• Alameda County History Day

    History Day Competition

    This year's Alameda County Online History Day is set for March 13, 2021.  This year's theme is Communication in History: The Key to Understanding 

    WHAT’S NEW???

    March 13 - History Day Salon Style and Awards Ceremony
    - 10:30am - 3:00 pm - Salons
    - 3:30pm - 5:00 pm - Awards Ceremony
    All are invited. 
    See schedule, information, Zoom link and award winners here: http://acoehistoryday.pbworks.com/   

    2021 History Day Info

    •  HD Check in webinars with Coordinator Rob Darrow. Any teacher, student or parent may check in to discuss your topic, learn about research, strategies or ideas for completing your HD project. Wednesdays at 4pm:  Oct. 28, Nov. 18, Dec. 9, Jan. 13, Feb. 10 and March 3.  
    • Webinar Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85130013031 Phone: 669 900 6833, Meeting ID: 851 3001 3031
    • - Teacher and Parent Meeting: See the: Recording,  Agendaslides 
    • - Updated submission guidelines for online history day - exhibits, posters, documentaries, performances, websites and pap.
    • - Teachers or Parents: register your intent to participate. Register Here
    • - History Day 2021 Theme Info: Communication in History
    • - History Day 2021 Hyperdoc for Teachers 
    • - All History Day 2021 contests will take place online 

    Students, Teachers, and Parents:

    See the step by step guide for completing a history day project.

    County, State and National History Day Champions


    See the Key Dates for History Day 2021  

    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 


    See the Key Dates for History Day 2021  

    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 sheet and Google the theme words "Communication in History: The Key to Understanding" to find an interesting topic. 

    Second, choose a topic that fits this year’s history day theme (Breaking Barriers 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:

    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)


  • Contact/Event Information

    Alameda County History Day
    Saturday, March 13, 2021
    Theme: Communication in History: The Key to Understanding 

    Ben Sanders Ben Sanders, Ed.D. 
    Program Manager
    (510) 670-7751
    Rob Rob Darrow
    History Day Coordinator