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Why do History Fair?

History Fair is a powerful tool that can meet a variety of standards and is easily aligned with diverse educational approaches.

Getting Started

History Fair requires a fair amount of juggling on the teachers’ part to make the process go smoothly for the students. Review our Getting Started FAQs to help you make critical decisions about implementing the project in your school

Registration Check List

  1. All schools intending to participate in History Fair must complete this form.
  2. Be sure to review the dates and deadlines for the competitions.
  3. After your school fair, register advancing projects here.
  4. All students at the regional and metro fairs must have a summary statement form, annotated bibliography and a student authorization form.
  5. Consult the contest handbook and rule book for other questions.
  6. Information about the state competition.
  7. Information about National History Day.

Teaching History Fair

STUDENTS BECOME HISTORIANS: Our “Students Become Historians” PowerPoint gives a detailed explanation of what is involved in doing History Fair and provides helpful advice for each of the five major steps.

HOOKING THE STUDENT: Student buy-in is an important part of the inquiry process. Use this Graffiti Activity to grab student attention and engage them in the process.

PRE-ASSESSMENT:
Created in consultation with History Fair teachers, the pre-assessment allows you to assess students’ historical thinking skills before the program gets underway.

TOPICS:
Guiding students through topic selection is a foundational job for the HF teacher. Check out the topic selection criteria, suggested topics based on this year’s theme, and approaches to topic selection.

History Fair Topic Selection Sheet

Topic Selection Worksheet

Developing a Topic

Trolling for Topics

DEVELOPING QUESTIONS:
Developing historical curiosity through questioning gives students tools to handle any inquiry project they may face. Review this guide to developing questions and guide your questions through a questioning activity.

SOURCES
Help your students differentiate and know the importance of primary and secondary sources through this game, guide to primary sources, and guide to secondary sources.

RESEARCH
See the research section for great suggestions of places to get sources. To help teach research you could use the Research Journey Powerpoint.

ANALYZE & CONNECT
Use our source analysis guides and activities to support your students as they analyze evidence. As their research grows they can connect like sources.

THESIS
The heart of a history fair project is the thesis statement. Use this Thesis PowerPoint to direct students through this difficult process.

CLAIMS & EVIDENCE
This Organize Your Argument worksheet helps organize the students’ work into arguments and sections they can use to build their final projects.

PROJECT CETEGORY GUIDES:
Each history fair category has its own strengths and weaknesses and might be right for different students in your classes. Review the rules and sample projects for all categories.
Documentary
Exhibit
Paper
Performance
Website
Note: Teachers planning to offer the website category must complete an online training to get certification.

EVALUATION:
All the history fair projects are judged based on their historical knowledge, analysis, sources, and presentation.
High School Scoring Rationale
High School Scorecard
Middle School Scoring Rationale
Middle School Scorecard

Connect

History Fair not only gives your students a chance to work with other students, but also connects you to a network of teachers and support personnel who will help you grow as educator.

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