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.

New Partnership for 2021

VTDigger: The Underground Workshop: Students participating in the Our Pandemic Media, 1918 project for Quarter 3 are encouraged to submit entries for Vermont History Day and to the Underground Workshop. Details about Our Pandemic Media, 1918 can be found here. Students can submit a short essay (400-700 words) to the Underground Workshop and then extend the project for submission to Vermont History Day, possibly in the form of a paper, exhibit or website.

Details & Deadlines

Official Rule Book (PDF) New for the 2021 contest! See summary of significant changes.
New judging forms for 2021

2021 Vermont History Day At a Glance (PDF) - updated 01/21
2021 Online Registration System (preferred)
2021 Printable Entry Form (school PDF)
2021 Printable Entry Form (homeschool PDF)
2021 Special Prizes (PDF)
2021 Project Submission Instructions (PDF) - updated 01/21

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.

Educator Workshops

Attend the free "What's New for 2021" Educator Workshop organized by Vermont History Day
Monday, October 19, 3:30-5:00 on Zoom - Workshop Slideshow

Attend a free Introductory Educator Workshop organized with our partners at Fort Ticonderoga
Thursday, October 22, 4:00-6:00 pm on Zoom OR
Thursday, November 12, 4:00-6:00 pm on Zoom

Theme Info

Communication in History: The Key to Understanding Theme Narrative (PDF)
Communication in VERMONT History (PDF)
NHD Breaking Barriers in History Theme Book
NHD Theme Page with videos and resources
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
Getting Started with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress
Oral History Interview Guidelines from National History Day (PDF)
Annotated Bibliography Resources from National History Day
Civic Online Reasoning Resources to evaluate online information
Consider the Source New York Teaching with Historical Records

More Resources

NHD Virtual Playbook for virtual or hybrid learning environments
Links to short-form videos created by NHD for students
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
Consider using NoodleTools to help students organize their research and bibliography
Writing a Thesis Statement from New Mexico History Day (YouTube)
Preparing for National History Day from NEH-Edsitement
Women You Should Know from Remedial Herstory

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 victoria.hughes@vermonthistory.org

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