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As part of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Consortium, National History Day has developed programming to help engage NHD teachers and students with the vast resources of the Library of Congress. Click the buttons below to access resources, including the Teacher Guide and webinars from the Historical Argumentation Webinar Series (2020, 2021) and Inspiring Student Research Webinar Series (2020, 2021).

Teacher Guide
2021 Inspiring Student Research Webinar Series
2021 Historical Argumentation Webinar Series
2020 Inspiring Student Research Webinar Series
Fall 2020 Webinar
2020 Historical Argumentation Webinar Series
Teacher Guide

National History Day, in collaboration with the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Consortium, created this open-access Teacher Guide filled with hints, tips, and activities to encourage student inquiry and historical research. The Guide to Student Research and Historical Argumentation provides an overview of the inquiry process, explores primary and secondary sources from the Library of Congress, and helps teachers guide students to construct historical arguments. The book targets important historical thinking skills that often challenge students.

The Guide to Student Research and Historical Argumentation was developed through a Teaching with Primary Sources grant from the Library of Congress.

Download a free copy here.
PLEASE NOTE:

All lesson plan activities have been made into fillable PDFs. For students to save their work, they must complete and save in a PDF reader app (not the web browser). Please instruct students to download a copy of the activity from the web browser and open in their PDF reader. Please note that some lessons contain answer keys.

2021 Inspiring Student Research Webinar Series

Inspiring Student Research Webinar Series, Webinar #1

ISR Webinar 1 Bibliography


Inspiring Student Research Webinar Series, Webinar #2

ISR Webinar 2 Bibliography


2021 Historical Argumentation Webinar Series

Welcome to Historical Argumentation 2021!

Historical Thinking Skills, Part 1 (2021): Sourcing and the Three Cs

Historical Argumentation Webinar 1 Bibliography

Historical Thinking Skills, Part 2 (2021): Perspective, Agency, and Hindsight

Historical Argumentation Webinar 2 Bibliography

Historical Thinking Skills, Part 3 (2021): Evidence, Counter-Evidence, and Arguments

Historical Argumentation Webinar 3 Bibliography

Historical Thinking Skills, Part 4 (2021): Organizing an Argument

Historical Argumentation Webinar 4 Bibliography
2020 Inspiring Student Research Webinar Series

Reading Other People's Mail (Inspiring Student Research Webinar #1)

Inspiring Student Research Webinar 1 Bibliography


Stop Staring! Why Historians are the Rudest People (Inspiring Student Research Webinar #2)

Inspiring Student Research Webinar 2 Bibliography


Eavesdropping! Why Historians are the Rudest People (Inspiring Student Research Webinar #3)

Inspiring Student Research Webinar 3 Bibliography

The Civil Rights Movement: A Case Study in Communication (Inspiring Student Research Webinar #4)

Inspiring Student Research Webinar 4 Bibliography
Fall 2020 Webinar

Unlocking Rhythms with the American Folklife Center

Unlocking Rhythms Slides


2020 Historical Argumentation Webinar Series

Historical Thinking Skills (Webinar #1)

Historical Argumentation Webinar 1 Bibliography


Historical Thinking Skills (Webinar #2)

Historical Argumentation Webinar 2 Bibliography


Historical Thinking Skills (Webinar #3)

Historical Argumentation Webinar 3 Bibliography


Historical Thinking Skills (Webinar #4)

Historical Argumentation Webinar 4 Bibliography
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Summer 2020 Historical Argumentation Padlet

Designed by Hawai'i History Day staff, this padlet pulls together all the information and materials for the summer 2020 Historical Argumentation course.