NHD Step by Step

Click the links to navigate to a page with a recorded webinar and downloadable resources for the classroom.

Planning an NHD Year »

Exploring the Theme »

Choosing a Topic »

Writing a NHD Thesis Statement »

Doing NHD Research »


NHD Rule Book - English
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File: NHDRuleBook2021Digital.pdf (approx 1.04 MB)

NHD Rule Book - English

NHD Rule Book - Spanish
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File: NHDSpanishRuleBook2021Digital.pdf (approx 885.28 kB)

NHD Rule Book - Spanish

Getting Started with National History Day

  • Visit the National History Day site as well as this site to get the new rule book and evaluation forms, see sample projects, register for graduate courses, and find additional resources.
  • Look at the theme book to learn about this year's theme, Turning Points in History, and to get ideas for project topics.
  • Connect with your regional coordinator for information about implementation, or answers to specific questions.

2024 Theme Book for Turning Points in History »

COMPASS: Graphic Organizer Worksheet for NHD 2024 »

Weekly Lesson Plans

If you can only check in with your NHD students once a week, here's a week by week guide to get you through to regionals! Click the buttons below to download PDFs.

NHD Lesson Plan Week 1 »

NHD Lesson Plan Week 2 »

Lesson Plans Weeks 3 and 4 »

Lesson Plans Weeks 5 and 6 »

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Download permission slip for consent
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File: consent-form-minor.pdf (approx 177.76 kB)

Download permission slip for consent

Protecting Children's Privacy

When it comes time to register for contests, please be aware that students younger than 13 can NOT give consent to share their information. Please be sure that parents give consent during the registration process, either by assisting with registration or by providing a signed permission slip. (Please print, fill out, and sign this slip and have your teacher return it to the state NHD coordinator.)



Historical Society of New Mexico, a Gila Level Sponsor ($1,000)

University of New Mexico Department of History, a Gila Level Sponsor

Los Alamos Historical Society, a San Juan Level Sponsor ($100)

Doña Ana County Historical Society, a San Juan Level Sponsor

Charles Redd Center, a San Juan Level Sponsor

New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs

Numerous generous individual donors who make possible our special awards and otherwise support the program


You, too, can support National History Day in New Mexico. CLICK HERE to make your donation today!




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