Which Product? Choosing a History Fair Project.

As we begin building our arguments, it’s an appropriate time to start thinking about how to showcase our research. I’ll need students to do a “mock-up” of their project by next Wednesday. A “mock-up” is simply a drawing of what their project will look like.

  • Exhibits and Websites should be drawn out. Give your imagination life so I can see you planning for success.
  • Documentaries and Performances should have an outline or power point featuring a scene-by-scene outline of what your final film will feature.
  • Research papers should provide an outline.

This is a brief overview of the guidelines for each project. Please visit the HF website @ http://www.chicagohistoryfair.org/history-fair/history-fair-rules-a-guidelines.html for more specific information and guidelines. Students are accountable for following all rules! Visit the NHD website to see some specific examples of how these projects could look! 


  • Best for projects with high-quality images, videos, etc.
  • Should be “museum-like,” meaning, small chunks of text accompanying visuals or artifacts.
  • Size limitations: 6 feet high X 40 inches wide X 30 inches deep. Exhibits must be free standing.
  • Be creative! Do something different, not just the standard Michael’s tri-fold (though that’s okay, too!).
  • Use between 750-1,000 words (headings not included).


  • Best for projects with high-quality images, videos, etc. Should be interactive, not an electronic exhibit.
  • Must use the NHD Weebly website editor at http://www.nhd.weebly.com
  • Must contain no more than 1,200 words. (does not count quotes, references, & sources)
  • All media must be pre-created… in other words, students cannot produce their own photo, film, or other media to put on their project.
  • Project may not exceed 100 MB total.


  • Performance may not exceed ten minutes.
  • Dramatic performances and props/scenery must be created and performed entirely by the students registered. Costumes and a “set” are strongly recommended.
  • Students are given five minutes to set up, five minutes to take down any sets.
  • Script and lines must be memorized.


  • Best for partners and/or groups… requires a large number of photos, visuals, or videos to do well.
  • Must be 9-10 minutes long. Time begins when first image/sound appears and concludes after credits.
  • Documentaries must be researched, created, narrated, and produced by the students registered.
  • Documentaries conclude with a list of credits for major audio and visuals sources only. The simple credits do not replace an annotated bibliography.
  • Documentaries should be self-running and students must operate all equipment. No live narration is allowed. Powerpoint projects are not documentaries.

Research Paper:

  • Individuals only. No groups or partners. Best 4 will advance to the Chicago Metro Fair.
  • Papers may be 1500-2500 words in length (refers to the body of the text only–not the additional components).
  • The paper is preceded by a cover page (title and student name only), thesis statement, and outline. It concludes with an annotated bibliography which is divided by primary and secondary sources. These pages are not included in the word count.
  • Best for topics that have good information, but limited visuals. Great for students who love to write.



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