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FORMS: Developing a Topic Following the Secondary Source Trail Analyzing a Secondary Source
Primary Sources: The "Stuff of History" How to Look at Old Maps How to Read Photographs
Putting It All Together: The Final Product
Typically, students know the type of final product they will create early on in the History Fair process, although sometimes the nature of the sources may cause a student to turn to another medium (for example, if visual sources are not available or effective for a documentary or exhibit, a student may need decide to write a paper or create a performance instead).
Once the research, analysis, and interpretation is completed students will then turn to producing a presentation of their work for the public. The guides, below, will support student efforts to communicate effectively and imaginatively. CMHEC highly recommends that students read the Rules and Guidelines thoroughly before diving into final production.
Exhibits: Become a Museum Curator and Exhibits Designer
"Exhibiting History" offers a classroom or individual learning tool
The presentation has simple production values-no video, animation, or narration. It is composed of text and pictures on a white background so that the file is small enough to download or use as a printed copy with students.
You can view the presentation online by clicking here. The file will open in a new browser window and may take a minute or so to load, depending on your internet access capacity. When you are finished viewing, click on the "X" in the upper right hand corner to close that window and return to the CMHEC website in the original browser window.
If your browser does not support the viewing of the PowerPoint file (.ppt), you can download & install Microsoft's PowerPoint Viewer 2003. Click here to go to the Microsoft download website.
To obtain your own copy, you can download the PowerPoint presentation for individual or classroom use (16MB) . Right mouse click (or, if you are on a Mac, Control-click) here and select Save As and then navigate to the directory where you want the file saved. The amount of time required for download will vary depending on your internet access capacity.
If you would prefer, you can purchase a copy of the "Exhibiting History" CD from CMHEC for $10 (includes shipping and handling). Make check payable to the Chicago Metro History Education Center.
National History Day
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Writing Effective Labels
For students who enjoy performing in front of others and want to take what they've learned as historians and communicate it dramatically, then the Performance category might be the right choice. Characterization, props, costumes, and script-writing take the place of caption and fomecore. Performances provide a chance to make history "come alive."
The following guide to doing History Fair Performances was written by Christy Neider, a former History Day student and history teacher; it was revised and expanded by Sherry Rollo, also a History Day student and now a practicing attorney. CMHEC also contains a library of videotaped performances that may be viewed.
Download the entire Performances Guide (pdf format)