13 Requirements for a Winning Entry

  1. A clear thesis statement that ARGUES a position.
  2. Briefly state how the project connects with the theme.
  3. At least one appropriate map, graph, or chart.  The best projects will provide examples of all three.  Maps should include a compass rose and a legend.
  4. At least six pictures or diagrams.  Visual projects should contain many more.
  5. At least three other primary sources, including one copy of a written source, and two quotes.  Excellent projects will contain many more primary sources.
  6. For each source, write a brief caption under it, explain how it provides evidence that supports the thesis statement, and cite the source: (last name of author or name of database, plus year or date published).
  7. Uncommon facts within material written by the student must also be cited: (last name of author or name of database, and year published).
  8. A hand-drawn timeline, with an equal space between each unit of time.  The timeline should list five to ten events related to the project.  Too many events diminish the impact of the chronology.  Small pictures enliven timelines.
  9. Include other opinions within the project to balance the presentation.
  10. An explanation of the historical impact (what changed as a result)
  11. A packet containing a title page, annotated bibliography, and process paper.
  12. The 250-500 word process paper must describe (1) how the topic was chosen; (2) how the research was conducted; (3) how the project was put together; and (4) how the project relates to the 2009-10 History Day theme.
  13. Write the number and a brief description of the California State History Standard most relevant to the thesis statement.