All entries should follow the National History Day standards outlined in the Contest Rule Book (http://www.nhd.org/wp-content/uploads/Contest-Rule-Book.pdf). In addition to the NHD rules, there are certain additional format requirements due to the virtual contest. Please follow these rules to ensure your entry is properly judged.
Entry Requirements for the State Contest
Performances must be recorded. The quality of the recording will not be judged, but it should have clear audio and video for the judges to evaluate the performance. Performances must be submitted in a file format that can be read by Apple QuickTime or Windows Media Player. Summit electronic (word or pdf) copies of the process paper and bibliography with the entry.
A performance is a live dramatic presentation about your topic. The key to a performance is that the entry should have dramatic appeal but not at the expense of historical information. It should be a scripted dramatic presentation based on research into your theme related topic. The script should be structured on a thesis statement, supporting statements, and a conclusion.
Like the documentary, students are allowed ten minutes for their performance. Remember that a performance is not a documentary. While you are required to submit a recording of your performance to the state contest for judging this does not mean that you can use video editing software to insert special effects or additional information. If your performance advances to the National History Day contest you will be required to perform live before a panel of judges. Special effects and inserted information cannot be viewed in this setting.
Sample Performance Schedule
Research your topic thoroughly. In all categories 60% of the score is historical quality - even the best performance can receive a bad score if it is not historically accurate. Develop your script carefully with the purpose of entertaining and informing your audience. Practice, practice, practice! Memorize your script and become your character. Develop props that can be easily transported and quickly sat up and taken down. You will have five minutes for set up and five minutes for take down. Use all ten minutes allowed for the performance. Simple costumes are best.
* This guidance was borrowed from the National History Day website. Additional guidance may be found in the Making History: How to Create a Historical Performance guide book available from the NHD Shop.