Creating an Entry
Now that you understand the rules and the theme for National History Day, and have chosen your historical topic, it is time to choose how you want to present your work. But what are the categories? And how are they different? Here is a helpful "quick look" at each category and how to begin. For more details, check out the Making History Series books, available at the NHD SHOP.
CategoriesNHD Rule Book!
You may also find the Category Rule Verification Sheets helpful. These check-off sheets will guide you as you review your entry to make sure you have followed NHD rules for your chosen category.
The NHD Evaluation Forms will also help you review your entry.
A process paper is a description of no more than 500 words explaining how you conducted your research and created and developed your entry. You must conclude your description with an explanation of the relationship of your topic to the contest theme.
Sample process papers:Martin Luther and the Reformation
Dr. Spock: Turning the Road in Parenting
Michigan: A State Divided No More