The National History Day program provides teachers with an innovative teaching tool that instills important skills in a fun and engaging format.
History Day requires students to do the job of a historical detective. Participants must delve into primary sources, develop original historical conclusions, and present their work in a creative form. In short, National History Day is designed to revolutionize the teaching and learning of history. It also aligns with Common Core Standards.
History Day is not a contest, it’s a year-long learning experience that helps students discover skills of research, time management, group collaboration, historical analysis, and many other skills. National History Day published a report that details some findings on areas where students improve through participation in a History Day project.
Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to see the answers to teacher questions such as “Is there a sample timeline?” “How do I use this in a virtual setting?” and more.
- What is History Day?
This video is a great introduction to History Day if you are a new teacher, or a great refresher for those with History Day experience!
- NHD Project Formats
Learn more about the five project formats of National History Day by watching the video below.
- Teacher Webinars
Maryland History Day outreach staff produce pre-recorded webinars on our YouTube channel. See the Maryland History Day teacher playlist for more videos!
- Student Webinars
Maryland History Day outreach staff produce pre-recorded webinars on our YouTube channel. See below for a link to the Maryland History Day student playlist!