Transforming Your Classroom with National History Day

National History Day motivates students to discover history by cultivating interest: students research a topic of their choice; developing research skills: students act as historians discovering how to uncover primary sources, build historical context and form historical interpretations; becoming experts on a research topic: presenting their research to teachers, students, and historians; achieving success.

  • Resource Type: Modules (Teaching Unit)
  • Subject: History
  • Grades: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

National History Day Contest

You will choose a historical topic related to the annual theme, and then conduct primary and secondary research. You will look through libraries, archives and museums, conduct oral history interviews, and visit historic sites. After you have analyzed and interpreted your sources, and have drawn a conclusion about the significance of your topic, you will then be able to present your work in contests in one of five ways: as a paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary, or a website.

  • Resource Type: Modules (Teaching Unit)
  • Subject: History
  • Grades: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12