What is History Fair?
History Fair is a semester-long research project required for all Pre-AP 8th grade History students at Stevenson Middle School. The project is coordinated through the National History Day (NHD) organization. Each year, the NHD creates a theme and students from around the country create products based on their research throughout the semester of a topic tied to the theme. NHD is judged at the school level, regional level, state level and national level. The final products can be done as individuals and groups (of 2-3 classmates) and could be a historical web site, documentary, paper (individuals only), performance or an exhibit.
This Year's Theme and Topic Ideas
The NHD theme for the 2013-14 school year is titled "Rights and Responsibilites." Each year, NHD produces a list of sample topics which tie to their annual theme. The list of sample topics can be found on the right hand side of this web page under "Helpful Resources" or by clicking here. The students can chose from one of these sample topics or create their own teacher-approved topic. However, a large portion of the grade and judging is based on how well the chosen topic ties to the theme. It is important that the students chose well.
Your Pre-AP teacher will support you with your research and answer questions relating to the creation your final product. Once a week, a computer lab will be accessible to you during your History class to work on research and your final product. Tutoring in the computer lab will also be available after school once per week. However, to have a successful final product, a large portion of the research and final product must be completed outside the classroom. If you have chosen to be in a group, it is expected that you work outside the classroom with your partner(s).
Questions or Concerns?
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your project, please contact your Pre-AP teacher or contact the department coordinator, Jennifer Cain at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210.397.7300 extension 3121.