance Individual students and groups must be present for an entry to be judged at the national contest.
  21. 21. Categories Website Historical Paper Documentary Exhibit Performance
  22. 22. Choose a TopicHow do I choose a topic? Think, read, talk...Topics for research are everywhere! Think about a time in history or individuals or events that are interesting to you. Start a list. Read books, newspapers or other sources of information and add to your list. Talk with relatives, neighbors, or people you know who have lived through a particular time in history that interests you and add more ideas. Keep thinking, reading and talking to people until you have many ideas that are interesting. Now go back through the list and circle the ideas that connect with the theme. From the ideas that you circled, select one to begin your research. Keep your list because you might need it again.
  23. 23. I have a topic! I have an idea for a topic, now what? Narrow down the topic and connect it to the theme...Selecting a National History Day topic is a process of gradually narrowing down the area of history (period or event) that interests you to a manageable subject. For example, if youre interested in Native Americans and the theme is Turning points in history, a natural topic would be treaty rights. Now from there, you would consider the resources you have available to you—perhaps your local historical society—and possibly choose a Native American/U.S. treaty based in your states history. Your process might look something like this:Theme: Turning points in historyInterest: Native AmericansTopic: Treaty RightsIssue: 1788 Fort Schuyler Treaty
  24. 24. More Examples Or, if youre interested in Womens Rights and the theme is turning points in history, you might choose voting rights. Next, consider where you might find further information on voting rights like a public library. After a library search and reading several texts about the era, you identify the womens suffrage movement as a topic, and then a leader in the struggle for the vote, Alice Paul. In this case, your process looks like this:Theme: Turning Points in HistoryInterest: Womens RightsTopic: Suffrage MovementIssue/Individual: Alice Paul
  25. 25. Once you have your topic You need to start researching.
  26. 26. Winner from last year. ed&v=JHGrnErTAYg