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What is National History Day?
   A look at exactly what National History Day entails.
NHD Rule Book 2010-2011 Revision
   The current edition of the NHD Rule Book covers all project rules and regulations for the NHD Contest.
Annual Theme Resources
   This page contains the 2014 Theme Sheet, 2014 Theme Book, and 2014 Sample Topics Sheet.
Why NHD Works
   A National Program Evaluation on how and why the NHD Program works.
Common Core Standards
   This is a report of how and where NHD aligns with the Common Core Standards.
Student Project Examples
   This page contains student project examples from previous contest years to help aid in the development of an NHD project.
U.S. History in Global Perspective
   The inspiration for this book came from a recent survey of National History Day's (NHD) network of thousands of teachers in the US as well as those in Department of Defense and International Schools across the globe. We asked educators what materials might help them most in their teaching. Overwhelmingly, the response was a desire for instructional essays and sources related to international, foreign relations and world history.
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Overview/Introduction Student Intro Sheet
Parent Intro Sheet
Exploring the NHD Web Site 
Getting Started 
Why NHD?
Topic Proposal 2
 
Student Intro Sheet
Exploring the NHD Web Site
Overview Schedule 
Getting Started 
Why NHD?
Topic Proposal 2
 
 
Topic Selection Topic Proposal
Category Worksheet
Topic Selection Rubric
Theme Ideas
Topic Ideas Webquest
Topic Proposal
Categories Explained
Theme Ideas
Topic Ideas Webquest
Mike Novrocki - Topic Selection 
Research Research Checklist
Research Tips
Notecard 
Research Toolkit 
Research Checklist 
Research Toolkit 
Note Taking Sheet 
 
 Josh Bill - Research Methods
Annotated Bibliography Bibliography Matrix
What is an Annotated Bibliography?
Annotated Bibliography Phases
What is an Annotated Bibliography?
Annotated Bibliography Phases
Annotated Bibliography Explained
 Kevin Wagner - Annotations
Thesis Development Thesis Rubric 
Thesis Worksheet
 Thesis Worksheet  Terry Healey - Thesis
Research Analysis Research Analysis 
Thinking Like a Historian *
Research Analysis
Connecting to a Theme
Thinking Like a Historian *
 
Interviews Interview Plan Interview Plan  
Project Planning Final Plan
Sample Topics
Research Checkpoint 
Final Plan
Sample Topics
Research Checkpoint 
Cherie Redelings - Planning for Your Project

Abigail Kuhn - Project Creation
 
Projection Creation Final Project Checklist 
Documentary *
Exhibit *
Performance *
Web Site *
Paper *
Final Project Checklist 
Documentary *
Exhibit *
Performance *
Web Site *
Paper *
 Cherie Redelings - Writing an NHD Paper
Evaluation/Judging Student Evaluation
NHD Judging Sheets
Sample Judging Questions 
Tips for Regional Contest
NHD Judging Sheets
Sample Judging Questions 
Tips for Regional Contest
 
       
























Check back - we will be adding materials throughout the year!

Thank you to the following teachers for sharing materials:
*Created by the Wisconsin Historical Society
Josh Bill, Waukegan High School, Waukegan, IL
Ms. Tami Elder, DoDEA Schools, Puerto Rico
Mrs. Terry Healey, Woodrow Wilson and Marlatt Elementary Schools, Manhattan, Kansas
Penny Heath, Canton High School, Canton, Oklahoma
Christine Hull, Nevada NHD Co-Coordinator
Ron Hustvedt, Salk Middle School, Elk River, Minnesota
Mark Johnson, Concordia International School, Shanghai, China
Abigail Kuhn, Ann Arbor Learning Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Mike Novrocki, Lake Lehman High School, Lehman, Pennsylvania
Ms. Whitney Olson, History Education Project, California
Cherie Redelings, Frances Parker School, San Diego, California
Kevin Wagner, Carlisle Area School District, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
John Werkmeister, Cambridge Springs Junior/Senior High School, Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania

If you have materials to share, please email to: Lynne O'Hara, Director of Programs (lynne@nhd.org)

ABC-CLIO Workbooks

ABC-CLIO and National History Day partnered to create a series of books to connect with the annual NHD theme. The teacher resource books present multiple perspectives by historians, classroom lesson plans and primary sources.

ABC-CLIO Teacher Resource Book Series

Educator Resources on the Web

Educator Resources

A list of online resources for history teachers and their History Day programs.

Lowell Milken Education Center

The Lowell Milken Education Center's website (www.lowellmilkencenter.org has project ideas, project outlines, contacts, and streaming video of former projects, many are NHD projects. The Center's cornerstone project is "Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project," which was originally a NHD project. (www.irenasendler.org) The Center works with schools around the world to teach respect and understanding among all people, through the development of history projects about unsung heroes whose actions promote these values. These student projects are in the form of performances, documentaries, exhibits, websites, or other creative ideas.