August 3, 2021

NHD 2021: Topic Selection, Research, Sources & More

Last Updated on February 1, 2021

The graphic above from the Chicago Metro History Fair (CMHF) is a great encapsulation of how to choose a topic for a history fair project. In addition, ask yourself the questions listed below.

  • Does the topic relate to the 2021 National History Day (NHD) theme Communication in History: The Key to Understanding?
  • Does the topic relate to local or state history?
  • Does the topic really interest you?
  • Do you have a personal connection to the topic? (It’s not necessary but it can be a good thing.)
  • Will you be able to find enough primary and secondary sources to thoroughly research the topic?
  • Why is this topic important?
  • What will people learn from your project?

Below we dig a bit deeper and uncover some strategies for selecting a topic for your history fair project.

Understanding NHD Projects

There is a new rule book for NHD 2021 so be sure to read it carefully!

Exploring the theme

Each year NHD chooses a particular theme that must be the focus of student projects. For 2021, the theme is Communication in History: The Key to Understanding. Before doing anything else, make sure you understand the theme.

Investigating & narrowing topic choices

Getting started on your project

Researching your topic

Selecting & using sources

Citing sources

Putting it all together

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