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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.

Objectives Alignment: Chicago Metro History Fair and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme

Based on MYP Year 3 (8th grade)
[Year 5 Benchmarks (10th grade) and noted when they differ from Year 3.]

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International Baccalaureate MYP Criteria Humanities Curriculum History Fair/History Day model of inquiry and project-based humanities learning
A. Knowing and Understanding History Fair meets Criterion A as students
Use humanities terminology in context
  • Undertake essential questions and themes of history as they build their knowledge and comprehension.
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of subject-specific content and concepts, appropriate to the age level, using descriptions, explanations and examples
  • Study a narrow topic in-depth. While the topic has a local history connection, it can be best understood in its national and global context.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of social, economic, political, and cultural historical contexts that inform their topic.
  • Distinguish factual accuracy, credible sources, multiple perpectives, relevant knowledge.
B. Investigating History Fair meets Criterion B as students
Formulate a clear and focused research question
  • Form their own historical research question on a topic of their choosing.
Follow an action plan to investigate a research question
  • Employ metacognitive skills, maintain and meet deadlines of a three to six month research project.
Use methods accurately to collection and record information consistent with the research question
  • Conduct research using digital sources, collections in libraries, archives, and community and university resources.
  • Use note-taking methods that promote active learning (such as Cornell)
Effectively address the research question
  • Collect, analyze, and use credible and relevant sources as evidence that support an original thesis.
C. Thinking Critically History Fair meets Criterion C as students
Analyze concepts, events, issues, models and/or arguments
  • Analyze concepts, events, issues, models and arguments using historical thinking skills.
  • Use evidence to reach a conclusion.
  • Evaluate historical significance.
  • Explain cause and effect and change over time.
  • Analyze short term and long term impact.
Evaluate and analyze a range of sources in terms of origin and purpose, recognizing values and limitations
  • "Source documents" (evaluate and analyze) for origin, purpose, author, audience, value, limitations, and context.
Recognize [interpret] different perspectives and their implications
  • Develop a thesis based on the historical question.
  • Synthesize primary and secondary sources to tell a story and make a valid, well-supported argument based on the evidence.
  • Evaluate the relevancy of their topic to the presnt.
D. Communicating History Fair meets IB Criteria D as students
Communicate information and ideas using an appropriate style for the audience and purpose
  • Communicate their argument and interpretation by presenting a research paper, exhibit, performance, documentary or website to a public audience.
Structure information and ideas in a way that is appropriate to the specified format
  • Use the project category best suited to the sources, displaying careful attention to details to produce a presentation which is coherent, well-organized, and engaging.
Create [document] a list of sources of according to the task instructions
  • Create a bibliography, using MLA or Turabian/CMS styles, which must be annotated (papers must use citations).


History Fair Project Evaluation (Performance Assessment) Alights with the I.B. Humanities Criteria Performance Rubrics

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Junior Division (MYP grades 6-8)

ib hf alignment rubric jr

Senior Division (MYP grade 10)

ib hf alignment rubric sr


"Hand-in-Hand: An Introduction to History Fair for I.B. Teachers" Power Point Presentation

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