National History Day
Turning Points In History
Each year, National History Day gives elementary, middle school, and high school students an opportunity to research a historical topic of their choice that relates to a specific theme. They then create a project in one of seven categories that convey their historical research and findings. The Saint Mary's College History Department hosts the Contra Costa County contest for this event every March.
If you have any questions, contact Elena Songster at firstname.lastname@example.org
Information about this year's theme can be found at www.nhdca.org/theme.
Contra Costa County (CCC) Competition Important Dates
This year's CCC History Day County competition will take place on Saturday, March 2, 2024.
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, January 31
Cost: $50 per student
Documentaries, Websites, Podcasts: Due Friday, February 9
Exhibits, Posters, Performances: Due Saturday, March 2
Historical Papers: **NEW** Beginning with contests in 2024, registration and submission of all historical papers will follow a different format from other categories. Historical papers will not compete at county contests. Instead, papers will be directly submitted to the state contest by the teacher. Learn more here.
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Sat, Mar 2nd
2024 CCC History Day Competition
Wed, Jan 31st
Fri, Feb 9th
Documentaries, Websites, Podcasts are Due
Sat, Mar 2nd
Exhibits, Posters, Performances are Due
- Poster (For 4th and 5th grade only)
- Documentary Film
- Historical Paper *Starting in 2024--Historic Papers go directly to State Learn more here.
- Dramatic Performance
- Podcast *For CA only (4th-12th grade)
Historical Quality can be described as:
- Having a solid Historical Argument (thesis)
- Represents multiple perspectives
- Shows a wide amount of research
- Contains accuracy to the historical topic being presented
- Has historical significance
- Shows historical context
- Has obtained primary sources
- Conveys the student's voice
Clarity of Presentation can be described as:
- Technically sound
- Audio and Visual
- Written Content
The following is a list of links and information that might be helpful with your projects!
This list will be updated as frequently as we find or receive information. If you have any videos or links that you think would be helpful to add, please contact Isabella Ruiz (email@example.com). Community interaction is very important and we look forward to hearing from you!Student Resources
Posted on NHD.org (click "Quick Digital Research Tips")
- Mining Wikipedia
- How to Use Google Books
- Smart Searching
- Smart Searching the Library of Congress
- Library of Congress Online Resources
Posted on NHD.org
NHD.org/teacher-resources (click "Help, I'm a New NHD Teacher")