Welcome to the Ft. Worth/Arlington History Day Contest

Important Dates & Times

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Fort Worth and Arlington Regional History Day

March 7, 2020

Schedule of Events

 

8:30-9:30 am                     Registration and set-up of projects in the

                                         E.H.Hereford University Center, Palo Duro Lounge.

                                         Judging will begin at 10am.

 

 8:30-9:30am                    Judges Orientation in Room 106 in the Honor’s College.

 

 10:00am-1:00pm              Judging of Documentaries and Performances will

                                        take place in Preston Hall.  Papers and  

                                        Web Sites will be judged prior to the day of the contest.

                                                                                   

 2:00-3:00pm                    Public viewing of exhibits.        

                                                            

 2:00-4:00pm                    Call backs in Documentaries and Performances. 

                                        Students with exhibits will not need to be present for   

                                        callbacks.

 

 3:30-4:00pm                    Exhibits MUST be removed

 

 5:00pm                            AWARDS CEREMONY

                                        (Rosebud Theater-Hereford University Center)

                                        Medals will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Places.

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Fort Worth and Arlington Regional History Day

March 7, 2020

 

Registration opens: December 1, 2019

Registration closes: February 14, 2020

 

For students working on a group project, the first student to register will create the entry.  That student will then give their fellow group members the “team key”.

Essays and websites must be submitted electronically by February 15th for early judging. 

 

Helpful links:

2020 Theme Book

About the Theme: Breaking Barriers

Search Organizer

This graphic organizer helps students examine historical context within the theme Breaking Barriers in History

How to Create an NHD project

5 Keys to Success

Student Resources

Project Categories

Example Projects

 

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Fort Worth and Arlington Regional History Day

March 7, 2020

 

Registration opens: December 1, 2019

Registration closes: February 14, 2020

 

Thank you for taking part in the 2020 National History Day program.  This is an exciting educational opportunity that allows your students to develop their research and writing skills while learning history and demonstrating their talents and creativity. It is also an excellent vehicle for Project Based Learning.  The program starts at the school or district level with the top three (3) entries in each category advancing to the Region 21 History Day contest.

The Region 21 History Day Contest will be held Saturday, March 7, 2019 on the campus of The University of Texas at Arlington.  It is co-sponsored by the University of Texas at Arlington Department of History and Arlington ISD. The theme for this year is “Breaking Barriers”.  History Day is open to all students in grades 6 through 12.  The Junior Division consists of grades 6 through 8 and the Senior Division includes grades 9 through 12.  Students may enter in the categories of Historical Paper, Individual or Group Exhibit, Individual or Group Performance, Individual or Group Documentary, and Individual or Group Interpretive Web Site.  Each school will be limited to 3 entries in each category. (Do not do this by grade level, but by division.)  The top two finalists in each category will advance to the Texas History Day Contest on April 25, 2020.  The Texas History Day Contest will be held in Austin at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.  It is sponsored by the Texas State Historical Association and the U.T. Center for the Studies in Texas History.

 

Teacher Resources:

Project Categories Infographic

Texas State Historical Association Teacher Resources

Helpful links:

2020 Theme Book

2020 Theme Narrative

How to Create an NHD project

Student Resources

Project Categories

Example Projects

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Fort Worth and Arlington Regional History Day

March 7, 2020

Judges play a very critical part in the success of History Day.  We cannot host the contest without our judges. Our judges in the past have found it to be a very rewarding experience.  Many of the students have become experts in their area of research and you can learn so much about history from them.  With your help, our student participants have an opportunity to progress to Texas History Day and maybe even National History Day. 

If you are confirmed as a National Contest judge, you will receive detailed instructions and materials to help you prepare for your busy days. The morning begins with a judging orientation and meeting your fellow judges.

Entries are scheduled at specific time intervals, depending on which category you are judging. There will be a lunch break midday. You will complete evaluations for each entry and submit other paperwork.

After the last entry in your judging group has finished, you and your judging teammates will discuss comments and ratings, and come to a conclusion about the final overall rankings for the entries in your group.

Judging Criteria

Historical Quality (60%)

  • Historical accuracy
  • Historical context
  • Analysis and interpretation
  • Use of available primary sources
  • Wide research
  • Balanced research

Relation to Theme (20%)

  • Clearly relates to theme
  • Demonstrates significance of topic in history and draws conclusions

Clarity of Presentation (20%)

  • Presentation, written materials are original, clear, appropriate, organized and articulate
  • Entry is organized; visual impact is appropriate to topic

Category Specific Judging Guides

Conflict of Interest

Judge’s  must inform the contest coordinator of any potential conflict of interest related to their judging, which could include judging a student, or category with several students, in which s/he has mentored a
participant, personally known a participant or previously judged a participant this year.

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