Alabama History Day for Teachers

Welcome, Alabama History Day educators!

Ready to bring some exciting project-based learning to your classroom through the History Day program? Let’s get started! National History Day has developed a supplementary theme graphic organizer. Access the organizer HERE.

Alabama History Day provides everything teachers need to bring students on an unforgettable learning adventure that integrates with and enhances standards-based curriculum. The program taps into intrinsic motivation by allowing students to self-select topics of interest and providing a variety of choices in presentation.


We’re here to help!

Our job is to facilitate the rewarding experience of participating in Alabama History Day. We have begun by creating a general walk-through for students that you, as a teacher, may find helpful as well! Below, we have provided some resources that we hope will be of use in your classrooms.

What are you waiting for? If you are new to the program and need assistance getting started, please get in touch: landerson@alabamahumanities.org. All comments, questions, and suggestions are welcomed as we work to identify best practices for supporting educators and students participating in Alabama History Day.

Instructional resources

The use of primary sources is foundational to every History Day project. The Library of Congress has created simple, user-friendly instructions for Using Primary Sources In The Classroom. Be sure to check out the variety of “Teacher’s Guides” customized for specific forms of media, as well as their student “Analysis Tool.”

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Colorado Department of Education collaborated with the Wisconsin Historical Society to identify connections and correlations between the Common Core State Standards and the National History Day Program.

Below, you can access a variety of assignments, handouts, research skills activities, tracking tools, and rubrics. They are provided as Word documents and can be edited to best fit your classroom needs.

National History Day Teacher Resources


AHD Teacher Orientation workshops

AHD Teacher Orientation workshops are an opportunity for Alabama educators to learn the intricacies of the NHD program. With the guidance of an Alabama NHD master teacher, NHD newcomers learn how to incorporate NHD into the classroom or extracurricular setting. Participating educators will receive the following:

• One-on-one mentorship with a seasoned National History Day Alabama teacher

• Presentations from historical and cultural institutions from across the state

• Resources to incorporate Alabama History Day into classroom lessons

• 3 – 4 hours of continuing education credits (CEUs)

• $75 stipend

If you are a teacher or school official and are interested in starting Alabama History Day at your school, consider requesting a teaching training workshop!

Bring History Day to your classroom!

Planning to get your students engaged in Alabama History Day/National History Day 2023? Looking for an overview and timeline for how to implement History Day as a project-learning tool in your classroom?

Download our History Day 2023 overview and see the (many!) additional resources below.

History Day 2023 overview

Teacher coaching for Alabama History Day

Debbie Hester is a former 6th grade reading and history teacher. She utilized History Day in her teaching each year, and developed an elective class centered around History Day. Now, she helps teachers statewide bring History Day to their classrooms!

Connect with Debbie

Teacher resources

Use these classroom and planning resources to get your students started in Alabama History Day and National History Day! This zip file includes a timeline for the year, process overview, topic starters, research guides, lesson plans, and much more!

Download History Day teacher resources!

Topic resources

Use these resources to help your History Day students pick a topic for their research based on this year's theme of "Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas."

Download History Day topic resources