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History Fair:  2017-2018 School Year

Projects are due: Thursday, February 8th 
[45 Minute Class Schedule]

HSA History Fair: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on 
Friday, February 9th, 2018
[45 Minute Class Schedule]
What is the National History Day (NHD) 2017-2018 History Fair theme? NHD 2018 Theme

Let's get started!  Remember that history and your History Fair project event must start at least 20-25 years ago.  Remember that your History Fair project must connect to Chicago and/or Illinois.  These connections can be obvious like Abraham Lincoln or the Chicago Fire or more obscure like former British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, and his request for American assistance during World War II, some of which took place in the form of manufacturing in and around Chicago.  For specifics guidelines and rules for each type of project, please visit the Commonly Asked Questions section (below).  My advice to you is to get a flash drive, organize a folder on the computer you will be using, or create a Google folder in Google docs (information under the Commonly Asked Questions section below).  This will be important because the following assignments will all be part of your final Summary Statement Form.  It will be much easier to cut and paste and then update, instead of rewriting or recreating.  Remember each assignment should be completed with a proper heading, which includes the History Fair number of assignment, title of assignment, and each student's full names, regardless if you are working individually or in a group.  If you decide to work in a group and leave a student's name off the assignment, I will assume that student did not contribute and they will not receive any credit.  

IMPORTANT DATES: Timeline of assignments to keep YOU on track

HF #1 - NHD Proposal Form 2018.doc Due: Monday/Tuesday of December 4th/5th, 2017 [Block Schedule]

NOTE:  -10 points if you change the format or topic of your History Fair project after this date.  

HF #2 - Topic Description w/ Parental Signature Due: Friday/Monday of December 8th/11th, 2017 [Block Schedule]
Type a brief topic description of your project here, brief = ½ typed page]

SPECIAL NOTE:  Remember each assignment should be completed with a proper heading, which includes the History Fair number, title, and each group member’s full names.  The following assignments (HF #’s 3 -9) will be returned to you, so you can make the proper corrections and be typed into your Summary Statement Form [find the electronic version of the Summary Statement Form above] 

HF #3 - Working Thesis Statement Due: Thursday/Friday of December 14th/15th, 2017 [Block Schedule]
Remember, a thesis should be 1-2 sentences long starting with a fact and then your opinion (argument) of the event. 
NOTE: If your thesis changes, as it may, you need to it discuss personally with Mr. Streit.

Thesis Statement Location Center:  HF List of Projects and Thesis Statement [Updated on 2/5/18]

Winter Vacation is great time to start proving your thesis (argument) with research.
Please use this time wisely so you don't fall behind.  Happy New Year!

HF #4 - Historical Significance Due: Monday/Tuesday of January 8th/9th, 2018 [Block Schedule]
Answer the following questions: Why does your chosen topic matter?  What historical meaning or importance can we learn from your findings?  
NOTE:  Minimum ½ typed page. Write in a normal paragraph format [no lists or bullet points]

HF #5 - Integration of Theme Due: Wednesday/Thursday of January 10th/11th, 2018 [Block Schedule]
How does your project integrate the History Fair theme, “Conflict & Compromise in History”? 
NOTE:  Minimum ½ typed page. Write in a normal paragraph format [no lists or bullet points]

HF #6 - Historical Question Due: Tuesday/Wednesday of January 16th/17th, 2018 [Block Schedule]
What historical question did you start off with and how did it change or evolve once you began doing your research?  
NOTE:  Minimum ½ typed page. Write in a normal paragraph format [no lists or bullet points]

HF #7 - Historical Evidence Due: Monday/Tuesday of January 22nd/23rd, 2018 [Block Schedule]
What kinds of sources did you use as evidence to develop your argument (for example, letters, photographs, government documents, interviews, etc.)?
Select one piece of evidence that you used and explain how it has influenced your thesis (argument). 
NOTE:  Minimum ½ typed page. Write in a normal paragraph format [no lists or bullet points]

HF #8 - Resource List Due: Monday/Tuesday of January 29th/30th, 2018 [Block Schedule]
List the libraries (other than school), museums, and other institutions that you visited to do your research.  You will need a minimum of two locations for full credit.

