I've read the body section, at least, of every CBA. I've written corrections, comments, and suggestions on every paper--sometimes on every line! Now they can use that input to improve their CBA before they they do their final presentation. Here's the stunning news--I haven't given any grades yet. The students will not get ANY grade until they complete their presentation. (Of course, I know what I've told them to do, and I expect them to fix their papers!)
Aside from the List of Works Consulted which we will correct in class, I won't be doing anymore fine-tooth-comb reading of the student work before they present their CBA.
At this point you might want to do a checkpoint of your own. Print a copy of the rubric and have your child predict with you what kinds of scores they think they will be earning.
I've given directions for how to prepare the presentations. Students may create either an exhibit or a website. If they choose to do a website they must use weebly. (It's a free web-building site. All National History Day sites are built on weebly.) I showed a Power Point in class of exemplary examples of NHD exhibits. On the right hand side of this page you will find exemplary examples of NHD websites. Just to inspire ideas.
We have no more time in the lab at school. The rest of the project is HOMEWORK.