Teacher Frameworks

These two worksheets may be used to help guide your students and their projects. Add deadlines, notes, provide scoring and feedback, and more.

Project Design

The project design checklist will assist you in keeping your student’s projects on track for success. If your students are having a difficult time deciding on a project type, the NHD category guide is a helpful infographic that will help them choose between categories (papers, documentaries, websites, etc.).

Project Checklists

These checklists are provided to help you quickly determine if the requirements are being met for each of your student’s projects.


Here are a couple of links to help students with their research: (1) a fun research guide and (2) a navigation guide to the wealth of historical knowledge found at the Texas State Library & Archives Commission.

Contest Rule Book

The contest rule book is probably one of the most important documents on this website. Every student, teacher, and parent will benefit from studying this guide provided by the National History Day organization.

Other links

National History Day Website

Find resources to help implement National History Day in your classroom. This site contains classroom resources, links to research sites to help students get started, as well as resources to help teachers bring primary sources into their classroom every day. This link goes to an external site.

National History Day 2020 Theme Book

This authoritative guide (pdf) provided by the National History Day organization contains almost everything you need to know about National History Day. This link goes to an external site.

Sample Texas Topic List & Worksheet

Although students are encouraged to choose a topic that will interest them, we have provided some sample topics in this worksheet to help get them started.

Five Keys to History Day Success

Danny Corbett of Copperas Cove Junior High offered the following observations at a History Day workshop for his fellow teachers, and he has graciously agreed to let us republish them.