HF #9 - Final Annotated Bibliography Due: Wednesday/Thursday of January 31st & February 1st, 2018 [Block Schedule]
Divide primary (3 minimum) and secondary (5 minimum) sources from each other and cite them in MLA format using the links below.  Annotate your citations:  Meaning in 1- 2 sentences, describe how you used each source.  For any internet source or interviews, add an additional sentence that explains why you think the source is credible.

HF #EC -
Extra Credit - Early HF Presentation Due: Wednesday/Thursday of January 31st & February 1st, 2018 [Block Schedule] (10 HW Extra Credit points)
  • Turn in completed or nearly completed History Fair project and be able to present to the class
  • Projects will NOT receive extra credit if turned in after this due date.
  • You do not need to have your Summary Statement Form completed to present.
  • Be able to handle advice and criticism from your teacher and peers.
  • When you are done presenting, take your project home and make the necessary corrections and/or improvements.

HF #FINAL - FINAL PROJECT Due: Thursday, February 8th, 2018[45 minute class schedule]

  • Bring your project to school.
  • Have your complete name (all group members), grade, and homeroom clearly labeled.
  • Two typed copies of your Summary Statement Form.
  • Final Annotated Bibliography:  Divide primary (3 minimum) and secondary (5 minimum) sources from each other and cite them in MLA format using the links below.  Annotate your citations:  Meaning in 1- 2 sentences, describe how you used each source.  For any internet source or interviews, add an additional sentence that explains why you think the source is credible.
  • NOTE:  Students that have completed a Media Documentary must have their project saved on a flash drive and are encouraged, but not required, to bring in their own laptop to ensure the Media Documentary will work for the History Fair Judges.
  • -10 points for every day your History Fair project is not turned in after the due date.  

HF #PRESENTATION  Presentation of your FINAL PROJECT during class after the Hawthorne History Fair

  • Chicago Metro (City) History Junior History Fair - TBD
  • Illinois History Expo - TBD at Prairie Capitol Convention Center, Springfield
  • National History Day - TBD at University of Maryland, College Park


I need help with a topic idea that will work with the NHD 2017-2018 History Fair Theme? 


I am new to National History Day (NHD) and the Chicago Metro History Fair and need help understanding? 


What are the guidelines for the type of project I want to create?  Download the guidelines here: 


Are there any specific rules I need to follow while creating my type of project?  YES!  Download the rules here:  


What if I am struggling to write a good thesis?  Try the following:

Is it a good idea to work in a group?  It is, if you establish the following: 
Tips for Working Successfully in a Group by Randy Pausch, for the Building Virtual Worlds at Carnegie Mellon, Spring 1998 (modified)
  1. Meet people properly.  It all starts with the introduction.  Then, exchange contact information, and make sure you know how to pronounce everyone’s names.  Exchange email addresses and phone #s, and find out what hours are acceptable to call during.
  2. Make meeting conditions good.  Have a large surface to write on, make sure the room is quiet and warm enough, and that there aren’t lots of distractions.  Make sure no one is hungry, cold, or tired.  Meet over a meal if you can; food softens a meeting.  That’s why they “do lunch” in Hollywood.
  3. Let everyone talk.  Even if you think what they’re saying is stupid.  Cutting someone off is rude, and not worth whatever small time gain you might make.  Don’t finish someone’s sentences for him or her; they can do it for themselves.  And remember: talking louder or faster doesn’t make your idea any better.
  4. Check your egos at the door.  When you discuss ideas, immediately label them and write them down.  The labels should be descriptive of the idea, not the originator: “the troll bridge story,” not “Jane’s story.”
  5. Praise each other.  Find something nice to say, even if it’s a stretch.  Even the worst of ideas has a silver lining inside it, if you just look hard enough.  Focus on the good, praise it, and then raise any objections or concerns you have about the rest of it.  
  6. Put it in writing.  Always write down who is responsible for what, by when.  Be concrete.  Arrange meetings by email, and establish accountability.  Never assume that someone’s roommate will deliver a phone message. Also, remember that “politics is when you have more than 2 people” – with that in mind, always CC (carbon copy) any piece of email within the group, or to me, to all members of the group.  This rule should never be violated; don’t try to guess what your group mates might or might not want to hear about.
  7. Be open and honest.  Talk with your group members if there’s a problem, and talk with me if you think you need help.  The whole point of this course is that it’s tough to work across cultures.  If we all go into it knowing that’s an issue, we should be comfortable discussing problems when they arise -- after all, that’s what this course is really about. Be forgiving when people make mistakes, but don’t be afraid to raise the issues when they come up,
  8. Avoid conflict at all costs. When stress occurs and tempers flare, take a short break. Clear your heads, apologize, and take another stab at it.  Apologize for upsetting your peers, even if you think someone else was primarily at fault; the goal is to work together, not start a legal battle over whose transgressions were worse. It takes two to have an argument, so be the peacemaker.
  9. Phrase alternatives as questions.  Instead of “I think we should do A, not B,” try “What if we did A, instead of B?”  That allows people to offer comments, rather than defend one choice.


