Welcome to Eastwood’s Home for the National History Day (NHD) contest season!   

2018 Theme: Conflict and Compromise in History

        Every year National History Day frames students’ research within a historical theme. The theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national or state history and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past  This year’s theme, Conflict & Compromise in History, requires you to view history through multiple perspectives. Compromise can sometimes prevent a conflict, but what happens when it does not?  If a conflict occurs, how can compromise help to end the conflict?  What happens if a failed compromise leads to an even larger conflict

        Throughout this academic year, you will need to ask yourself questions that lead you down the path of discovery of not just what occurred, but how it occurred and, most important, why it happened and what the consequences were.  As you set out to research your topic, you will discover the basic facts first, but then you will need to look deeper. You will go on to examine the factors that contributed to the development of your event, its influence on history, and the effect it had on the community, society, nation, and the world.

       No matter which topic you decide to research, be sure to place it within its historical context.  Examine the significance of your topic in history and show development over time. Begin by reading secondary sources, and then move on to seek out available primary sources.  Using your research skills, you should be able to clearly explain the relationship of your topic to the theme, Conflict & Compromise in History.  Based on that understanding, you can develop quality papers, performances, exhibits, websites, and documentaries for National History Day.  (2018 Theme Book, p.7-9)

Note: Topics can focus on just conflict,  just compromise, or both. If projects cover both, the project do not need to talk about both in equal measure. If the topic involves both, the project has to mention both.  For example, if a project is about the Treaty of Versailles as a compromise, the project has to mention that it was a result of the conflict surrounding WWI.

NHD Parent Letter 2018


Table of Contents

Eastwood's Timeline of Due Dates and Expectations 

I.  Choosing a Topic and a Category

II.  Research & Popular Researching Resources

III.  Creating Your NHD Project

IV.  How to Construct your Process Paper 
Additional NHD Resources


Eastwood's Timeline of Due Dates and Expectations

Required with All NHD Entries:

  1. Official Project Entry (Exhibit, Website, Documentary, Paper, Performance)
  2. Written Report: (Includes a Title Page, Process Paper, & Annotated Bibliography)
    • Title Page: Title of Project, Names, Junior Division, Category, Process Paper Word Count
    • Process Paper: A description of why you chose your topic and how your project was developed
    • Annotated Bibliography: An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.

A Rough Draft of the Process Paper is due Monday, January 22  

Final NHD Projects and Process Papers are due for the Eastwood NHD Showcase on Monday, February 5

~ The Eastwood NHD School Fair will be held on February 7/8 ~

Official NHD Rule Book


I.  Choosing a Topic and a Category

Choose a topic that fits the theme.

Choose the type of Category you will use to explore your topic:

All Category Infographics

II. Researching

Record your factual informationDocument your journey for your Process Paper

III.  Creating Your NHD Project

See project examples for each type of Category: Individual Category Infographics

Do I have everything I need?  

Be Sure to Check Rules Verification Checklist and Evaluation Form for your Category!

See examples from years past


IV.  How to Construct your Process Paper   

Rough Draft Expectations and Requirements (by Category)

A Rough Draft of the Process Paper is due Monday, January 22  

Final NHD Projects and Process Papers are due for the Eastwood NHD Showcase on Monday, February 5


Highlighting the NHD State Contest 2017!

Saturday, May 6th, 19 Eastwood Middle School students participated in the statewide National History Day competition at Ivy Tech.  These students begun their journey last fall, as did over 5000 students in Indiana at the school level and advanced to the Indiana Regional competition in March. The students’ projects were selected to represent the Indianapolis district at the State competition.  At each level students present their projects to a panel of judges. 

Seven students received a medal and have been invited to participate in the national competition this June in College Park, Maryland:  Danae Ingemi, Emma Vermillion, Sarah Fencl, Alexandra Lewis, Katy Roscetti, Zoe Larrimer, and Emma Gage.


Additional Resources

All information and resources for the National History Day 2016 Contest can be found at www.NHD.org   

Optional: At home with your family’s guidance, using Pinterest for ideas in the development of your projects – for all categories – can be a powerful!  In addition, check out the resources on the NHD YouTube channel.

Web Resource: Thesis Creator




National History Day – YouTube Channel


NHD Indiana Introduction Presentation to Students for 2016 Contest Season




Individuals & Societies (IAS) Teachers:

Grade 8

Grade 7

Grade 6

Mrs. April Tuason

IAS Department Chair

259-5401  ext. 21208


Mr. David Elian

259-5401  ext. 21013


Mr. Doug Vinton


259-5401  ext. 21116


Mr. Kevin Jones

259-5401  ext. 21202


Ms. Helen Howard

259-5401  ext. 21013


Mr. Andy Stoffregen

259-5401  ext. 21119