What is History Day?
History Day is a national competition in which students select a historical topic related to an annual theme. History Day team members must conduct extensive research, write detailed annotated bibliographies, compose a 500-word process paper, build a 6-foot tall display exhibit, script and perform a 10-minute play, or create a 10-minute documentary, and finally interview with judges.
After months of researching, writing, building, and practicing, students compete against other schools throughout LA County at Azusa Pacific University. If successful, winners will move on to the State Competition at William Jessup University in Rocklin, CA. Winners at the State Competition will move on and represent California at the Nationals in Washington DC.
History Day participation is open to both 7th and 8th grade students at our school. We meet daily to work toward completion of student projects prior to the LA County competition. We are the only school in ABC Unified School District to offer History Day as an elective class. The students involved in this program are transformed by their participation. The skills learned, rigorous requirements, and heightened expectations help create students that become leaders in school.
Class size is strategically kept low to ensure that students get plenty of teacher support. Traditionally, our history day group and their efforts create a ripple effect that promotes a classroom environment in which you will find improved work quality and productive collaboration. Additionally, benefits of our past participation and success in this program have impacted our entire school community.
History Day curriculum parallels Common Core objectives. To complete a History Day project, students must become proficient in the following skills: Determining historical accuracy by scrutinizing sources for validity and credibility: Understanding historical context and illustrating how events influence and were influenced by social, cultural, political, and economic events of the time; Analyzing a variety of sources to compare, critique, defend, and identify biases.
Preparing and participating in the National History Day competition will help students develop college and career readiness skills: researching, writing, speaking, collaborating...and a love of history that will last a lifetime!