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.
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.
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.
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®.
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.
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.
In July 2015, 18 teachers were selected to take the trip of a lifetime this summer to discover the stories of World War II fallen heroes buried and memorialized overseas.
Teachers selected local American service members who lost their lives in northern Europe. Through months of intense study and in-depth research, the teachers uncovered the story of their fallen hero while developing a broader understanding of the campaigns and battles in which they fought. The group traveled through northern Europe, from the United Kingdom to France to the Netherlands and Belgium to visit America’s overseas cemeteries and to walk the battlegrounds where these men gave their lives.
Using this experience, the teachers designed a lesson plan specific to their teaching discipline. Designed for middle school and high school classrooms, the lesson plans are multi-disciplinary and can be applied in history, as well as art, math, science and English classrooms. Each lesson plan is based on solid scholarship, integrated with Common Core, and makes use of interpretive materials provided by ABMC. They are accompanied by research about fallen heroes of World War II who are honored at ABMC cemeteries in northern Europe.
This resource will be updated in November 2016 to include 18 new lesson plans on World War II in the Mediterranean.
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.
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!
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.
View the award-winning projects from previous contests.