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Finals Judging
February 21, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
TCOE Administration Building & Conference Center

6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia

Project Critique
March 7, 2017

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
TCOE, Sequoia Room

7000 Doe Avenue, Visalia


National History Day - Tulare County A History Day program participant peers into the screen of his or her computer, surfing the net for one last resource, polishes up one detail on her documentary, adds one more source to his annotated bibliography before going to bed. They can't stop talking about their topic. They interview sources from around the country, even the world. They have become experts themselves. Parents can't believe their child's involvement and interest. In what, HISTORY? What causes this extreme behavior?

What is History Day?
History Day is a theme-based research program that breathes life into California Content standards and reading/language arts themes. The broad theme for 2016 is Taking a Stand in History. The program is designed to be used in the classroom at two levels: process and competitive. All children can develop their potential and develop essential reading, writing and research skills through participation in National History Day - Tulare County.

How Does This Fit Into My Core Curriculum?
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 standards that work well with the 2015 theme, Taking a Stand in History, is provided at the state level. Districts can contact the Tulare County Office of Education for coaching help in the classroom to help the teacher get started. Websites at the county, state and national level have many online resources for teachers, students and parents.

What are the Levels of Participation?
  • Process Level
    Any class, school, or district can participate in the non-competitive, process level of participation. This level allows all students to improve their research skills. In a timeline of approximately 1-3 weeks, teachers can guide students through the research process. Projects augment the core curricular materials, and compliment the learning themes in English/Language Arts and History/Social Science. The culmination of the classroom projects at the school or district might become part of your district's multiple measure assessment program. Qualified presenters from Tulare County Office of Education offer classes to prepare teachers to use this program in the classroom. Teachers who complete these classes will receive certificates for all their students that present projects in their school or classroom.
  • Competitve Level
    Some classes, schools and districts have students that are ready to move to the next step, and enter the competitive level of participation. The timeline for these projects is much longer. Students write their thesis statement, build their annotated bibliographies by visiting libraries and interviewing primary sources. Then students document their learning process in a process paper. From their research, they create their exhibit or website to specifications, prepare a 10-minute presentation or documentary, or write a 2,500 word paper. Fourth- and fifth-graders prepare posters, being careful to keep within the guidelines in the California History Day regulations. These projects must include an annotated bibliography with both primary and secondary resources, and a process paper. Their posters, papers, exhibits, websites, documentaries or performances will stand on their own merit to be judged by experts in history. A panel of judges will interview them to validate their hard work, and recommend the finest projects to move on to California History Day Competition. Finalists from California move to the National History Day event held each year at the University of Maryland.

National History Day - Tulare County Competition

On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, Tulare County students in grades 4-12 will represent their districts by entering their projects in the National History Day - Tulare County competition.

National History Day - Tulare County Competition categories include:
  • Junior division: grades 6-8
    • Group Performance
    • Individual Performance
    • Group Exhibit
    • Individual Exhibit
    • Group Documentary
    • Individual Documentary
    • Group Historical Website Design
    • Individual Historical Website Design
    • Historical Paper
  • Senior division: grades 9-12
    • Group Performance
    • Individual Performance
    • Group Exhibit
    • Individual Exhibit
    • Group Documentary
    • Individual Documentary
    • Group Historical Website Design
    • Individual Historical Website Design
    • Historical Paper
  • Grades 4/5 only
    • Group 2D Display
    • Individual 2D Display
Students who are selected to advance to the California State History Day competition will attend the Project Critique portion of the competition on March 7, 2017 in order to participate in a one-on-one critique session with a panel of judges. At this event, competitors will receive rigorous and relevant feedback before moving on to the National History Day - California State Finals.

How do I get started?


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