Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and History

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt & HISTORY®

Social Studies Curriculum | Grades 6–12

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    HMH & HISTORY® Programs

    By delivering compelling content enriched with streaming video, online games, and interactive features, we’re connecting students to history through virtual experiences that are energizing, inspiring, and memorable.

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    Co-developed Resources

    Together, we’re helping students discover what it means to be a part of history.

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    Current Events

    Students stay up-to-date with the latest social studies news.

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    • Interactive Brochures

      Experience the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Social Studies programs through an innovative Interactive Brochure! Watch social studies come alive with embedded interactive links. Sample videos, technology demonstrations, and more are just a click away!

      Now available for middle school at hmhco.com/SS-MSOverview or high school at hmhco.com/SS-HSOverview

    • Keeping It Current

      This Month in History: February

      This Month in History from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt™, HISTORY®, and Channel One News® provides free, high-quality content each month that teachers can use in their classroom. Subscribe today and be the first to access engaging videos, resources, and current events for your students.

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      Classroom Resources for February

      • Free Classroom Resources from Channel One News and Our Partner HISTORY
      • Black History Month
      • Presidents’ Day
      • HMH® Election Connection and Channel One One Vote
      • Current Events

      Black History Month

      As we observe Black History Month throughout February, one name you may hear often mentioned is that of Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Doctor Woodson is considered to be the Father of African American History, not only for his creation of an annual African American History observation, but also for his efforts to make the study of African American history in America a serious academic field.

      Carter Woodson was born in Virginia in 1875, a decade after the end of the Civil War. As a young man he worked in a coal mine and was unable to attend high school until he was 20 years old. But after taking college courses while he worked, Woodson ended up going to the prestigious University of Chicago and eventually to Harvard University, where he got his doctorate.

      After getting his degree from Harvard, Woodson found that there was no serious research of African American culture and history. As a result, in 1915 he founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History). Woodson went on to write such college textbooks as The Negro in Our History and The Education of the Negro Prior to 1861.

      As part of his efforts to raise awareness of African Americans’ contributions to American history, Carter Woodson came up with the idea of having a Negro History Week every year in February. It is this tradition that eventually became today’s Black History Month.

      The election in 2008 of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States will be, for many, the most significant event of African American history in their lifetime. Obama’s successful campaign for the Democratic Party’s nomination, followed by his convincing victory over his Republican opponent, John McCain, only set the stage for his opportunity to govern the nation. The launching of the first U.S. administration headed by an African American is cause for looking forward. But the past remains hugely significant, as Obama said in his Inaugural Address on January 20, 2009:

      Our challenges may be new, the instruments with which we meet them may be new, but those values upon which our success depends, honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism—these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths.

      President Obama also called on Americans to “choose our better history” –but in order to so choose, we must know that history, or learn that history. Black History Month is an opportunity to grow in our knowledge of American history and of the special contributions that African Americans have made. The following links provide numerous jumping-off points for exploration.

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      • Black History Month: HISTORY

        HISTORY maintains this site dedicated to Black History Month. Contains photos, videos, and maps.

      • BHM: The Official Guide to Black History Month

        Learn how–and when–Black History Month is observed in the United Kingdom.

      • Celebrating Our Black History

        Explore this interactive site to learn more about prominent African Americans in U.S. history and see video segments featuring African American leaders of today. From Bio®.

      • We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement

        This National Park Service (NPS) travel itinerary lists 49 places associated with the modern civil rights movement, including the Selma-to-Montgomery March route.

      • Our Shared History: African American Heritage

        This NPS website links to other sites related to African American heritage, highlighting what archeologists can tell us about past African American life ways and including stories as told by museum curators’ and other preservation specialists’ real-life exhibits and public programs.

      • The HistoryMakers

        The HistoryMakers, a nonprofit educational institution, preserves and provides easy access to an internationally recognized archive of African American video oral histories.

      • National Museum of African Art

        Learn about Africa's rich heritage as the cradle of humanity through exhibitions at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.

      Presidents’ Day

      Presidents’ Day is a national holiday that honors George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. The holiday began as a celebration of Washington alone, and was celebrated on his birthday–February 22–from the 1880s until 1971. While it was never a federal holiday, many states celebrated Lincoln’s birthday as well, on February 12. In 1971, the holiday was moved to the third Monday of February to give workers a three-day weekend, and since then, the two presidents’ birthdays have been celebrated on the same day. Officially, though, the holiday is still known as Washington’s Birthday.

      Parades are held in some communities to celebrate the holiday. Some people see the day as a reason to learn about the presidents. But Presidents’ Day is also well known as a day when many businesses hold sales. In fact, it is partially through the advertising of three-day weekend sales that the holiday became known as Presidents’ Day.

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      Free Classroom Resources from Channel One News

      Along with its daily news show designed for young people, Channel One News includes associated curriculum, a vast video library of prior news segments and other resources to engage students. Prepare your students for Presidents’ Day with these resources:

      HMH Election Connection

      Inspire students to become active and informed citizens with HMH Election Connection. HMH Election Connection brings teachers and students a comprehensive, one-stop information hub that provides current, balanced coverage of the 2016 Presidential Election with responsible content appropriate for Grades 6–12. Engage students with innovative digital resources including Channel One’s One Vote mock election, HISTORY videos, Center for Civic Education resources, historic election coverage, student engagement activities, and skill development opportunities. Click here to access HMH Election Connection.

