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Become a History Fair Judge Today!


No previous experience or specialized degree in history or education are necessary.

On the day of the History Fair event, you will receive a full orientation and each new History Fair judge will be paired with an experienced judge.

The History Fair needs 500 volunteer judges each year to see the wonderful work of Chicago area students. Please see the many judging opportunities that are available and select the session that works best for you. Every judge counts because every student counts.

  • The weekend event dates for 2018 are February 24, March 3, and April 7.
  • The High School Metro Finals will be held on April 12.
  • Weekday or evening sessions are available for judging papers in March and April. Website judges are sent URLs to judge and talk with their partner judges over the phone.

Register online or download a print registration form.

Step 1: Learn How to Judge a History Fair Project

Judging a History Fair project

Step 2: Review History Fair Judging Rationale

Junior Division Scoring Rationale

High School Division Scoring Rationale

Step 3: Complete Judging Worksheets

Junior Division Judging worksheet

High School Division Judging worksheet

Step 4: Judging Scorecards

Junior Division Judging scorecard

High School Division Judging scorecard


Judging Web-based projects


Before you judge your assigned websites, take 20 minutes to prep

1.  Review How to Judge a History Fair website and watch “What Judges Want to See in an Interactive Website”

2.  Read the scoring rationale for judging projects.

Junior Division Scoring Rationale

High School Division Scoring Rationale

3. Download the file or print copies of the judging worksheet for each website.

You use this for your notes. Be sure to save the correct division (Senior=high school, Junior=elementary school). For the submitted final evaluations, use the Electronic Evaluation forms at the bottom of this page.

Junior Division Judging worksheet

High School Division Judging worksheet

4. Download the correct Final Evaluation Form, which is what you will return to the History Fair and will eventually go back to students and teachers.

Junior Division Final Evaluation Form

High School Division Final Evaluation Form

Once you receive your specific websites

1.  Contact your partner judge to arrange a time in which you will discuss your evaluations of the websites.  Judges have conferred via phone, cafes, and even Skype!  Be sure that you schedule your appointment in enough time to return to your final evaluations to the History Fair office at the deadline.

2.  Confirm with History Fair that judges are in contact with each other and have set-up a conference time.

3.  Have fun judging–take really good notes on your worksheets!

After you’ve reviewed your websites

4. Confer with your partner to share insights about the students’ work and to make sure your scores are within eight points of each other.

5. Each write up your evaluation in the Final Evaluation Form.

Save with the name as website number-your last name. (e.g. 123-oppen.doc) and return to the History Fair via email: [email protected]

Thank you!

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