Each year, our 7th grade students compete in National History Day, Monterey County and we are proud of our students' accomplishments. We have had countless county winners, nine California state winners, and even a National History Day winner. But more importantly, we believe that History Day teaches our students research, time management, and study skills that prove invaluable in their road to success.
History Day is an exciting enrichment program that furthers students understanding of historical issues, ideas, people, and events. It is an academic adventure that provides teachers with an innovative teaching tool that fosters students' enthusiasm for learning. Students complete extensive research, critically analyze and develop historical conclusions, and present their interpretations in a critical yet creative forum. This yearlong academic adventure fosters students' enthusiasm for learning and their love for history.
History Day sparks critical thinking, and helps develop skills in research and analysis, writing, and public speaking. Students create original documentaries, exhibits, performances, research papers, or websites exploring a breadth of historical topics within an annual theme. After selecting a historical topic that relates to the annual theme, students conduct extensive research using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews. All students gain interesting and even surprising insights that they could not have found in history books alone.
We invite you to peruse our students' projects. We believe you will be amazed at the depth of research and quality of their projects.