Contest Rule Book And Official Theme Book

The contest rule book was updated for the 2020-2021 contest year and 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.

The Theme Book is the authoritative guide (pdf) provided by NHD and contains almost everything you need to know about National History Day and the 2021 Theme: “Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.”

NEW! Teacher Video Library

Videos of varying length that teachers can either share with their students or use in class on everything from choosing a topic, to research tips, to category specific dos and don’ts!

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 Checklists

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

Virtual Contest Category Submission Guidelines

*Paper and Website entries are submitted the usual way via the registration system.


  • UPDATED 2/27/2021 Exhibit Category Guidelines–Explains the option for (1) building a physical exhibit and how to turn it into an exhibit that can be submitted and (2) How to create a VIRTUAL exhibit and how to submit it. (Download the document for template links, and other information)




The Texas State Library & Archives Commission put together a great website just for Texas History Day students! To visit this external site click here!

Here is a couple to help students with their research using a fun research guide.

Other links

(go to external sites)

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.

NHD Student Page click here

NHD Teacher Page click here

Texas Topics

Sample Texas Topic List

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.

History Day Success in Five Steps

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.