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What is National History Day?
A look at exactly what National History Day entails.
NHD Rule Book 2014-2015 Revision
The current edition of the NHD Rule Book covers all project rules and regulations for the NHD Contest.
Annual Theme ResourcesThis is a report of how and where NHD aligns with the Common Core Standards.
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
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.
More Educator Resources...
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Annual NHD Contest Kit provides teachers everything they need to participate in the NHD contest. The kit includes the annual theme book, DVD introduction to NHD, contest rule book, information on meeting the NHD standards, an NHD fact sheet, NHD Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), testimony about NHD programs, judging sheets for each category, judging instruction packets for all categories and additional curriculum materials.
Making History Series
This series consists of six individual books. The author provides teachers a guide for implementing NHD in the classroom. The other five are guides to each contest category.
A team of ten veteran NHD teachers provide their best practices in supporting student research. The book is formatted to take teachers step-by-step through a school year, from topic selection to research presentation.
The National Archives explains exhibit design, using the same criteria that professional museum designers utilize in creating exhibits. For the student, the handbook describes in detail how the exhibit category is distinct from the other categories and why students might consider an exhibit to present their historical research.
The History Channel provides a step-by-step process of producing a documentary that tells a historical story. Organizational tools are presented in the handbook along with an accompanying interactive DVD.
Colonial Williamsburg highlights the significant considerations when creating a historical performance. Included in this handbook are tips for script writing and choosing props and an accompanying DVD.
Newsweek outlines the process that takes students from research through the writing process and explains the most effective way to write a coherent, organized and interesting historical essay.
The Center for History and New Media guides students in the process of web site development and presentation while maintaining quality historical content and originality.
Meeting the Standards
Within the past decade American classrooms have adopted a standards-based curriculum. This requires teachers to make a direct connection on daily lessons to district, state and national standards. NHD anticipated this demand, and in support of teachers, developed a document that aligns history and language arts national standards to the historical research process.
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."
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.
Educator Resources on the Web
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.