How To: Score 100%

National History Day Scoring Criteria

As you work on your History Day project, refer to this scoring guide. It's broken down into 3 sections (as outlined below). An easy way to think about each criterion is that each one is worth 10% of your overall grade.

HISTORICAL QUALITY (60%)

Criterion

Evaluation Questions

Entry is historically accurate

 

Is what you’re presenting actually true?

Can you verify your facts?

Would most historians pay attention to your claims?

Shows analysis and interpretation

What do you think about the topic?

How do you prove your thesis?

Places topic in historical context

What other things are going on in the world at this time?

How does your topic relate to what’s happening in the world at that time?

Shows wide research

Do you have enough sources?

Do you find books?

Are you missing important sources for the topic?

Uses available primary sources

How do you let those who experienced the event tell the story?

Do you have quotes from those involved thoroughly intertwined throughout your project?

Research is balanced
                                                                                                                              

Did you find sources that disagree with your thesis?

Do you flesh out the other side of the argument?


RELATION TO THEME (20%)

Criterion Evaluation Questions
Clearly relates topic to theme

Did you pick the topic just because you liked it?

How does it connect to the annual theme?

Do you show judges how it connect to theme throughout your project?

Demonstrates significance of topic in history and draws conclusions

Do you prove your thesis?

Do you offer your own ideas?

Do you agree / disagree with what others have stated?

How do your primary sources help you arrive at your conclusion?



CLARITY OF PRESENTATION (20%)

Each of these are specific to the category and are hopefully self-explanatory. You can look at your category's specific rubric to see what these 2 criterion are. Talk to your teacher if you have questions.

  • Is what you’re presenting actually true?
  • Can you verify your facts?
  • Would most historians pay attention to your claims?
  • Is what you’re presenting actually true?
  • Can you verify your facts?
  • Would most historians pay attention to your claims?
  • Is what you’re presenting actually true?
  • Can you verify your facts?
  • Would most historians pay attention to your claims?
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