You may present your research using one of the seven category types shown below. Learn about each one and check out the rules and resources we have to get you started. As you look through these, think about your topic and interests to determine which one you think will work best to present your research.
California History Day students compete in one of three divisions:
- Elementary (4th–5th grade)
- Junior (6th–8th grade)
- Senior (9th–12th grade)
Note: The links for rules below are only the category rules. For the complete rule book click here.
Group or Individual
Students can choose one of the following ways to build their project:
- Individual Project
- Group Project (2–5 students)
The performance category can be one of the most exciting ways to participate in History Day, since it is the only category in which students present their research live. Entries in this category must have dramatic appeal, but not at the expense of historical information. You will write a script based on the research you conduct and create characters, scenes, and dialogue to prove your argument. Creativity is the key here, and students must make effective use of their 10-minute time allowance. Most students design a simple set, wear costumes, and may have props to help people connect to the story. Performances can be done by an individual or a group.