National History Day Releases World War I Classroom Resources that go Beyond the Trench

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National History Day (NHD) announced today the release of new World War I (WWI) resources that bring the events of World War I into a modern context. Teaching World War I in the 21st Century offers relevant essays, lesson plans, online resources, and classroom materials for both middle and high school students.

Like all other NHD programs and resources, Teaching World War I in the 21st Century materials correlates to the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in History, Social Studies, Science, and the Technical Subjects. The available resources allow educators to selectively incorporate materials into lesson plans, while ensuring elements from the Common Core State Standards and the C3 Framework are not lost.

“At National History Day our goal is to help students better understand how past events influence how we live today, and teachers are the people who make this goal a reality,” said NHD Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “By providing classrooms with these resources, teachers will be able to help students understand the impact World War I had on international conflicts and diplomacy today.”

The resources and materials for Teaching World War I in the 21st Century were developed in collaboration with HISTORY® and align with the 100th anniversary of this cataclysmic event. Resources are available online for teachers to download at no cost, and can be viewed at

NHD is a nonprofit education organization in College Park, MD. Established in 1974, NHD offers yearlong academic programs that engage over half a million middle and high school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. These research-based projects are entered into contests at the local and affiliate levels, where the top student projects have the opportunity to advance to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD also seeks to improve the quality of history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators. NHD is sponsored in part by Kenneth E. Behring, Patricia Behring, HISTORY®, Jostens, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, Weider History Group, Inc. and the WEM 2000 Foundation of the Dorsey & Whitney Foundation. For more information about NHD, visit

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Lynne O'Hara
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