Resources for Teachers

To get started with NHD, please contact the state coordinator at 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.

For Middle School

Fort High School, Part One  

For High School, Part Two

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.

Other Resources

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.

Download the Framework

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.

Download the Current Rule Book

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

Lesson Plans

The lesson plans below were developed specifically for use in North Carolina classrooms.

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


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