The following step-by-step guide is intended to outline the History Day process for teachers. Distilled from our teacher workshops, the guide can help teachers structure their school program, or simply serve as a checklist. See our detailed list of steps here.
Step-by-Step Teacher’s Guide to History Day
- Step 1: Introduce History Day
- Step 2: Choosing Topics
- Step 3: Choosing Projects
- Step 4: Research and Analysis
- Step 5: Creating Projects
- Step 6: Competition
- Step 7: Evaluation
running a school contest
Conducting a school level contest benefits your students and the quality of their projects. By providing an additional round of evaluation, school contests enable students to revise their projects before advancing to the regional contest. At a school contest, students gain experience with talking about or performing their project in a safe environment, which builds confidence in themselves and their History Day projects.
Click here for instructions on how to run a school contest
WHY NHD WORKS
National History Day is a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation and creative expression for 6th- to 12th-grade students. By participating in NHD, students become writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights and artists as they create unique contemporary expressions of history. The experience culminates in a series of contests at the local and affiliate levels and an annual national competition in the nation’s capitol in June.
An independent study from 2011 found that participation in the National History Day Contest benefits students far beyond the competition. National History Day not only transports classrooms back in time during the school year, it transforms young minds forever.
Visit the NHD Works page for results of the 2011 study.