On April 9, 2016 Middle School students from Carter G. Woodson represented their expertise and hard work at the Chicago Metro History Fair. Setting a benchmark of high achievement at our school wide History Fair, our very best students and their projects were celebrated at Lane Tech High School on the North Side along with the rest of the city's best students.
The journey of History Fair begins in the middle of the Second Trimester and ends in the middle of February. During this time students were learning about what it takes to be a city historian by analyzing Chicago's rich selection of historical topics ranging from the city's inception to the near past.
Some of the skills that students had to master were: inquiry, thesis writing, research from primary and secondary sources (using the internet, visiting historical societies and archives), research paper writing, displaying sources in a logical and sequential fashion, verbal presentation skills, among other things. All of the above and more are crucial skills that make our students ready for their next educational steps in alignment with the Common Core and our UCCS Mission Statement.
This year's theme was Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange in Chicago History.
On the theme, students were charged with incorporating their research with the theme; which is a great challenge in and of itself!
This year we were very proud to send 15 students to the city-wide event. Which is the most we have ever had!
At city, our finest student historians had the opportunity to display their hard work by the medium of exhibit boards, video documentaries and even dramatic skits. They did this for judges that were recruited from schools, publishers, and various historical fields alike. This is a celebration, but the celebration is also competitive as the best projects from the citywide competition get the chance to move on to the state competition to take place in Springfield in May.
The CGW Department of History is so very proud to be part of this fine tradition at CGW! Every year that passes, we find that students continue to excel. We look forward to continuing to succeed.
Update: Three of our students advanced to the IL state history fair.