2004-2005 Judging Criteria
Planning & Research
- The project topic focuses on an individual who has
made a significant contribution to issues of tolerance,
democratic institutions, and/or human rights. The selection
was thoughtful and allowed the team to make a strong
- There is evidence of solid research from a variety
of sources: print materials, the Internet, photography,
video, interviews and other primary sources where applicable,
etc. Sources are cited so that there is a clear indication
of where outside ideas and materials came from.
- Students have shown initiative and creativity in
pursuing their research.
- Careful planning is evident in the structure of the
project. There is a clear logic and organization to
the information that is being offered. The team made
effective use of the non-linear possibilities in website
design: they just didn't create the equivalent of a
traditional, linear paper with images; instead they
offer the visitor multiple pathways and links to other
and Writing (20%)
- The project is rich in information and has solid
content and depth. It makes a case. It is not simply
a potpourri of shallow parts, a rehash of mixed sources.
In documenting the impact that their subject had, the
team has clearly defined the problem that he or she
confronted. Rather than just being a narrative, the
project analyzes, evaluates, and interprets.
quantity, as well as the quality of original writing
is appropriate for the complexity and depth that
the project is seeking to achieve. The writing is
of high quality; clear, and concise. It may vary
in formality to suit different parts of the project,
but it maintains a high standard without patterns of
error. The project has been clearly proofread.
- Design elements and non-print information (pictures,
video and audio clips) engage the visitor, enhance
interest in the project, inform, and relate to the
key themes and issues. They are not disconnected pieces
or distractions but rather powerful additions. Color,
fonts, images, video and audio clips, and overall page
design and layout are effective and engaging.
- The project has good navigational tools; it is easy
to move in different ways through its parts without
getting lost or encountering dead ends. From its deepest
parts, it is easy to get back to the main menu and
presentation is a team effort, demonstrating that all
team members played a role in the conception, creation,
and execution of the site. The presentation
gives a good overall sense of the project's structure
and intent, the team's process in creating it, and an
assessment of the experience. The presentation
stays within the time allotted to each team.
Impression of the Project's Quality, Creativity,
and Sophistication (20%)