Transform Your Classroom with History Day L.A.
Want your students to love history? Then History Day L.A. is the program for you!
History Day motivates students to discover history by:
- Cultivating interest: students research a topic of their choice
- Developing research skills: students act as historians discovering how to uncover primary sources, build historical context and form historical interpretations
- Becoming experts on their research topic: presenting their research to teachers, students, and historians
- Achieving success
- The shy student gains confidence when speaking about a topic he/she has researched
- The apathetic student gains passion by choosing a topic of personal interest
- The high achieving student increases his/her ability to articulate their learning through presentation
All students are winners at History Day L.A.!
Please read and become familiar with the following rules and regulations:
Rules and Regulations
Be sure students follow all rules and regulations as outlined in the Contest Rule Book. In addition:
- Note dimension regulations on posters and exhibits.
- Be certain that entries in the exhibit category are sturdy and will not fall down.
- Check time limitations on performance and documentary presentations and media incorporated in exhibits.
- Check word limitation in all categories.
- A title page is required as the first page of written material in every category. The title page should ONLY include: the title of the entry, the contest division (Elementary, Grades 4-5, Junior, Grades 6-8 or Senior, Grades 9-12), category, and students' name(s). Anything missing or added is an infraction and will be treated as such.
- Be sure the concluding paragraph of the process paper in all categories (except paper) describes the relationship between the student's topic and the theme.
- Make sure four copies of the process paper are available for judges in all categories, except paper.
Number of Entries Permitted for History Day L.A.
Please observe the following entry limitations:
- Elementary Division (Grades 4-5) — Each school may submit 2 poster entries per number of fourth and/or fifth grade classrooms per category
- Junior Division (Grades 6-8) — Each school may submit 5 entries per category
- Senior Division (Grades 9-12) — Each teacher may submit 5 entries per category
Conducting a History Day event in classrooms and schools is a good way to select entries for participation in History Day L.A. If your school is planning such an event, please let us know the date and time.
Register for History Day - L.A.
A Teacher Entry Form, Student Entry Form(s), and registration fees must be submitted by the deadline dates listed below.
- Teacher Entry Form: Include the total number of students entered in each category. Each student in a group poster, exhibit, performance, documentary, or web site is to be counted separately.
- Student Entry Form: The Student Entry Form may be duplicated. Please submit one Student Entry Form for each category and ask students to write legibly in black ink. Entry forms for group poster, exhibit, performance, documentary, and web site should include the names of all the members of the group. Only 1 form needs to be submitted for the group. A group leader should be selected. His or her name should go on line #1 where it says "Student's Name." This student will be responsible for signing the form and obtaining his or her parent's signature.
- Registration Fee: All entries must include a school check or money order payable to Los Angeles County Office of Education to cover registration fee of $40.00 per student for every student registering. Personal checks will not be accepted. The registration fee covers students' full participation in all History Day L.A. activities on the day of the event and lunch for each participating student. There is no registration fee for teachers, parents or guests to attend.
February 3, 2012:
- Entry Forms (Teacher Entry Form and Student Entry Forms) and Registration Fees must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 3, 2012.
- All Historical Entry Papers (an original and three copies) must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 3, 2012. Be sure to keep a copy for your records.
- All Website entries must be completed by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 3, 2012 and available for judging between February 3rd and March 10th, 2012. Be sure the website address, student name(s), and phone number(s) are clearly legible on the Student Entry Form(s). Four copies of the Process Paper (including the bibliography), four hard copies of the website, and four CD copies that include the website and process paper must also be submitted by February 3rd.
Please submit the items listed above to the location below.
Mail or Jet Mail to:
Michelle Herczog, Ed.D.
Consultant III, History-Social Science
Los Angeles County Office of Education
Div. of Curriculum and Instructional Svcs.
9300 Imperial Hwy., ECW-236
Downey, CA 90242-2890
In Person at:
Michelle Herczog, Ed.D.
Los Angeles County Office of Education
12830 Columbia Way, Room 236
Downey, CA 90242
March 10, 2012:
All entries for all other categories (poster, exhibit, performance and documentary) are brought to History Day L.A. at Azusa Pacific University on March 10, 2012 for judging beginning at 9:00 a.m.
The Awards Ceremony will take place at the same location at Azusa Pacific University in the Felix Event Center beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2012. Every participating student will receive a Certificate of Achievement. First place team members and alternates will be announced and awarded for every category during the Awards Ceremony. Information regarding state and national competition will be given at that time or at the following websites:
- National History Day California: http://www.historydaycalifornia.org/
- National History Day: http://www.nhd.org/
Transportation, Driving Directions and Parking
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Azusa Pacific University. All History Day L.A. participants are asked to park in Lot H at Azusa Pacific University. Parking is free and requires no permit or parking pass.
Check this web site for more information, updates and resources to make your experience at History Day - L.A. an exciting one! Please keep in mind, the following information:
- Clothing: Students may not wear any apparel that indicates the name of the school and/or district they attend while on the Azusa Pacific University campus.
- On-site Registration: Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2012 on the steps outside the APU Event Center. Only the Group Leader of each category should register and sign-in for each group. Students in the Poster and Exhibit categories need to register at 8:00 a.m. to allow enough time for their poster(s) and exhibit(s) to be completely set up and in place by 8:45 a.m. Student participants are the ONLY ones allowed in the Exhibit Hall to set up their project – no teachers, parents, or other persons may be allowed to assist.
- Program for the Day: Look at the Program when you arrive and note the Awards Ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Event Center.
- Sample Judges' Score Sheets can be found in the Judges section of this web site.
- Equipment: The following equipment will be the only equipment provided.
- Exhibits: Table space, electrical outlet. (We suggest you bring an extension cord.)
- Documentary Presentation: Standard VHS Recorder and Monitor.
- If you need any other equipment, you must bring it. Student participants must be able to operate any equipment they bring without outside assistance.
- Lunch: Lunch will be provided for student contestants only. Lunch tickets will be given out at the time of registration. Food may also be purchased at the Food Court in Heritage Court immediately north of the Event Center.
- "History Day L.A." T-shirts ($15 each) will be on sale near the registration desk.
Portions of Content from www.nhd.org - National History Day Web Site