I need help organizing my thoughts and developing topic?  


What is the difference between a primary and secondary source?  Identify Primary-Secondary Worksheet.pdf


What if I want to receive extra credit, plus my parents want to judge?  AWESOME!  You will receive 10 extra credit points in the Assessment FOR Learning category.  Download the Judge Request Form here: HSA History Fair - Judge Request Form 2018 (extra credit) 


How will I be graded?  HF Junior Division Scorecard.pdf


I am still confused on what history fair is?  Check out the following for a better understanding: 


How do I know if I am successfully finished?  Try this checklist?  History Fair Projects CHECKLIST.pdf


Where can I find sample or example project?  Here you go:   NHD: Student Project Examples

Congratulations Section

2017-2018 School Year

Chicago Metro (City) Junior Division History Fair - Saturday, April 7th at Lane Tech High School
  • 9:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. (doors open for students at 9:00 a.m.)

ATTENTION ALL - Chicago Metro (City) History Fair Winners 
All students, regardless if you worked in a group, moving on to City (Metro) History Fair must submit a Chicago Metro History Fair Student Authorization Form.  Students can bring the form to the Chicago Metro (City) Junior Division History Fair, but are encouraged to mail it to Chicago Metro History Education Center at Newberry Library, 60 W Walton Ave, Chicago, IL, 60610. 
  • All projects should accompany three sets of the Summary Statement Form and three copies of the Annotated Bibliography.
  • Exhibit Board students will bring their project,   Exhibit Boards will directly set-up their exhibits and material the day of the event.
  • Live Performances need to show up a half hour in advance of their appointment.
  • Documentaries need to be uploaded following these steps:  
  1. Go to  
  2. Click TAKE ME TO FREE
  3. Click on the + symbol.  NOTE: The file must be under 2GB.  If you have a larger file, consider using your video software to reduce the size.
  4. Email to: [email protected]
  5. Enter your email address.  NOTE:  Personal email accounts work better than CPS accounts
  6. In the Message Field, type the following:  YOUR FIRST & LAST NAME(S), SCHOOL NAME, "Group" or "Individual", & "PROJECT TITLE"
  7. Then click TRANSFER.  NOTE:  Transfer takes about 5 minutes.  When complete you will see a message on your screen.  You will also receive two emails.  The first is a confirmation that the file was sent.  The second is a confirmation that it has been downloaded.  
  • Websites and Research Papers are judged off-site, therefore students need not attend the fair.  Since attendance is optional, please mail in your Website address and Research Paper with the Chicago Metro History Fair Student Authorization Form in by Friday, March 31st.  Although, attendance is optional it is highly encouraged that students make an interview meeting with a History Fair Judge.  Additional information will be sent to you after your Authorization Form has been received. Sign up for an appointment time with the links below:  Afternoon Session Interviews Appointment Sign-Up (TBD)
  • You may want to bring a snack!


  1. All students set-up exhibit or visit room to make sure tech works
  2. Greetings/Welcome in the Auditorium
  3. Documentaries and Performances presented, interviews occur concurrently
  4. Website and Paper interviews occur (optional)
  5. Websites and Papers displayed in Room TBA
  6. Exhibits are judged without the student present
  7. Exhibit students return to the hall for judges' interviews

  • 8th Grade – Joaquin Ancheta – To Be Black and Blue: Louis Armstrong’s Compromises and The Conflict of Civil Rights
    • 8th Grade – Bennett Patterson & Lucas Cozuc – The Haymarket Affair and The Impact of the Labor Unions (K of L)

