Alameda County History Day
This year's Alameda County Online History Day is set for March 13, 2021This year's theme is Communication in History: The Key to UnderstandingStudents, start your research now--more information to come!
Students, Teachers, and Parents:
See step by step guide for completing history day project.
- March 13, 2021 – Alameda County History Day Contest
- May, 2021 - NHD-CA-Online State History Day, William Jessup University, Rocklin, CA
- June, 2021 - Online National History Day, University of Maryland, College Park
More Detailed Information about participating in Alameda County History Day
Why participate? There is not a better hands-on project based experience for students than creating a history day project. Watch this 3-minute video.
Then, download one of these teacher’s guides with ready-made lessons for you to use:
Classroom Teacher’s Guide to History Day Grades 6-12
- 10 lessons to use in your history or English classroom including research skills aligned to Common Core and the new California History Social Science Framework
Classroom Teacher’s Guide to History Day Grades 4-5
- 10 lessons to use in your classroom including research skills aligned to Common Core and the new California History Social Science Framework
More Detailed Information about participating in Alameda County History Day.
Every student in grades 4-12 can do history day! Here’s how:
First, read the National History Day theme 2-pager and Google the theme words "Triumph and Tragedy in History."
Second, choose a topic that fits this year’s history day theme (Triumph and Tragedy in History). A topic can be almost any person or event in history as long as it fits the theme. Often, a family related topic makes the research even more interesting. Here are some websites to help you think about possible topics:
- National History Day
- The Smithsonian
- National Archives "Docs Teach"
- Digital Public Library of America
Third, do your research and start taking notes about what you are learning. Check out these resources for you.
Fourth, consult with your teachers, parents, and/or other adults about how to best present your topic (see the various ways you can present your topic below).
Fifth, sign up for ACOE History Day with your teacher! Individual registration will be available in February.
Sixth, put your project together with your process paper and annotated bibliography.
Seventh, read about how your project will be judged and interview questions that may be asked.
History is more than just dates and facts. It's about thinking critically: examining differing points of view, researching primary resources, developing questions, and analyzing information. It's about interpreting past events and lives to relate them to the present and appreciate how the world came to be as it is, and even more, to envision a better future.
The research-based "History Day" program is a program advancing the "six proven civic learning practices" as highlighted by the California Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools. It enables students to examine any topic connected to the year's theme established by National History Day.
All 4th-12th graders in Alameda County are eligible to enter. Students work individually or in groups to perform extensive primary and secondary source-based research, and demonstrate their findings and analysis by producing a project.
National History Day is an exciting way for students to learn historical content and develop research, thinking and communication skills, and is open to students in grades 4-12. There are three divisions: 4th/5th; Juniors (Grades 6-8), and Seniors (Grades 9-12)
Your research can be presented in any of the following ways:
- Poster (Group or Individual): Grades 4 and 5 only
- Documentary (individual or group)
- Exhibit (individual or group)
- Performance (individual or group)
- Website (individual or group)
- Paper (individual only)