National History Day is a national history contest. Students research a topic in history and relate it to the annual theme. It’s rewarding for students becasue they have a wide range of topics available and many different methods for publishing research.Students can work individually or in groups; it’s up to them.
This year’s theme is: Leadership and Legacy
Students can create and produce:
After completing their project, students will have still another choice: whether to compete. Winners at Bay Farm move on to Alameda County competition; winners at County move on to History Day in California. But, ultimately, the project is about learning: learning to research (multiple sources are required); learning to apply unique talents to a project; learning to evaluate information; learning to connect historical ideas to a theme. Whether it’s a dramatic interpretation of Lincoln or a research paper about women’s suffrage, students are developing the same skills in research, analysis, and communication.
This year's topics: