Transforming Your Classroom with NHD

National History Day (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, and The high achieving student increases his/her ability to articulate learning through presentation.

Teacher Resources

Teach NHD

Teach NHD

Contest Rule Book

Contest Rule Book (Spanish)

  • The current edition of the Contest Rule Book covers all project rules and regulations for the NHD Contest. 

Annual Theme Resources

  • This page contains the 2015 Theme Sheet, 2015 Theme Book, and 2015 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

Contest Evaluation Forms

  • These contest evaluation forms can be used to help assess student projects.

Category Rule Verification Sheets

  • These check-off sheets will guide your students as they review their entry to make sure they have followed NHD rules for their chosen category.

NHD and the Common Core Standards

National History Day (NHD) correlates to the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and the Technical Subjects (CCSS for Literacy in All Subjects in Wisconsin). Click below to download the PDF showing the correlation between the Common Core Standards and NHD.

Teacher Resources, Middle School Level

NHD has developed a guide for middle school students to structure and monitor student learning and research projects. Each one can be customized to fit your class.

Teacher Resources Middle School Level (Download)

Teacher Resources, High School Level

NHD has developed a guide for high school students to structure and monitor student learning and research projects.  Each one can be customized to fit your class.

Teacher Resources High School Level – Part 1 (Download)

Teacher Resources High School Level – Part 2 (Download)