Information for Educators

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As a History Day teacher, you can help guide your students through the process of researching and developing a history project. Using project-based learning, students practice research, writing, historical analysis, and critical thinking skills while exploring a topic is US, Vermont or world history.

The National History Day (NHD) website has a wealth of information about incorporating the program into your classroom.

Find other helpful information below:

New Partnership for 2021

VTDigger: The Underground Workshop: Students participating in the Our Pandemic Media: Then and Now project for Quarter 3 are encouraged to submit entries for Vermont History Day and to the Underground Workshop. More information about this opportunity to publish for a statewide audience can be found here.

Details & Deadlines (2021 materials coming soon)

2020 Vermont History Day At a Glance (PDF)
2020 Online Registration System (preferred)
2020 Printable Entry Form (school PDF)
2020 Printable Entry Form (homeschool PDF)
2020 Special Prizes (PDF)
2020 Documentary Submission Instructions (PDF)

The state contest registration fee is $8.00 per student. Credit card payments can be made through the online registration system. Checks can be mailed to the Vermont Historical Society at 109 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05609.

Where to begin?

Attend the Educator Workshop, To be scheduled
Video Playlist about the 2021 Theme and each project category, recorded by Massachusetts History Day
National History Day Curriculum Materials
Borrow NHD How-to Booklets
Official Rule Book (PDF) New for the 2021 contest! See summary of significant changes.
Consider using NoodleTools to help students organize their research and bibliography
Writing a Thesis Statement from New Mexico History Day (YouTube)

Theme Info

Communication in History: The Key to Understanding Theme Narrative (PDF)
Communication in VERMONT History (PDF) (coming soon)
NHD Breaking Barriers in History Theme Book
Topic Suggestions and Primary Sources from the National Archives
Topic Ideas Website, Master Topic List and Novice Topic List from Minnesota History Day

Primary Sources & Bibliographies

What are primary sources and where can students find them online?
Research resources in Vermont (PDF)
Thinkport (Primary Source Inquiry Kits)
Reading Like a Historian
Historic newspapers at Chronicling America
Teaching with Primary Sources Journal
Oral History Interview Guidelines from National History Day (PDF)
Annotated Bibliography Resources from National History Day
Civic Online Reasoning Resources to evaluate online information

Common Core Connections

National History Day Connections and Correlations to the Common Core (PDF) courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society

For more information, contact Victoria at (802) 828-1413 or email

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