Standards & Approaches
International Baccalaureate MYP

Hand-in-Hand: An Introduction to History Fair for International Baccalaureate Teachers

History Fair is a great fit for the I.B. Middle Years Programme. Click on the links below to learn more.

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Goals and Learning Standards

History Fair offers a rigorous academic program that addresses both fundamental and higher order thinking skills in Social Studies and Language Arts-and we have been doing so for over 25 years. The current codification of these vital skills in State Goals and Learning Standards attest to the History Fair's solid approach. In addition, History Fair provides a product which can be assessed-the research paper, exhibit, live performance, or media documentary-but it provides an alternative assessment model to measure students' achievements.

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Common Core

COMMON CORE STANDARDS AND THE CHICAGO METRO HISTORY FAIR

During the Chicago Metro History Fair, students spend up to six months working individually or in groups to create historical research projects. Students learn how to find and use primary and secondary sources as evidence in their projects. Participation in History Fair helps students improve their reading, writing, thinking, and presentation skills.

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Understanding by Design

ASSESSMENT EVIDENCE – "GRASP" USING HISTORY FAIR THEME

Performance Tasks

History Fair offers four categories that provide authentic opportunities for students to illustrate their learning. These categories are modeled on the ways that professional historians convey their conclusions.  The performance tasks can be modified easily to include the National History Day theme, if you wish (see samples below with 2011 theme).  The performance task instructions have been written in the GRASPS format recommended by Understanding by Design for your convenience.

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Historical Thinking Standards

History Fair and the National History Standards

The Chicago Metro History Fair addresses each one of the National History Standards for Historical Thinking in Grades 5-12.

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