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Teachers: How to Get Started with NHD

We welcome your interest! To get started with NHD, please get in touch with the state coordinator by emailing Laura.Ketcham@ncdcr.gov or calling 919-807-7395. The coordinator can put you in touch with the district coordinator for your region and can share resources with you. If you would like someone to visit your school, either the state coordinator or the district coordinator may be able to come to your school to talk to your students or to your fellow teachers about the program.

The Teacher Toolkit offers some suggestions for starting a History Day program, including a classroom calendar, suggested steps, information about district contests, thesis worksheets, tips for improving bibliographies, and links to other resources. This is a very basic introduction that cannot take the place of the Guide sold by the national office, but it can be a good place to get started.

The national office of National History Day offers useful books for sale on such topics as how to create an exhibit, website, documentary, research paper, and performance as well as a book designed specifically to help teachers use National History Day in the classroom. A Guide to Historical Research Through the National History Day Program was written by a team of ten veteran NHD teachers who provide their best practices in supporting student research. The book is formatted to take teachers step-by-step through a school year, from topic selection to research presentation. More information can be found by going to www.nhd.org and clicking on “Store” (http://www.nhd.org/cart).

Be sure to visit the national website, www.nhd.org, for additional teacher resources, sample student projects, tips for students, and more.

Online Discussion about Rules for the NHD Contest

If you missed the December discussion about NHD rules, visit http://www.nhd.org/2013RulesDiscussion.htm to read the questions and answers.

Online Discussion about 2014 Theme                                     

If you missed the October discussion about the 2014 theme, visit http://www.nhd.org/2011websitediscussion.htm to read the questions and answers.

Useful Webinars on NHD Resources

Be sure to visit http://www.nhd.org/Webinars.htm for archived copies of webinars offered by National History Day. The National Archives webinar from November showcased the unique resources of the National Archives and Records Administration. The Library of Congress webinar from September introduced teachers and students to the collections of the Library of Congress and how these resources can help with resources for the 2014 Rights and Responsibilities theme. The December webinar from Weebly focused on how to build an NHD website.

Save the date for another webinar, topic to be announced, on January 14. Check the NHD website for more information.                 

Teachers: Help Us Show NHD’s Impact!

National History Day in North Carolina and National History Day (NHD) are trying to document the impact of the program.  It is critical that we know how many teachers and students are participating in NHD so that education officials and potential funders know about the reach of our program!  Although we can easily determine the number of students and teachers who enter a regional or the state contest, the true power of the program is reflected in the number of participants at the school level, whether or not they compete in a contest. This information is vital in continuing to strengthen the program.

Will you help us out by completing this brief survey for the 2013-14 schoolyear? It should take no more than 5 minutes. Here's the link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QJCLXFM.

Thank you!

Sign Up for Monthly NHD Newsletter for Teachers

The national office of National History Day offers a monthly newsletter for teachers featuring resources and news. To be added to the national email list to receive newsletters and other teacher information from the national office, email Lynne O’Hara at Lynne@nhd.org. Click here to see a sample monthly newsletter.

Publishing Contest for High School Seniors

National History Day is holding a publishing contest, giving a senior (graduating in 2014) a chance to be published in NHD’s 2015 theme book. Entrants must have been past participants of the National History Day contest (at any level). Students are invited to help other students understand the 2015 theme, Leadership and Legacy in History¸ through an essay of 1,000 to 1,500 words. What is the meaning of leadership? What is the meaning of legacy? What are some examples and applications that you have seen across your study of history? The deadline is December 16, 2013. To learn more, students and teachers can visit www.nhd.org/studentpublishing.htm.

LESSON PLANS (in PDF format):

19th Amendment
North Carolinians Take a Stand on Ratification of the 19th Amendment

Early Exploration
Cultural Encounters and the Exchanges that Occurred

Gilded Age Resources for Teachers
Primary Sources and Activities for Studying the Guilded Age in North Carolina

Secession
Events Leading to the Civil War in North Carolina

The Speaker Ban Law
Striking a Balance: Rights and Responsibilities

World War I Letters

Casualties of the Great War

The Great Depression