National History Day Mentoring Program - Teachers

Why National History Day?

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Look below for extra resources that

you can use in the class room!

Anyone who has ever participated in NHD, whether student, teacher or parent, knows and appreciates the impact NHD has on the lives of students who participate.  In today's world, however, it is important that educational programs be able to document and show, through data, the value they add to a student's intellectual development.  Well, National History Day engaged in just such an evaluation.  NHD engaged the firm of Rockman et al to
develop and carry out a research based evaluation of the program. 
According to the evaluation's executive summary: "the research examined students' academic performance on state standardized tests, not only in history or social studies, but also in other subjects where students' skills might transfer."  The study also included assessments of research, writing and critical thinking skills. 

Their evaluation revealed that students :

  • NHD students outperform their non-NHD peers on state standardized tests in multiple subjects, including reading, science and math, as well as social studies
  • NHD students are better writers.  NHD students had more exemplary writing scores and fewer low scores than comparison students
  • NHD has a positive impact among students whose interests in academic subjects may wane in high school
  • NHD students learn 21st century college- and career-ready skills.  They learn to collaborate, talk to experts, manage their time and persevere.
  • NHD students were 18 percentage points better overall than their peers at interpreting historical information

NHD works!  It makes a real difference in the lives of students who participate.    

Teacher Resources

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  here .

Pacing Guides and Timelines
2016 Teacher Framework by NHD Minnesota
18 Classes to Project Completion by NHD Mississippi
Semester Long Pacing Guide
Year Long Pacing Guide
Timeline by Southwest History Day 
Timeline by Breck School
NHD Models from NHD Georgia Teacher Workshop 2016
Incorporating NHD (Middle School) by
Incorporating NHD (High School Part 1) by
Incorporating NHD (High School Part 2) by

Checklist by NHD
Guide by NHD Wisconsin
Evaluation by NHD

Checklist by NHD
Guide by NHD Wisconsin
Evaluation by NHD

Checklist by NHD
Guide by NHD Wisconsin
Evaluation by NHD

Checklist by NHD
Guide by NHD Wisconsin
Evaluation by NHD

Checklist by NHD
Guide by NHD Texas and NHD Washington
Evaluation by NHD

Topic Selection
Selecting and Narrowing a Topic by NHD Minnesota
Preliminary Topic Selection Worksheet
Final Topic Selection Worksheet
Focusing your Topics
Topic Funnel Worksheet
"Modern to Past" Worksheet by NHD Minnesota
"National to Local" Worksheet by NHD Minnesota
Writing an Outline by NHD Minnesota
Outline and Paragraphs from NHD Georgia Teacher Workshop 2016

Building a Thesis
Good, Bad, Ugly Thesis from NHD Georgia Teacher Workshop 2016
Thesis Development Worksheet
Thesis Peer Review Worksheet from NHD Georgia Teacher Workshop 2016
"What's your Point?" Video by NHD Minnesota
Thesis Creator

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  here.  

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  Chronicling America  ! 

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  . 

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. Burns' presentation  here.  Please note that Ms. Burns' presentation will load as a pdf.

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 on  ANNOTATIONS   - It's great! 

Here's a process paper and annotated bibliography  guide  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 Presentation
NHD Parent Signature Page

Chris Shelnutt, Eighth Grade Social Science Teacher, St. Luke School, Columbus Georgia Behring MIddle School Teacher of the Year, 2014
Annotated Bibliography
Introductory paragraphs
NHD interviews
Notes from sources
Plagiarism quiz

Georgia Historical Society's Teacher Resources
GHS Educator Web Guide by GHS
Blog Post "Three Tips for Supporting Historical Research in Your Classroom" by GHS
Introduction to Primary Sources in the Classroom by GHS
Teaching with Primary Sources by GHS

Here are some websites to help your kids think like historians.

"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."
Henry Adams
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.



Contact Information

Kevin Shirley
Program Coordinator
Phone 706-880-8033

Contact the Program
Phone 706-880-8174