    Exhibit Boards
    • 8th Grade – Nancy Zhou, Alyssa Hansraj, & Belen del Castillo – Lucy Parsons: Revolutionary Anarchist
    • 8th Grade – Paul Harris – X Marks the Destruction of Meigs Field
    • 8th Grade – Keirra Gettings & Naomi Epstein – The Life Changing Mill Girls: Story of the Lowell Mill Girls
    • 7th Grade – Kevin Retzloff – Slavery, Succession, Civil War, and the Copperheads vs. Lincoln
    • 7th Grade – Carly Gillman, Taylor Medina, & Rachel Berry – Ida B. Wells: A Courageous Voice
    • 6th Grade – Katelyn Tapia – Chicago Defender: Defender of Black Riots

    • 7th Grade – Paige Dziedzic & Estella Moster - Skirt in the Dirt (

    Research Papers

    Live Performance

    HSA History Fair Honorable Mention - Various Formats

    • 8th Grade – Mitzi Milojkovic & Jessica Cruz – Bill Ayers: Radical Activist
    • 8th Grade – Alex Wilen & Miles Taiber – Executive Order 9066
    • 8th Grade – Blake Berry – Old Enough to Fight, Old Enough to Vote
    • 8th Grade – Ethan Massey – Blood of the Congo
    • 8th Grade – Nathan Documento – Inside the Mind of Adolf Hitler
    • 8th Grade – Aidan Callow – North of 38th Parallel
    • 8th Grade – Elijah Brown – I Didn’t Think So
    • 8th Grade – Jack Osterman – Knights of Labor – Impact of Industrialism
    • 7th Grade – Semaje Thornton – James Baldwin: I Am Not Your Negro
    • 7th Grade – Reese Hoffman – Women in Rock
    • 7th Grade – Jackie DeMille & Kate Moro – Radical Women
    • 7th Grade – Charlie Johnston – Call Jane!
    • 7th Grade – Jeffrey Grez & Ethan Lerch – Overpopulation of Invasive Species in the Great Lakes
    • 8th Grade – Skyla Proctor, Sophie Elkins, & Marie Murphy – The Double Life of Audrey Hepburn
    • 6th Grade – Delilah Shaw & Sophie Mullins – A Twinkie in Time
    • 6th Grade – Gavin Stiglitz – Riots at the Democratic National Convention
    • 6th Grade – Lilia Tanabe – Chicago: A Sanctuary for Immigrants
    • 6th Grade – Aliyah Joshua – Ida B. Wells: The Start of the Civil Rights Movement
    Illinois History Expo - TBD at The Prairie Capitol Convention Center, Springfield, IL

    Winners please download and review the IL History Day Schedule 2017
    NOTE:  Please bring three sets of your Summary Statement Form and Annotated Bibliography with your project. 
    • 5:45 a.m. - Students get bus assignments and board (optional).  Please fill out and return the form by April 27:
    • 6:00 a.m.  - IL History Day Bus Permission Form 2017  (Buses depart Harrison and State) or Directions for people driving to the PCCC
    • 9:30 a.m. - Arrive in Springfield; students set up projects (they are pre-registered)
    • 10:30 a.m. - Opening ceremony in Prairie Capital Convention Center; superior papers and websites announced.
    • 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. -- Judging of performances, documentaries and exhibits. Springfield site-seeing!
    • 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. -- Public viewing of exhibits
    • 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. --  Awards ceremony in Prairie Capital Convention Center
    • 3:30 p.m. - Announcement of NHD qualifiers, immediately followed by an orientation meeting for students selected to advance to NHD.
    • 4:00 p.m. - Pick up exhibits, evaluations, and ribbons. Only teachers may pick up school packets. 
    • 4:15 p.m. - Buses leave for Chicago – boxed meal provided on the bus.

    * CMHEC offers charter bus/meal tickets for $55 per person (students and chaperones). Advance registration required. Passengers meet at 5:30 a.m. at Harrison & State streets and return by 8 p.m.

    Exhibit Boards


    Documentaries (NOTE:  Bring a DVD and USB of the project to ensure playability.  Please expect to leave a copy with your judges. No internet allowed.)




    Research Papers


    Live Performances


    National History Day - TBD at University of Maryland, College Park
    Registration Information:  Register for National History Day

    History Fair Summary Quiz Preparation: A List of Topics
    2018-2019 School Year

    6A: TBD

    6B: TBD

    7A:  TBD

    7B:  TBD

    8A:  TBD

    8B:  TBD