Ready Instruction for High Expectations
Developed to meet the increased rigor of new state standards, collections of topically linked, complex texts—including more informational texts and literary nonfiction—drive instruction in critical analysis. Students practice writing to sources with tasks that require analysis, synthesis and evidence.
Your Digital Solution for Today and Tomorrow
Collections is a multi-modal solution designed to meet you where you are and take you into the future. It includes both print content for instruction and application today, as well as all the tools necessary for a transition to the future of digital learning.
Amplified Learning with Dynamic Digital
From a single dashboard, users navigate to a robust array of resources, including online annotation tools, the CODiE Award-winning myWriteSmart, Turnitin® originality checker, Interactive Lessons for Writing, Speaking & Listening, motivating Xplor eMagazines, and the HMH FYI site. To further enhance learning, Channel One News®, Text in Focus, Stream to Start™, and HISTORY®, A&E®, and bio® videos capture interest and illuminate content.
Developing Thinkers Through Artful Instruction
Collections provides you with the in-depth instruction needed for developing student abilities to analyze complex tests, determine and explain evidence, reason critically, and communicate sharply. Along with solid instruction, you have the critical modeling, scaffolding, guided practice, and independent practice in resources such as Close Read Screencasts, Student Edition integrated standards lessons, the Close Reader, stepped out performance tasks, Level Up Tutorials, and Performance Assessment.
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Experience Collections through an innovative, interactive overview! Watch Collections come alive with embedded interactive links. Sample videos, technology demonstrations, and more are just a click away!
Collections Responds to Instructional Shifts Inspired by Rigorous Standards
1. Building knowledge through content rich nonfiction and informational texts
- Each Collection balances types of complex texts, including rich literary nonfiction and informational texts.
- Current, topically related informational texts are provided on the updated FYI site—hmhfyi.com—curated by HMH® content experts.
2. Reading and writing grounded in evidence from the text
- Line numbers facilitate students’ citing of textual evidence.
- myNotebook and myWriteSmart allow students to gather and later recall text evidence as needed for completing performance tasks.
3. Regular practice with complex text and its academic vocabulary
- The Close Reader offers consistent and concrete practice with “chunked text” and routines of “Read, Re-Read, and Cite Evidence,” for students to internalize the approaches and then apply them independently.
- The HMH Close Reads app provides mobile practice with close reading of complex text, using annotation tools, and answering text-dependent questions.
Collections provides you and your students with a fully integrated program of print, digital, and online components and resources.
Providing direct instruction in close reading and text analysis of fiction, nonfiction, and informational texts, the Student Edition—streamlined in size and design—is available in print and digital.
Ensuring concrete practice in close reading and text analysis, the Close Reader—offered as print consumable and digital—includes additional selections related topically to Student Edition anchor texts.
Integrated Teacher’s Edition
Combining selections, plans, and instruction for the Student Edition plus the Close Reader, your print Teacher’s Edition is all-inclusive, while the digital edition provides seamless transition between the Online Edition, online resources, and source links—all designed for maximum teaching convenience.
Unique Digital Assets
To engage digital learners in reading, analyzing, writing, and evaluating texts and in sharpening communication, Collections digital offerings include media resources, text analysis tools, and Interactive Lessons in writing, speaking, and listening—all seamlessly integrated.
Comprised of six units, or Collections, the Student Edition includes a variety of complex texts: fiction, literary nonfiction, and a rich supply of informational text.
- Students engage in close reading and critical analysis of text.
- Students focus on text-dependent questions requiring textual evidence.
- Performance Tasks for each selection and collection monitor progress and prepare students for performance-based assessments.
Providing concrete practice in close reading and text analysis, the Close Reader, offered as print consumable and digital, includes additional selections related topically to Student Edition anchor texts:
- Includes “chunked text” and scaffolding that helps students apply and practice close reading protocols
- Develops analysis skills by requiring students to read/reread, annotate the text, and cite evidence to support inferences and conclusions
- Strengthens abilities for synthesizing ideas and using appropriate evidence by having students write to a Short Response prompt after each selection
Integrated Teacher's Edition
For teaching convenience, the Integrated Teacher’s Edition integrates the selections from the Close Reader into the Student Edition pages for each Collection and includes point-of-use teaching support.
For maximum convenience, the Online Teacher Edition includes all features of the print edition and the ability to move quickly from the teacher dashboard to any text, lesson, resource, and media in Collections.
Unique Digital Assets
A rich array of digital and media resources engage all learners and help English learners and striving readers meet the high expectations of new state standards.
- Stream to Start™ videos capture student interest and build background.
- Interactive Lessons develop writing, speaking, and listening skills.
- Text in Focus videos and Close Read Screencasts increase understanding of challenging text.
- Annotation tools advance students’ close reading and citing of evidence.
- Xplor eMagazines get students reading with leveled, high-interest selections.
- The FYI site and Channel One News® videos reflect today’s headlines and enrich studies.
- myWriteSmart and myNotebook encourage collaboration for writing, revising, editing, and completing performance tasks.
- Turnitin® enhances writing feedback with originality checking and evaluation tools.
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Introducing the consultants for this program!
