What is History Day?
History Day is a year-long education program that engages students in grades 6-12 in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics. The competition is divided into grades 6-8: Junior Division and grades 9-12: Senior Division. Students who participate in History Day will develop and master the required necessary skills that are components of ongoing content standards. Working individually or cooperatively, students learn how to define a historical question, locate source material, take notes, analyze information and present it in an effective manner. Students also learn about basic scholarly devices such as thesis statements, footnotes, annotated bibliographies, avoiding plagiarism, and primary and secondary sources. History Day participants develop skills in research, writing, critical thinking, and communication while perfecting their chosen topic based on an annual theme in one of the five presentation models – Paper, Performance, Exhibit, Documentary, and Website. These projects are evaluated at regional, state, and national competitions.