COMMON CORE ALERT!!!!
As you know, the adoption and implementation of the Common Core in Georgia schools
began in earnest this year. Ann Claunch and the National Curriculum Team
have prepared a Common Core/NHD Correlation worksheet. This tremendously
valuable resource can be found
NHD in the classroom
- This is a section of the NHD website dedicated to teacher support.
The Georgia Historical Society has developed a series of resources that can be
very, very helpful. Thanks to GHS's Education Coordinator S. Sineath for
providing these materials!
GHS Education Brochure
Primary Sources in the Classroom
Where to Find Primary Sources
The National Archives and Records Administration The National Archives maintains
an online teacher clearinghouse of resources tied to National History Day and its
annual theme. You can check the page out
Chronicling America offers students free access to nearly five million pages of
hyper-local stories, advertisements, and opinions published between 1836 and 1922
in 28 states (and growing) across the country. In addition, EDSITEment, NEH's educational
website for teachers, students, and parents, will develop new educator and student
resources to facilitate and encourage use of the newspaper material." Visit
The Society of American Archivists has an online tool kit for NHD teachers and
students that can be found at
National History Day and Archivists Page
The folks at Minnesota NHD have created a handy video entitled "What's your Point?"
This is the essence of a thesis statement. Check it out
Erin Burns, Reference Librarian at Penn State University Wilkes-Barre developed
a presentation on thesis development in support of Pennsylvania NHD in 2012. Although
the theme is 2012's it is very, very well done. You can have a look at Ms.
Please note that Ms. Burns' presentation will load as a pdf.
Your students can use an online thesis builder
You can also ask your students to use this
The staff of Lewis Library have developed a Library Guide for LaGrange College
Cornerstone students that introduces them to the basics of conducting research,
proper citation and avoiding plagiarism. NHD students might find this useful
at various points in the process. Have a look
(Courtesy NHD Texas and NHD Washington) - Powerpoint presentation (loaded
as a pdf) that introduces and reviews the Website category.
Documentary - The guide to Documentary building can be found
Notice the page includes the 2009 junior individual documentary winner.
Exhibits - The NHD Exhibit guide can be found
Notice it includes a national winner sample.
Performance - The NHD Historical Performance guide can be found
Here's an example of an
Historical Paper - The NHD Paper guide can be found
It includes a link to a 2009 National winning paper.
The National office of NHD has created an
page that includes award winning entries from all categories. Have a look!
Annotated Bibliography - In some ways the most challenging (and arguably important)
component of an NHD project, preparing an effective bibliography can be daunting
for students. Check out the LibGuide prepared by the staff of Lewis Library
- It's great!
Here's a process paper and annotated bibliography
prepared by the folk at Minnesota NHD
Master Teacher Resources
The state of Georgia is fortunate to have a number of teachers who have successfully
integrated NHD into their classrooms. These experienced teachers have guided
their students to both the state and national competitions and celebrated their
success. They are also very willing to share materials and ideas with you.
Below is more information about these excellent teachers and links to materials
they have chosen to share with you in the hope that you will benefit from them.
Andy Blackburn, Rome High School, Rome Georgia, Behring High School Teacher of
the Year, 2012
Lesson Plan 1
Lesson Plan 2
Connecticut NHD Educator's Handbook
Donna Graham, Macon Georgia, Behring Middle School Teacher of the Year, 2012
NHD Parent Signature Page
Chris Shelnutt, Eighth Grade Social Science Teacher, St. Luke School, Columbus
Georgia Behring MIddle School Teacher of the Year, 2014
Notes from sources
Last July we welcomed NHD Minnesota's own 'Mr. History' (aka Tim Hoogland). He
provided our workshop participants with a collection of materials useful in the
classroom. Some of these can be found below!!!
Getting started with a
topic proposal and
with the students
Biblography and Thesis
Thesis Development Worksheet
Bibliography and Process Paper
Map your way through your project
Map out your ideas to your NHD Project
Work NHD into the classroom and with the
are some websites to help your kids think like historians.
Here are some materials and steps on how to incorporate NHD into your classroom:
Middle School by NHD.org
High School - Part 1 by NHD.org
High School - Part 2 by NHD.org
"The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate 'apparently ordinary' people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is in making winners out of ordinary people."
K. Patricia Cross
"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."
Pat Cross's declaration seems particularly appropriate for those who lead their
students into National History Day. It is indeed a program that includes
contests and competition, but for us, as educators, NHD is not really about the
contest. It is about creating opportunities for 'apparently ordinary' students
to achieve 'extraordinary' results. NHD provides a vehicle that allows students
to achieve things they never thought possible.