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Nation History Day Rubric

Posted on Dec 28, 2012 by in Challenge, National History Day, Social Studies

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National History Day
Rubric/ Judging Criteria

Historical
Quality (60%)
Excellent/ Exemplary Good/ ProficientNeeds Improvement/Developing
Beginning
Entry is
historically
accurate
Well-chosen, sophisticated, and
focused evidence that clearly
supports thesis.
All evidence is accurate, and all
evidence supports thesis.
Some inaccuracies in evidence.
Evidence does not necessarily
support thesis.
Significant historical
inaccuracies. Evidence does
not relate to thesis.
Shows analysis and
interpretation
Analyzes historical evidence
with sophistication, clarity,
and originality. Evidence is
consistently interpreted in
relation to the theme and is
clearly stated in the thesis.
Thoroughly and consistently
evaluates the successes,
failures, and consequences of
the chosen debate/diplomacy.
Analyzes historical evidence.
Interpretation of evidence is
stated in the thesis. Consistently
evaluates the successes,
failures, and consequences of
the chosen debate/diplomacy.
Weak analysis of evidence.
Analysis may not necessarily
relate to the theme. Thesis does
not reflect interpretation of
evidence. Inconsistently and
weakly evaluates the successes,
failures, and consequences of
the chosen debate/diplomacy.
No interpretation of
evidence. Analysis does not
relate to the theme. Does not
assess the successes, failures,
and consequences of the
debate/diplomacy.
Places Topic in
Historical Context
Accurately and appropriately
places the topic within the
social, political, economic,
and/or cultural atmosphere of
the time; clearly demonstrates
the relationship between
the topic and larger events.
Displays some connections to
the social, political, economic,
and/or cultural atmosphere of
the time; relationship between
the topic and larger events is
evident.
Product focuses on the
specifics of the topic itself and
may not relate to the overall
atmosphere; does not clearly
illustrate the relationship
between the topic and larger
events.
Product focuses exclusively
on the specific topic and does
not connect to larger events;
virtually no historical context
provided.
Shows wide
research
Evidence gleaned from current
and older sources; print and nonprint;
journals and well-chosen
internet sites
Evidence taken from a variety of
print and non-print sources.
Evidence used from a
narrow collection of sources.
Research has no variety in
types of sources.
Uses Available
primary sources
Primary sources are above and
beyond the expected for the
topic
Solid primary sources expected
for the topic
Primary sources are limited.No primary sources used.
Research is
balanced
Multi-faceted approach to
evidence; many conflicting
positions presented with care.
At least two sides of topic are
presented equally
Lopsided research; not enough
evidence from different
perspectives.
Research illustrates only
one perspective. Competing
perspectives are missing.
Relation to
Theme (20%)
Excellent/ ExemplaryGood/ ProficientNeeds Improvement/
Developing
Beginning
Clearly relates
topic to theme
Chooses an interesting topic that
is relevant to the theme.
Demonstrates a superior
understanding of how the topic
relates to the theme.
Chooses a topic that connects to
the theme.
Analyzes how the topic relates
to the theme.
Chooses a topic that connects
to the theme.
Fails to clearly connect the
topic and the theme.
The topic is not relevant to
the theme.
Demonstrates
significance of
topic in history and
draws conclusions
Demonstrates a sophisticated
and thorough understanding of
the significance of the topic in
history.
Clearly and convincingly
evaluates the topic as a success
or failure in history.
Draws original and compelling
conclusions about the
consequences of the topic in
history.
Analyzes how the atmosphere
of the time period influenced the
topic.
Demonstrates the significance of
the topic in history.
Evaluates the topic as a success
or failure in history.
Draws conclusions about the
consequences of the topic in
history.
Considers how the atmosphere
of the time period influenced the
topic.
Attempts to demonstrate the
significance of the topic in
history.
Evaluation of the topic as a
success or failure in history is
unclear.
Draws some conclusions about
the consequences of the topic
in history.
Provides little consideration of
how the atmosphere of the time
period influenced the topic.
Neglects to demonstrate the
significance of the topic in
history.
Does not evaluate the topic
as a success or failure in
history.
Fails to draw conclusions
about the consequences of
the topic in history.
Does not consider how
the atmosphere of the time
period influenced the topic.
Clarity of
Presentation (20%)

 

Excellent/ ExemplaryGood/ ProficientNeeds Improvement/
Developing
Beginning
Written material
is original, clear,
appropriate,
organized, and
articulate
Written material is captivating,
creative, original, appropriate
and clear. Includes no
spelling or grammar mistakes.
Written material is organized
a “visual essay” with
distinguishable sections that
support different elements of
the thesis and demonstrate a
well balanced project. Written
material shows an excellent
comprehension of the material.
Written material is original,
clear, appropriate, organized,
and articulate
Written material shows some
distinguishable sections that
support various elements of the
thesis and show some balance.
Includes few spelling
or grammar mistakes.
Written material attempts to
be original, clear, appropriate,
organized, and articulate.
Written material attempts to
show balance and support the
thesis
Includes spelling and grammar
mistakes
Written material
neglects to be original,
clear, appropriate,
organized, and articulate.
Written material does not
support the thesis
Includes many spelling
and grammar mistakes
Has visual impact,
uses multi-media
effectively and
actively involves
viewer
Project is striking, clear, and
obviously organized in a manner
that best supports the thesis. A
variety of visual or other media
are used to actively involve
the viewer in an engaging,
appropriate, and original
manner.
Project has visual impact, uses
multi-media effectively and
actively involves viewer
Project attempts to have visual
impact. It uses some multi
media and involves the viewer.
Project neglects to have
visual impact and uses
few visuals. Does not
actively involve the viewer.

 

Rules Complianceyesno
maintains word limit (1200 words)  
Maintains size limit ( 1-- MB)  
Multimedia clips maintain time li