NHD Step by Step
Click the links to navigate to a page with a recorded webinar and downloadable resources for the classroom.
Use this site to conduct the same plagiarism and word count checks that the judges will have.
National History Day and Common Core Standards
Students frame the scope of their inquiry: choose a topic, a time period, and a focus for their research.
Students research, select, and read a variety of primary and secondary documents from multiple forms of media.
Students engage in extensive analysis by writing a thesis statement and then proving their claim using logic, reasoning, and specific historical evidence. The annual theme helps students to focus their analysis and frame their argument.
Regardless of project type, all students write. They are required to use multiple pieces of evidence, deal with conflicting evidence, and revise their writing. Word and time limits require not just a particular quantity of writing, but force revision and improve quality.
Regardless of project type, all students use technology in the research and project creation process. Often students will develop new skills sets (image editing, video editing software, web-based website editing, word processing) as part of the process.
Student writing requires both informative and argumentative writing structure, while learning to write to an adult audience using proper structure and conventions.
NHD encourages student collaboration. This is obviously accomplished in groups, but many individual students learn that they key to their success is working with a peer editor or another student completing an individual project to discuss ideas and share pathways for research.
All students present their work to an adult audience and then have to answer questions regarding their content and research process. This requires them to listen, think on their feet, and construct coherent and appropriate responses directed at a group of adults they do not know. As students grow older, the level of complexity of the questions asked and the responses expected increases.