Tips for Students:
Credit to Amy Cohen for her tips
- Check judging sheet regularly to remember what's most important!
- Let your thesis be your guide; all material should support the thesis.
- Follow rules closely.
- The process paper should be detailed and flawless.
- 1500 - 2500 words, numbered and double-spaced pages
- MLA or Turabian citation, includes a title page listing only title, name, and division/category
- All papers must also include an annotated bibliography
Relation to the Theme is 20% of judging criteria
- Develop a clear thesis within the theme: "Taking a stand in history."
- Your thesis does not need to address every aspect of the theme
- Draw connections to the theme
- The paper should both relate to the thesis and demonstrate the historical significance of the topic
Historical Quality of the Paper is 60% of judging criteria
- Papers should include both primary and secondary sources
- Judges are looking for a variety of sources that consider multiple viewpoints
- Interpret and Analyze
- Don't just regurgitate - the paper should have a strong central argument
- Place the topic in historical context: consider the intellectual, physical, social, and cultural setting of the time period
Clarity of Presentation is 20% of judging criteria
- Be sure to polish!
- Make sure the paper follows and logical sequence and has an organizational pattern.
- Also be sure that citations are used properly and are easy to follow.
This is an individual project
- Teachers are allowed to offer editing suggestions to a level of "reasonable help"