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  1. Categories • Historical Paper • Exhibit Category • Performance Category • Documentary Category • Web Site

  2. Historical Paper Category • The text must be no less than 1,500 words and no more than 2,500 words • Each word or number in the text of the paper counts as one word. This is an individual category • Include a bibliography of sources. Primary sources must be included. • No process paper required for this category. • In order for your paper to be considered for region or state, it must be submitted to Ms. Wells by Friday, February 10th .

  3. Historical Paper Category Papers must be typed computer printed, or legibly handwritten in ink on plain, white 8.5 x 11-inch paper with 1-inch margins on all sides. Pages must be numbered consecutively and double-spaced with writing on one side and with no more than 12 characters per inch or no less than 10-point type. Papers must be stapled in the top left corner and should not be enclosed in any cover or binder. The title page should have no illustrations. Four copies must be submitted. (Refer to www.nhd.org for additional rules)

  4. Exhibit Category • This is like a Science Fair Project – Use a Triboard – not a poster board • Make it colorful, neat, and include a lot of pictures, electronic media may be included (see rules) and other exhibit items placed in front of board • Use no more than 500 words • Written materials: title page, process paper and annotated bibliography

  5. Performance Category • This is the “acting category” • Have props and a script to go by • Electronic media is permitted • You have a 10 minute limit – you will be allowed 5 extra minutes to set up and 5 more minutes to take down the props • Written materials: title page, process paper and annotated bibliography

  6. Documentary Category • This is the film or PowerPoint, or Moviemaker category • You will have a 10 minute time limit • Must include acknowledgments and credits for all sources at end of presentation • Written materials: title page, process paper and annotated bibliography

  7. Web Site Category • National History Day requires web site projects to be created using the NHD web site editor. • May contain no more than 1,200 visible words. • Annotated bibliography and process paper must be integrated into the site (do not count towards word count) and no papers will be submitted • May use no more than 100MB of file space • Multimedia clips no longer than 45 sec.

  8. Web Site Category To participate in the web site category, students will need to build their sites on NHD’s Web Portal. To be clear: STUDENTS MUST GO THROUGH THE NHD PORTAL TO ACCESS THE NHD WEB SITE EDITOR – THEY CANNOT GO DIRECTLY TO WEEBLY.COM.

  9. Process Paper • No more than 500 words • This is like your science fair log • All projects except Historical Paper requires a Process Paper • During the Process Paper you must explain: a. how you chose your topic b. how you conducted your research c. how you selected your presentation category d. how your project relates to the National History Day theme

  10. Primary Sources • Each project must include primary sources. • A primary source is written or produced in the time period that you are investigating. • Primary sources are materials directly related to a topic by time or participation. • Primary sources include letters, speeches, diaries, newspaper articles from the time, oral history interviews, documents, photographs, artifacts, or anything else that provides first-hand accounts about a person or event.

  11. Due Dates: • Friday, January 13th turn in parent/student signature strip • Friday January 13th– turn in topic and type of project that you will complete • Thursday, January 19th – turn in at least 2 primary and 2 secondary sources • Monday January 30th – rough draft of historical paper, story board for documentary, web site, or exhibit, script for performance • Friday, February 9th- Historical Paper Due ∙ Thurs. & Fri. Feb. 9 & 10 – Howard Middle School National History Day Competition – include bibliography and Process Paper • Wednesday, February 15th– Regional Registration (winners at HMS Competition) due to Mrs. Wells by 8AM