Documentaries are great for students who like to work with computers and multimedia. A documentary should reflect your ability to use audio-visual equipment to communicate a topic’s significance in history. Documentary projects should be ten minutes or less, provide credits to showcase cited resources and include a hard copy of your process paper and an annotated bibliography.
Exhibits are a three dimensional representation of your research and interpretation of your topic’s significance in history. Exhibit projects use color, images, documents, objects, graphics and a 500 student composed word limit (not including citations) to showcase your analysis of the topic. Labels and captions should be used to creatively with visual images and objects to enhance the message of the exhibit.
A paper is a traditional form of presenting historical research and is an individual effort with a 1,500 - 2,500 word limit. Various types of creative writing (for example, fictional diaries, poems, etc.) are permitted, but most conform to all general and category rules.
Paper Project Examples
- Black Hawk: Taking a Stand for His Homeland
Junior Historical Paper
Carter Fitzgerald, Harding Middle School (Cedar Rapids)
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A performance is a dramatic portrayal of your topic’s significance in history and must be an original production. It should be scripted based on research of your chosen topic and should not exceed the time limit of ten minutes. Students are welcome to use costumes, music and props during their performance but must be responsible for all materials during the contest.
All website project should be created through a Weebly.com/nhd account and reflect the your ability to use website design software to communicate the topic’s significance in history. Websites are a collection of web pages, interconnected by hyperlinks, that present both primary and secondary sources and your historical analysis. In order for websites to engage and inform viewers, websites should incorporate interactive multimedia, text, non-textual descriptions (e.g., photographs, maps, music, etc.) and interpretations of sources.
Website Project Examples
- A Population Imprisoned: Occupying Alcatraz and Taking a Stand for Native American Rights
Senior Group Website
Parul Srivastava, Lauren Fergus, Obsee Abbajabal, Marianne Aldrich and Angela Cai
Johnston High School, Johnston, Iowa
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