Judging for State Finals

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Read What the
Michigan History Day
Program Means to Me

A Judge’s Perspective

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Every year, thousands of Michigan students grades 4-12 research and prepare projects on a range of historical topics for Michigan History Day®. Students can present the results of their research in a variety of formats, from the traditional research paper to a documentary, an exhibit, a website, or a live performance! The Michigan History Day program combines the rigor of legitimate historical research with students’ creativity in presenting their research.

You can help us make Michigan History Day a success!

We need the help of individuals with an interest in history and education to serve as judges at the state finals. The most important qualities for a judge are strong common sense and an enthusiasm for interacting with students. You should have a lively interest in history, but not necessarily a specific background in history. We provide training in how to judge the Michigan History Day entries, and you will be placed on teams with experienced judges.

Judges evaluate the participants’ entries and provide constructive feedback to the students. As part of the judging process, you will have the opportunity to interview the students who created the projects. One of the pleasures of judging at Michigan History Day is meeting students who have a passion for their topic!

Resources for Judges

2018 NHD Theme Book
2018 NHD Theme Sheet

In-Depth Judging Instructions by Category

Exhibit
Website
Performance
Documentary
Paper

Evaluation Sheets by Category

Exhibit
Website
Performance
Documentary
Paper

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Historical Society of Michigan 5815 Executive Drive Lansing, MI 48911
Email hsm@hsmichigan.org | Phone (517) 324-1828 | Fax (517) 324-4370

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