Teacher Resources

Find resources to help implement National History Day® in your classroom! This section contains classroom resources, links to research sites to help students get started, as well as resources to help teachers bring primary sources into their classroom every day. We have teaching resources for U.S. and world history classrooms, including our World War I resource book and Understand Sacrifice.

NHD in the Classroom
Content Resources and Lesson Plans
Webinars and Videos
"Help, I'm a New NHD Teacher" Videos
NHD in the Classroom

National History Day (NHD) 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; and
  • 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 for Middle and High School

These guides help teachers structure and monitor student learning and research projects, teachers can customize them to fit any class.
Middle School

High School Part 1 of 2

High School Part 2 of 2

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.

Download NHD and the Common Core

Content Resources and Lesson Plans

NHD has developed a series of content resources related to teaching both U.S. and World History.

Teaching the Civil War in the 21st Century

Was the Civil War inevitable? Where do slaves fit into the story? Where were the battlefields, who were the combatants, what were the moral and ideological stakes? And above all, how should we remember a war that cost hundreds of thousands of lives and nearly destroyed a nation? NHD has invited renowned Civil War historians to share their research in a series of provocative and perhaps even perplexing essays. Their contributions challenge us to think about, teach about, and research the Civil War in fresh ways.

Developed in partnership with the National Park Service and HISTORY®.

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Teaching World War I

NHD was asked by HISTORY® and the World War I Centennial Commission to develop a teacher resource to connect teachers and students to the best research and resources for teaching the 100th anniversary of World War I. NHD worked with partner organizations, including HISTORY®, the National Archives and Records Administration, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and Army, Naval, and Marine Corps historical organizations to find interesting, unique primary sources. NHD master teachers then crafted the lesson modules, which can be edited and adapted to meet the needs of students in any classroom.

See Essays & Lesson Plans

U.S. History in Global Perspective

The inspiration for this book came from a recent survey of NHD's network of thousands of teachers in the U.S. 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. Current events are also of great interest in classrooms of all disciplines; students in environmental science, for instance, must learn its history on a global scale to fully understand the subject.

With that in mind, we partnered with the Longview Foundation and HISTORY® to create a guide to help educators examine and teach United States History in global context.

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Webinars and Videos

National History Day hosts multiple webinars throughout the year talking about resources and tips for teaching and learning history. See upcoming events below and scroll down for videos of past events.

Upcoming Events


Past Events
October 3, 2017 at 7PM ET
Conflict & Compromise Resources with the NEH and the Smithsonian Learning Lab
Watch on YouTube
Watch on SchoolTube

Conflict & Compromise in History 2018 Theme Introduction Webinar
Watch on YouTube
Watch on SchoolTube

2017 Ask the NEH Experts Series
View the YouTube playlist here.

HELP! I'm a New NHD Teacher... What did I get myself into?
View the YouTube playlist here.

Taking A Stand in History 2017 Theme Introduction Webinar
Watch on YouTube
Watch on SchoolTube


"Help, I'm a New NHD Teacher" Videos

Participating in the National History Day Contest for the first time can be a daunting task for a teacher. We have made a series of videos to help walk educators through the process featuring our Director of Programs Lynne O'Hara. There are four videos in this series.

For those unable to access YouTube on their network, you can watch these videos on our SchoolTube channel.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Rubrics

NHD is developing rubrics for use in classrooms. They detail potential assessment criteria for the five project categories. Here are the current drafts. Let us know what you think!

NoodleTools

NHD participants within a school can enjoy one complementary NoodleTools subscription for one NHD project season. The NoodleTools online platform helps students to generate accurate bibliographies in accordance with NHD rules, evaluate sources, create and organize notecards, and archive copies of sources. Teacher mentors can view student work in progress and provide real-time feedback.

Project Examples

View the award-winning projects from previous contests.