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2009 Chicago History Fair Rules and Guidelines

This year Scammon students in the 4th-8th grade will be involved in creating a history exhibit. Teachers will divide students into groups no larger than four students. Students may want to work individually, so teachers can modify the work load based on each individual.

The 2009 national History Fair theme is “The Individual in History: Actions and Legacies”. All projects should relate to Chicago history or topics covered in your curriculum. However, we encourage students to tailor topics to the national theme. Only 6th, 7th, and 8th grade topics that relate to Chicago History can move beyond the Scammon History Fair.

Included in this packet are rules and guidelines, a schedule, a list of topics, history fair resources.

2009 History Fair Schedule

December 8-19

Introduce History Fair, and schedule, work on activities to narrow topic and form historical questions.

Begin activities on note taking and gathering resources.

Preliminary Research: Gather research using secondary sources (books) and take notes.

Choose final topics/ partners and begin gathering solid research on your topic.

December 19- Topic and name of group members DUE!

December 22- January 5

Research and take notes.

January 5 – List of Secondary Resources (2 books and another source) DUE!

January 5- 9

Further Research Activities on developing a thesis

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