Practice for your NHD experience

Below are some common scenarios of NHD judging. Select the best response given the situation-- and don't laugh at the answer choices, they are real comments we have seen!

The theme is: Triumph and Tragedy in History

Student A's project is about Child Labor. Here is the student's thesis:
"The brave industrial workers triumphed and made child labor illegal after seeing the tragic working conditions."

Which is the best comment to give Student A?

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* 1. The theme is: Triumph and Tragedy in History

Student A's project is about Child Labor. Here is the student's thesis:
"The brave industrial workers triumphed and made child labor illegal after seeing the tragic working conditions."

Which is the best comment to give Student A?

As you go through Student B's project, you notice the below statements:

"The rally caused many changes in society. That is why it is remembered so well."

"There was not a good response from the Mayor."

"Disagreements about what should happen next caused a lot of frenzy."

Which comment would be most valuable for Student B?

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* 2. As you go through Student B's project, you notice the below statements:

"The rally caused many changes in society. That is why it is remembered so well."

"There was not a good response from the Mayor."

"Disagreements about what should happen next caused a lot of frenzy."

Which comment would be most valuable for Student B?

You are interviewing Student C about their project and realize they are sharing more about their topic than what is in their project. For example, Student C's thesis is: 
"The transcontinental railroad transformed the United States for the better."

When you ask Student C about why their topic matters in history, their response is:
"The railroad was the most important thing that could ever increase America's economy. By trading and transporting good across the county, America was able to boost production and distribution. I learned a lot about this in William Cronon's book."

Which comment would be most helpful for Student C?

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* 3. You are interviewing Student C about their project and realize they are sharing more about their topic than what is in their project. For example, Student C's thesis is: 
"The transcontinental railroad transformed the United States for the better."

When you ask Student C about why their topic matters in history, their response is:
"The railroad was the most important thing that could ever increase America's economy. By trading and transporting good across the county, America was able to boost production and distribution. I learned a lot about this in William Cronon's book."

Which comment would be most helpful for Student C?

What are the essentials of a strong thesis statement? (select all that apply)

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* 4. What are the essentials of a strong thesis statement? (select all that apply)

Student D struggled with the first two broad questions you asked about their topic and favorite sources. Should you:

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* 5. Student D struggled with the first two broad questions you asked about their topic and favorite sources. Should you:

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