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North Carolina History Day is a program designed to promote interest in history among students and to assist teachers in teaching history more effectively. The program will help students develop skills in historical research, analysis, critical thinking, organization, and presentation, as well as improve reading and writing skills. Students use these skills to design an exhibit, write a paper, produce a documentary, create a performance, or develop a web site centered around the annual theme. The History Day program also provides teachers with curriculum materials and training opportunities. For more information and registration instructions visit:
http://www.nchistoryday.org/

Judges for National History Day in North Carolina

Judges are needed for the National History Day in North Carolina state competition on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

National History Day is a hands-on academic program that makes history come alive for young people by engaging them in the discovery of the past. This year, middle and high school students across the state are developing research projects around the theme “Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events.” The Office of Archives and History is the primary sponsor of National History Day in North Carolina.

More than 70 judges are needed each year to help make the state contest a success. Judges will review student projects (grades 6-12), provide constructive feedback for all participants, and choose those projects that will move on to represent the state at the national academic competition in College Park, MD. No prior experience is required. Judging materials are provided in advance of the contest, and an orientation is held the morning of the contest. Judges work in teams of two or three, and every effort is made to include at least one experienced person on a team. The time commitment for the day is roughly 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. A continental breakfast and lunch are provided.

History Day projects can cover any era or continent, so expertise in a particular field of history is not required. Judges should have an understanding of historical research methods and sources or expertise in the category area (i.e. performance, videography, exhibit design, etc.)To sign up, please email laura.ketcham@ncdcr.gov. You may select what categories you would prefer to judge, listing several in priority order, and the coordinator will make every effort to honor the request. Or you may indicate that you will serve where you are most needed. Assignments will be made in late March or early April, at which time you will receive preliminary instructions.

The following are descriptions of the categories that will be judged:
  • Historical paper—traditional history research paper. These have to be read and judged during the week prior to the competition, so time is needed during the week to meet (or conference call) with other judges. While it is preferred that judges meet with students on Saturday, it might be possible for some paper judges not to be present on the Saturday of the contest, provided at least one member of the judging team is present to interview students. (Please note: For paper judges, we prefer to use judges who live or work near the Raleigh area.)
  • Website—a website created by the student(s). These have to be read and judged during the week prior to the competition, so time is needed during the week to meet (or conference call) with other judges. While it is preferred that judges meet with students on Saturday, it might be possible for some website judges not to be present on the Saturday of the contest, provided at least one member of the judging team is present to interview students.
  • Exhibit—a standing exhibit. Judges of exhibits must be present on contest day.
  • Performance—a 10-minute original performance. Judges of performances must be present on contest day.
  • Documentary—a 10-minute original documentary. Judges of documentaries must be present on contest day.

For more information on History Day visit:

www.nchistoryday.org

or

www.nhd.org.














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