Resources for Teachers
To get started with NHD, please contact the state coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 807-7395. The coordinator can answer questions, share resources with you, and put you in touch with the district coordinator for your region.
Teacher Toolkit and Guides by Level
The NC Teacher Toolkit offers some suggestions for starting a History Day program in your classroom. Toolkit includes a classroom calendar, suggested steps, information about district contests, thesis worksheets, tips for improving bibliographies, and links to other resources.
The national NHD office has also created Teacher Resource Guides for specific grade levels. These helpful guides are from teachers across the country, and contain sample documents such as student assignment pages, grading rubrics, and more.
Presentations at Your School
The state coordinator is available to travel to your school to talk with teachers and students about the History Day program. Topics of presentations can include:
A general overview of the program
A discussion of research procedures, thesis development and what constitutes a solid bibliography
Suggestions for possible topics related to the theme
Review of student projects as they develop
Workshops for teachers on where to find primary sources for selected topics and how to use them in the classroom
To setup a visit or to get more information, contact Karen Ipock by email or at (919) 807-7395.
Various state affiliates, our own staff, and the national program have developed an array of resources to help you make your students and school's program as successful as possible. We've collected a few of our favorites below.
Framework for Teaching
The Mississippi program affiliate has developed a guide to help teachers introduce their students to National History Day and guide their students' NHD project development. This 18-class framework offers suggestions and links to handouts.
Most Recent Rule Book
For the 2014-15 contest year, the National History Day program began using a new rule book. The most recent version is available online, as are a list of significant changes from previous years, the evaluation sheets that are used in the contest and a rule verification checklist.
National Webinars, Courses and More
- Free webinars and Google Hangouts cover topics include advice for new teachers, how to use primary sources in the classroom, tips for creating historical projects and more
- A Guide to Historical Research, is one of seven books in the Making History series that take teachers step-by-step through a school year in the program, from topic selection to research presentation
- Online graduate courses are available through National History Day for middle and high school teachers and librarians who want to implement a project-based curriculum into their secondary classrooms
- Essays, lesson plans and primary source documents available online compose a World War I teaching resource developed to commemorate the centennial of the Great War
- A special platform from the citation-support service NoodleTools for the specific and sole purpose of creating National History Day projects during the NHD season
The lesson plans below were developed specifically for use in North Carolina classrooms.
North Carolinians Take a Stand on Ratification of the 19th Amendment
Cultural Encounters and the Exchanges that Occurred
Primary Sources and Activities for Studying the Guilded Age in North Carolina
Events Leading to the Civil War in North Carolina
Striking a Balance: Rights and Responsibilities
World War I Letters