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Resources and Samples

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Getting Started

First, find out if your school has an NHD program. Actual participation varies from school to school. Some students participate through after school clubs and scouting programs, others participate as part of their history curriculum and still others participate on their own (with the help of a coach). If your school does not have a program, you need to find a teacher or trusted adult who is willing to act as a coach for the NHD project year. The coaches help their students with time management and serve as mentors as students conduct research and create their projects.​​​​​​​​​

Before you get started, take a look at the following resources and sample projects to guide your research and prepare your own entry. You'll find theme information, examples of annotated bibliographies and process papers, sample score sheets and more.

Category Infographics

Resources and Samples

Here are some resources that will come in handy as you begin working on your NHD project:

To see Samples of winning projects in each entry category, go to NHD Student Project Examples.

2020 Sacrifice for Freedom®: World War II in the Pacific Student & Teacher Institute

Applications are being accepted for the 2020 Sacrifice for Freedom®: World War II in the Pacific Student & Teacher Institute, sponsored by the Pearl Harbor Historic Site partners. This program will provide an exceptional opportunity for 16 student/teacher teams to study World War II in the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawai'i, from June 24 - July 1, 2020.

Details and application forms can be found here:​. The application deadline is Monday, December 2.

Ask an NEH Expert

NHD has posted new videos in conjuction with the National Endowment, "Ask an NEH Expert" series, focused on skills that can apply for ANY NHD project category. They just posted the first three videos in this new series - one on building a historical argument, one on validating sources, and one on writing and editing tips.

Please ​share this link​ with your students as they prepare for upcoming contests (or revise to advance to the next level).

Training and Learning Opportunities

Complete NHD-OC Intent to Participate to help us keep you informed about NHD. You will receive pertinent materials and informational updates as they occur. Completing the survey does not obligate you to participate in the NHD-OC. Deadline for Intent to Participate submission is December 13, 2019.​

Your most important responsibility is to mentor and support your students and assist them as they create their entry projects. Review and edit the written materials, making sure students follow the rules for their entry. In order to help students prepare for competition, review the NHD-CA Handbook and coach students for their interview.



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