How well your child does in history depends greatly upon how well she has mastered the content in the textbook. She must always learn the important terms that are in bold type in each chapter. These terms are usually defined in the glossary and are definitely the key to understanding the material. Your daughter also has to learn how to interact with the textbook rather than just reading it. One of the easiest ways to do this is to use SQ3R, a technique frequently taught in elementary and middle school.
Each letter in SQ3R stands for a separate step. The "S" tells your child to survey the material in an assignment by reading all the headings and subheadings. Then the "Q" tells her to write a question for each heading so she has a purpose for reading carefully. The first "R" stands for reading the material under a heading and finding the answer to her question. The next "R" involves reciting the answer aloud while the final "R" stands for reviewing the previous steps.