WHS History and Social Studies Department




National History Day March 2016

 Hayley Levin, an Honors World History student in Ms. Kurata's class, placed 3rd in the NHD District level competition on March 5th. She qualified to compete in the Massachusetts State Competition on April 9th. National History Day is a national competition in history for secondary school students. Winners go on to win prizes at the national competition in Washington DC in June. This year's theme is Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. Hayley's project is in the senior individual websites category, and her project title is

"The Exploration of Spying and Codebreaking by the Allied Forces during

World War II." http://91367156.nhd.weebly.com/?


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 is Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. The intentional selection of the theme for NHD is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.

The NHD theme provides a focused way to increase students’ historical understanding by developing a lens to read history, an organizational structure that helps students place information in the correct context and finally, the ability to see connections over time.


Spring 2008 National History Day
The history/social studies curriculum goals are to help students acquire the knowledge, judgment, and skills to participate intelligently and responsibly in civic life and to continue to learn for themselves. Essential skills of reading and writing expository materials, using library resources and technology, reading maps, interpreting documents and data, preparing research papers, and participating in discussions are taught and reinforced in all courses, grades 9-12.

All courses have a required summer reading component. Students are assigned one to three titles to be read by September and are responsible for obtaining reading lists when they select their courses. An assessment of the students‘ understanding of the books is done in the fall.


For foreign exchange and travel opportunities, visit the Global Connections page. 


Click here to be redirected to the History faculty resource pages 

Click here to be directed to the District Curriculum and Instruction page.

Dr. Kerry Dunne, Department Head







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