|Performances Blend History and Entertainment|
For students who enjoy performing in front of others and want to take what they've learned as historians and communicate it dramatically, then the Performance category might be the right choice. Characterization, props, costumes, and script-writing take the place of caption and fomecore. Performances provide a chance to make history "come alive."
The following guide to doing History Fair Performances was written by Christy Neider, a former History Day student and history teacher; it was revised and expanded by Sherry Rollo, also a History Day student and now a practicing attorney. CMHEC also contains a library of videotaped performances that may be viewed.
Chicago Metro History Fair Performances & Historical Voices
Performances are dramatic presentations of a historical interpretation based on evidence; Historical Voices are a form of public speaking that combines a speech with student analysis.
RULE 1: Individuals or groups of no more than five may participate in a dramatic performance project. No more than two students can participate in a Historical Voices project.
RULE 2: Performances are 10 minutes long.
RULE 3: Dramatic performances and props/scenery must be created and performed entirely by the students registered.
RULE 4: Two copies of the Summary Statement Form with an attached annotated bibliography should be submitted. Primary and secondary sources should be separated in the annotated bibliography.
RULE 5: Project topics must be connected to the Chicago region--even if the national theme is being used. Non-Chicago topics will still be evaluated but will not be eligible to advance. Junior HF allows topics in Illinois history.
RULE 6: Plagiarism is not accepted, and constitutes grounds for disqualification.
PENALTY POINTS (High School only)
Performances & Historical Voices Guidelines
Download the STUDENT-CENTERED PERFORMANCES GUIDE
More tips from National History Day
Sample performances by History Fair Students--You Can Do It Too!