Resources for Teachers

To get started with NHD, please contact the state coordinator at or (919) 814-6639. The coordinator can answer questions, share resources with you, and put you in touch with the district coordinator for your region.

N.C. Educational Standards

The following N.C. educational standards will be met by a student who participates in the National History Day program.  Additionals standards, across multiple disciplines, may also be targeted depending on which topic and project category is selected.  

N.C. Educational Standards and NHD

Guides by Grade Level

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

For High School, Part I

For High School, Part II

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) 814-6639.

Other Resources

Various state affiliates, NHD partners, 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.

Thinkport Research Learning Modules

Thinkport Education has created a series of self-paced online lessons that guide students step-by-step as they practice the important research skills needed to create a National History Day project. Through these brief and easy to follow lessons, students will learn to define and analyze sources, how to write a solid thesis statement, and ultimately understand how to create their projects.

Learning Modules

Ask an NEH Expert

National History Day works with the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct the Ask an NEH Expert Series. Previous installments addressed the five National History Day categories (documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances, and websites), but the 2020 episodes focus on specific skills crucial to all NHD students, in all five NHD categories - Building an Argument, Validating Sources,  and Writing and Editing.

Ask an NEH Expert Series

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

Download the Current Rule Book

Most Recent Theme Book and Materials

Download the Current Theme Book

Download the Theme Organizer Worksheet 

Download N.C. History Topic Ideas


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.

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National History Day Webinars, Courses, and Books

  • Free webinars on advice for new teachers, how to use primary sources in the classroom, tips for creating historical projects, and more.
  • Online graduate courses are available through National History Day for middle and high school teachers and media coordinators who want to implement a project-based curriculum into their classrooms​.
  • 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.

Lesson Plans, Activities, and Primary Sources

World War I

World War II: Understanding Sacrifice

Women in American History

Teaching the American Civil War in the 21st Century

U.S. History in Global Perspective