Students are choosing their topics for History Fair this week. While this sounds simple, students must consider several important factors:
- Availability of sources
- Connection to Theme
- Personal interest
- Be at least 25 years old and related to Chicago or Illinois
- Have an impact or effect on Illinois or America.
To complete this process, students are writing 2 topic proposals. This ensures we don’t have too many duplicates and that students have thoroughly examined a topic. I’ll need 2 proposal packets from each student on Friday, and will sort through topic assignments then. I cannot guarantee students their first choice, but that’s why we have 2 proposals!
The first document in the proposal packet is a Topic Proposal:
Second, students must include sources. Nothing fancy, no citations (yet), but a list of sources to show there’s something to support this project. I need 7 for individuals, 15 for pairs, and 20 sources for groups.
Third is the Sunshine Doc. I wrote about this last week, but to paraphrase, this is a tool to analyze your topic and evaluate it against the details of a good HF topic:
Finally, students working in groups or in pairs must include a social contract. This contract is designed by students, and walks them through the process of examining what a group’s outcomes are, and what potential consequences may be for failing to meet expectations:
Every student must complete 2 packets by Friday!