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Butte County National History Day -

Why Teach History Day?

The majority of teachers who engage their students in the program are history teachers. However, there are many English, science, drama, and art teachers who have involved their students. Everything has a history, so History Day is applicable to almost any subject area. History Day is a project-based academic endeavor that fully supports the California History-Social Science Framework and the Common Core Literacy Standards in History/Social Science. History Day provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate their abilities to apply learned information through authentic research in student-outcome products and can easily be integrated into the everyday classroom curriculum.

The History Day program:

  • gives a model teaching tool for the classroom, based on active learning
  • is easily content-adaptable for any subject, grade level requirement.
  • caters to specific needs and interests of students of all different levels and abilities
  • supports high academic standards by including varied methods of participation and interdisciplinary approaches
  • inherently produces a progressive stream of evaluation of student product for ongoing assessment
  • helps teachers meet the requirements of state history standards
  • helps teachers integrate the study of history with other disciplines, including writing, the arts, and other social sciences
  • encourages students to interact with academic historians, librarians, archivists, and public historians.

By participating in History Day, students are embarking on an exciting experience that will teach them new skills, strengthen ones they already have, and utilize their many talents. History Day is an exciting way to understand history and explore the past. The competition invites students to research topics related to the annual theme.

These broad theme allows students to select and research an endless number of topics, from local to world history, and from ancient time to the recent past. They can also explore historical angles on topics in disciplines and subjects other than history such as biology, engineering, biomedical ethics, the environment, the arts, literature, politics, etc.