How Parents Can Guide Students through the Final History Fair Steps

The key is here is guide, not do. Students have poured a ton of work into these projects, and take great pride in both their research and vision to share their findings. We want students to lead this process, but it will likely require some coaching and guidance at home. Here’s how to help understand where your child should be. Start with the top – kids shouldn’t move on to the next step without mastering the preceding one.

Check their “RCF.” This form holds all of their research. Individuals should have around 30 lines, with partners at 50 and groups at 65. You’ll find sources, early analysis, and will see how through their work is.

Ask to see their Comic Books. A few are in my classroom on display, but the rest have been distributed back to students. Their stories should not only have a clear conflict and/or compromise, but also illustrate some context for that topic, and show some change. “So What?”

Next, check their Outline. This was a crucial step to organize the above research.

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The Argumentation Form comes next. This rainbow sheet will organize the claims and evidence which they’ll thread throughout the next step.

The final document is the Master Plan – their FINAL document for History Fair! This plan utilizes their outline (probably refined) and should have a refined thesis. Each outline section correlates to a label. See this post from last year for an explanation on this process, though I’ll try to update it next week.

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