Winter break is often the time that NHD students begin thinking about producing their entries such as exhibits, documentaries, etc. So we thought it was a good time to correct a few assumptions out there:
1. An exhibit must have a timeline. Incorrect. It can have a timeline if it works well for the topic and design, but there is no rule that says there must be a timeline. If it works, great, but putting up a timeline for the sake of having a timeline is not a good idea. And don’t forget: student composed words on a timeline count toward the 500-word limit.
2. To win, a performance must have a song. Wrong. Once again, if it works, great, but singing performers will not guarrantee a win (in fact, nothing with guarrantee a win).
3. Bibliographies must indicate that students interviewed someone about their topic. Nope. This is not a requirement, but if it is possible to conduct an oral history interview with an individual who was a witness (primary source) to history students should try to get an interview. But remember: an interview with an expert–say a Civil War historian–cannot be considered an oral history interview; such an individual would be a secondary source.
Any other myths or confusion out there?