National History Day / Virginia History Day

Every year more than 500,000 middle and high school students participate in National History Day! Learn more about this exciting contest through the official Virginia History Day site.

The theme of the 2019 National History Day contest is Triumph & Tragedy in History. Students are encouraged to examine their topic’s influence on history and draw conclusions about the ways in which their topic had an impact on the course of events and on individuals, communities, nations, or the world.

Here are some project ideas and resources to help get you started. Be sure to look through more of our resources using the search and filter function above. Have fun researching!

Triumph and Tragedy in Jamestown and early Colonial Virginia
Powhatan’s Challenge and Opechancanough’s Action
What was the "Great Charter"?
The Angolan Connection and Slavery in Virginia
Discovering Jamestown
What happened to the Powhatan culture by the end of the 17th century?
The Virginia Company's Challenges
The Jamestown Chronicles
Werowocomoco
The Story of the Sea Venture
Triumph and Tragedy and the American Revolution
Yorktown Chronicles
James Lafayette
In the Name of Liberty
Slave Spy
Tea Overboard!
African Americans and the American Revolution
What was the Battle of Great Bridge?
How did the French Alliance help win American Independence?
How did the Allied victory at Yorktown win American Independence?
Content Type
Content Type
Essays
Lesson Plans
Interactives
Videos
Resources
Classroom Outreach
Group Tours & Programs
Making a Patriot Unit
Grade Level
Grade Level
Pre-K
Kindergarten
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11
Grade 12
Adult Learner
Historical Thinking Skill
Historical Thinking Skill
Using Information Sources
Applying geographic skills
Organizing information
Questioning & critical thinking skills
Comparing & contrasting
Determining cause-and-effect
Making Connections
Making economic decisions
Exercising civic responsibility
Demonstrating comprehension
Theme/Discipline
Theme/Discipline
Jamestown
American Indians
Civil Rights
American Revolution
Art
Notable Figures
Language Arts
African Americans
Legal
Enslavement
STEAM
Biographies
Military
Women
Religion
Culture
English
Indentured Servitude
Artillery
Economy
Food/Foodways
History Day
Natural Resources
People of the Revolution
Powhatan Indians
Ships/Maritime
Technology
Tobacco
Yorktown