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.”

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.


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.

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.