National History Day (NHD) is a theme-based research program that breathes life into California Content standards and reading/language arts themes. This year's theme is Turning Points in History. The intentional selection of the theme for NHD is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates, and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.
The NHD theme provides a focused way to increase students' historical understanding by developing a lens to read history, an organizational structure that helps students place information in the correct context, and finally, the ability to see connections over time.
History Day can be a part of your core curriculum, both English/Language Arts and History/Social Science. Tulare County Office of Education can assist with resources and technical expertise. A list of which Common Core standards related to the 2024 theme, Turning Points in History, will be provided as a downloadable by NHD.
Districts can contact the Tulare County Office of Education for coaching help in the classroom to help teachers get started for next year. The NHD-CA website has many online resources for teachers, students and parents.
There are two levels of participation:
Starting in 2024, historical papers will not compete at county contests. Instead, papers will be directly submitted to the state contest by the teacher. Each school will be allowed to submit up to THREE (3) papers.
For all other categories, students who are selected to advance to the California State History Day competition will attend the Project Feedback portion of the competition in order to participate in a one-on-one critique session with a panel of judges. At this event, competitors receive rigorous and relevant feedback before moving on to the National History Day - California State Finals.