EduHam Online Spring Contest Is Open

Whether you are teaching in person, remotely, or both this spring, EduHam Online is an easily adaptable, fully online resource that allows students to explore the world of HAMILTON and America’s Founding Era — ultimately creating and performing their own narrative in the form of a song, rap, spoken word, or scene. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is pleased to announce that a new national competition and lottery is now open for spring 2021 submissions. Here are the details:
We will select a total of 10 winners: 5 performances chosen by our judging panel and 5 performances chosen at random. Winners will be invited to New York City for an all-expenses-paid, full-day theater experience, when theaters reopen, including a performance of HAMILTON. Submissions are open to students in grades 6-12.
Deadline to submit performances: April 30, 2020. Ready to get started? Visit this page to create a free account or log in. Read More ⟶

Enter the 2021 We the Students Essay Contest

The Bill of Rights Institute hopes that you will encourage your students to enter this year’s We the Students essay contest. With the prompt “What is the relationship between equality and justice?” we challenge them to tell us what they think the relationship is between these two principles. To truly explore the question in an essay that is 500-800 words, students will need to go beyond “dictionary definitions” and express their understanding and reasoning about the connection between these two principles. This reasoning involves a combination of observation, experience, and some pretty “big ideas.” What does it take to understand them? To build toward and maintain them? To see them with regard to each other? Why is this relationship important? The 16 winners will receive a total of $20,000 in scholarship prizes. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2021. Go here to learn more. Read More ⟶

Special DocsTeach Page for National History Day

Use this special DocsTeach page from the National Archives to help your students prepare for National History Day 2021. The theme this year is “Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.” Choose teaching activities to get them thinking about communication in history. Share primary sources for possible NHD topics. Find even more resources for National Read More ⟶

C-SPAN Announces StudentCam 2021

C-SPAN is pleased to announce StudentCam 2021, our annual video documentary competition! This year marks the 17th year of the contest, and we invite all middle school students (grades 6-8) and high school students (grades 9-12) to create a 5-6-minute documentary, based on the theme “Explore the issue you most want the president and new Congress to address in 2021.” C-SPAN awards a total of $100,000 in cash prizes! You will find a complete list of competition rules and documentary requirements, along with links to view past winning videos at studentcam.org. Read More ⟶