The National Council for the Social Studies defines social studies as "the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence.” The National Council also states that the primary purpose of social studies education is to help our children and young adults "develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.”
Social studies promotes engaging participatory citizenship where global awareness of civic issues such as financial literacy, healthcare, domestic affairs, foreign policy and the environment are actively monitored and influenced by all citizens interacting internationally for the benefit of all mankind.
West Virginia State Social Studies Fair and History Day 2014
National History Day comes to the high school portion of the State Social Studies Fair. I know there has been some confusion as to the rules and regulations for the National History Day High School portion of the State Social Studies Fair. I hope the three rules below will be able to clarify any questions anyone may have. If at anytime you have further questions please email or phone me directly.
An exhibit is a visual representation of your
research and interpretation of your topic’s
significance in history, much like a small
museum exhibit. The analysis and interpretation
of your topic must be clear and evident to the
viewer. Labels and captions should be used
creatively with visual images and objects to
enhance the message of your exhibit.
Part II, Rules for all Categories, applies
Rule 1: Size Requirements
The overall size of your exhibit when displayed
for judging must be no larger than 40 inches
wide, 30 inches deep, and 6 feet high.
Measurement of the exhibit does not include
the table on which it rests; however, it would
include any stand that you create and any
table drapes. Circular or rotating exhibits or
those meant to be viewed from all sides must
be no more than 30 inches in diameter.
Rule 2: Media Devices
Media devices (e.g., tape recorders, projectors,
video monitors, computers) used in an exhibit
must not run for more than a total of 3 minutes
and are subject to the 500-word limit (Rule 3).
Viewers and judges must be able to control
media devices. Any media devices used must
fit within the size limits of the exhibit. Any
media devices used should be integral to
the exhibit—not just a device to bypass the
prohibition against live student involvement.
NOTE: For example, a brief excerpt from a taped
student-conducted oral interview or a dramatic reading
might be appropriate, but taped commentary or
analysis is inappropriate.
Rule 3: Word Limit
There is a 500-word limit that applies to all
text created by the student that appears on
or as part of an exhibit entry. This includes
the text you write for titles, subtitles, captions,
graphs, timelines, media devices (e.g., video,
slides, computer files) or supplemental
materials (e.g., photo albums, scrapbooks, etc.)
where you use your own words.
NOTE: A date counts as one word, while each word in
a name is individually counted. For example, January
1, 2006 counts as one word, but John Quincy Adams
counts as three.
Words such as “a,” “the” and “of” are
counted as one word each.
Brief citations crediting the sources of
illustrations or quotations included on the
exhibit do not count toward the 500-word limit.
NOTE: Be careful that your message is clear and
contained on the exhibit itself; judges have little
time to review supplemental material. Extensive
supplemental material is inappropriate. For example,
oral history transcripts, correspondence between you
and experts, questionnaires, and other primary or
secondary materials used as sources for your exhibit
should be cited in your bibliography but not included
as attachments to your bibliography or exhibit