Kylene Beers - Program Consultant
Nationally known lecturer and author on reading and literacy; 2011 recipient of the Conference on English Leadership Exemplary Leader Award; coauthor of Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading; former president of the National Council of Teachers of English. Dr. Beers is the nationally known author of When Kids Can’t Read: What Teachers Can Do and coeditor of Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise into Practice, as well as articles in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. Former editor of Voices from the Middle, she is the 2001 recipient of NCTE’s Richard W. Halley Award, given for outstanding contributions to middle school literacy. She recently served as Senior Reading Researcher at the Comer School Development Program at Yale University as well as Senior Reading Advisor to Secondary Schools for the Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College.
Martha Hougen - Program Consultant
National consultant, presenter, researcher, and author. Areas of expertise include differentiating instruction for students with learning difficulties, including those with learning disabilities and dyslexia; and teacher and leader preparation improvement. Dr. Hougen has taught at the middle school through graduate levels. Recently her focus has been on working with teacher educators to enhance teacher and leader preparation to better meet the needs of all students. Currently she is working with the University of Florida at the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform Center (CEEDAR Center) to improve the achievement of students with disabilities by reforming teacher and leader licensure, evaluation, and preparation. She has led similar efforts in Texas with the Higher Education Collaborative and the College & Career Readiness Initiative Faculty Collaboratives. In addition to peer-reviewed articles, curricular documents, and presentations, Dr. Hougen has published two college textbooks: The Fundamentals of Literacy Assessment and Instruction Pre-K–6 (2012) and The Fundamentals of Literacy Assessment and Instruction 6–12 (2014).
Carol Jago - Program Consultant
Teacher of English with 32 years of experience at Santa Monica High School in California; author and nationally known lecturer; and former president of the National Council of Teachers of English; currently serves as Associate Director of the California Reading and Literature Project at UCLA. With expertise in standards assessment and secondary education, Ms. Jago is the author of numerous books on education, including With Rigor for All and Papers, Papers, Papers, and is active with the California Association of Teachers of English, editing its scholarly journal California English since 1996. Ms. Jago also served on the planning committee for the 2009 NAEP Framework and the 2011 NAEP Writing Framework.
William L. McBride - Curriculum Specialist
Dr. McBride is a nationally known speaker, educator, and author who now trains teachers in instructional methodologies. He is coauthor of What’s Happening?, an innovative, high-interest text for middle-grade readers, and author of If They Can Argue Well, They Can Write Well. A former reading specialist, English teacher, and social studies teacher, he holds a master’s degree in reading and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. McBride has contributed to the development of textbook series in language arts, social studies, science, and vocabulary. He is also known for his novel Entertaining an Elephant, which tells the story of a veteran teacher who becomes reinspired with both his profession and his life.
Erik Palmer - Program Consultant
Veteran teacher and education consultant based in Denver, Colorado. Author of Well Spoken: Teaching Speaking to All Students and Digitally Speaking: How to Improve Student Presentations. His areas of focus include improving oral communication, promoting technology in classroom presentations, and updating instruction through the use of digital tools. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Colorado.
Lydia Stack - Program Consultant
Internationally known teacher educator and author. She is involved in a Stanford University project to support English Language Learners, Understanding Language. The goal of this project is to enrich academic content and language instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs) in Grades K–12 by making explicit the language and literacy skills necessary to meet the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards. Her teaching experience includes twenty-five years as an elementary and high school ESL teacher, and she is a past president of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Her awards include the TESOL James E. Alatis Award and the San Francisco STAR Teacher Award. Her publications include On Our Way to English®, Visions: Language, Literature, Content, and American Themes, a literature anthology for high school students in the ACCESS program of the U.S. State Department’s Office of English Language Programs.
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Meeting High Expectations
Watch and listen as the creators of Collections answer two important questions related to the program’s development for meeting high expectations.
- How were the selections chosen for Collections?
- What resources in Collections will teachers appreciate for meeting rigorous state standards?
To help you identify strengths and gaps, measure students’ standards mastery, and prepare them for success on new assessment models, Collections provides you with a suite of targeted assessment tools.
- Test of Silent Contextual Reading Fluency (TOSCRF2) from PRO-ED to identify reading deficiencies that may hinder fluency and comprehension
Ongoing Standards Assessment:
- Performance Tasks for every selection and Collection for assessing reading, writing, speaking/listening, and research skills
- Collection and selection tests for monitoring progress
- ExamView® for customizing program assessments
- Continuum Assessments™ Adaptive Benchmark Tests ensure confidence with a valid test showing students’ progress against standards
- Provides a mix of multiple-choice, technology-enhanced, and open-ended item types
Performance-Based Test Preparation:
- Performance Assessment component for complete instruction in a three-part approach: Analyze the Model, Practice the Task, and Perform the Task plus sources, models, and built-in scaffolds to support student independence on performance tasks
- Close Reads App to prepare students for close reading and text analysis across all genres
- Verbal Review for Standardized Tests (Grades 11–12) for practice with grammar, writing, and verbal skills for standardized tests
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Correlation guides indicate where—and in many cases how—the Common Core State Standards are addressed in the program. Download a PDF to see specifics at a particular level.
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Collections Program Introduction
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