What Is History Day?
The History Day Program is an exciting way to study history and learn about issues, ideas, people, and events that are of interest to students. History Day lets students express what they have learned through creative and original performances, media documentaries, papers, or three-dimensional exhibits.
History Day provides classroom teachers with an effective vehicle for teaching not only the content of history (and other subjects, such as art, theater, and media), but the basic components of critical thinking. It helps students develop the skills to think critically, not only about school work, but about the many decisions they must confront as citizens.
The Annual Theme
Each year a broad theme is selected for the History Day contest. Topics may come from local, regional, national, or world history. Regardless of the topic chosen, the research and conclusions must relate to the annual theme.
Why Participate in National History Day?
National History Day Works! According to a national program evaluation, students who participate in National History Day...
- outperform their non-NHD peers on state standardized tests in social studies, reading, science, and math;
- are better writers, who write with purpose and real voice, and marshal solid evidence to support their point of view; are critical thinkers, who can digest, analyze, and synthesize information; learn 21st century skills, such as collaboration.
- Please click on the link below to read the Executive Summary or the Full Report: http://www.nhd.org/NHDworks.htm
NHD in Nevada
NHD in NV has been supporting literacy, inquiry, and problem-based learning in Nevada since 1990. While NHD in NV has been housed in several governmental agencies and non-profits in the nearly 30 years in Nevada, many of the program partnerships have remained strong each and every year. History Day has been used in classrooms across the state of Nevada and has brought together many state agencies, museums, libraries, and other stakeholders to support History education in those classrooms.