      HMH In the News and Current Events

      Hmhinthenews.com is a great resource for elementary classrooms, with fun articles about what’s going on in the news! This website delivers age-appropriate current events stories about people, communities, the United States and the world every month. Come back often for new stories, spotlight features, and polls.

      Hmhcurrentevents.com enriches your secondary classroom with subject-specific information from world history, world geography, American history, economics, psychology, sociology, civics, government, and African American history. It also spotlights today’s headlines with blogs, quizzes, activities, and web links.

    • Product Demos

      Watch the below videos to discover how HMH Social Studies programs engage students and prepare them for success.

    • Common Core

      With today’s emphasis on Common Core State Standards, it is more important than ever to have a social studies program that meets the rigor these standards demand. Holt McDougal Social Studies exposes students to the skills and understandings necessary for college and career readiness and helps them become literate, in all its forms, in the twenty-first century.

      The Grades 6–12 strand in Social Sciences promotes an interdisciplinary approach to literacy by:

      • Including primary source analysis and Common Core informational text   reading
      • Incorporating literature and historical fiction selections
      • Utilizing higher-order thinking skills of text evidence, determining point of view, distinguishing fact from opinion, and more

      College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards

      Reading in History/Social Sciences

      Key Ideas and Details

      Using key skills like analyzing, evaluating, determining main idea from supporting detail, and drawing conclusions, students will actively look for text evidence in support of learning objectives. Complete skill lessons teach these explicitly, and ample assessment opportunities allow for demonstration of knowledge.

      Craft and Structure

      Holt McDougal teaches students how to read social studies-based informational text with particular guidance and practice on understanding historical readings, developing historical perspective, and formulating historical questions. This focus allows students to understand and compare points of view, determine bias, and recognize propaganda as they interpret a variety of primary sources.

      Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

      Holt McDougal Social Studies offers students continuous opportunities to access a variety of sources—print, audio, visual, interactive media, and video—and in turn to analyze and assess them in 21st-century applications. Students can demonstrate their understanding through projects, proposals, presentations, and more.

      Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

      Holt McDougal Social Studies offers students a wealth of text genres in the Student Editions, related support material both in print and online, and related small volumes focusing on primary source collections, historical readings, literary collections, and historical literature.

      Writing History/Social Sciences

      Text Types and Purposes

      Holt McDougal Social Studies is committed to the student writing process with skills and lessons to support them every step of the way with ample and varied writing can be found in formative assessment, informal assessment, formal assessment, and portfolio opportunities.

      Production and Distribution of Writing

      Whether in print or online, Holt McDougal Social Studies offers a variety of writing opportunities and platforms for students to research and publish their writing.

      Research to Build and Present Knowledge

      Holt McDougal Social Studies teaches students how to analyze bias, determine point of view, and recognize propaganda, along with interpret print, visual, and Internet source material. The depth and variety of skills culminates in students critically reading and responding to text and supporting their written argument with critical analysis and text evidence.

      Range of Writing

      Holt McDougal Social Studies offers a variety of writing projects—both short term and long term—to support the different needs of today’s classrooms and schedules. Students demonstrate their knowledge for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

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    • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework

      C3 Framework Whitepaper

      Research shows us that fewer and fewer students are receiving a high quality social studies education, despite the central role of social studies in preparing them for the responsibilities of citizenship.

      The new College, Career, and Civic Life Framework for Social Studies State Standards was developed with this in mind, and changes the focus of how social studies is taught in the classroom.

      The result of a three year state-led collaborative effort, the C3 Framework has been developed to enhance the rigor of the social studies disciplines, while building the critical thinking, problem solving, and participatory skills necessary for students to become engaged citizens. The C3 Framework also serves to align academic programs to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies.

      To find out more information about what the C3 Framework means for you in your classroom, download a free whitepaper that describes why the C3 Framework is necessary, what the guiding principles are, and how it is organized to engage students in active inquiry.

      C3 Framework Whitepaper (449 KB)

      For more information, or to download a complete copy of the C3 Framework, visit www.socialstudies.org/c3

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    • iBooks Textbooks

      An Interactive Journey Through History

      iBooks Textbooks are now available!

      These Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Social Studies iBooks® Textbooks feature:

      • Embedded HISTORY® chapter videos with dozens more available via streaming
      • Image galleries
      • Multimedia including interactive features and time lines, audio summaries, 3-D graphics, and interactive maps
      • Text highlighting, note-taking, and bookmarking
      • Interactive section quizzes
      • Built-in search for any word or phrase

      Download free samples or purchase full iBooks Textbooks on iBooks now!

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      The Americans

      The Americans explores the story of United States history through the people who experienced it firsthand.

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      Holt McDougal World History: Patterns of Interaction

      Holt McDougal World History: Patterns of Interaction weaves primary source content into a highly visual design to help students recognize key themes, concepts, and turning points in history.

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      iPad Geography

      Geography helps students relate distant places and cultures to their own lives. Each unit addresses physical geography, human geography, and major issues of a specific region of the world.

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      United States Government: Principles in Practice

      The subject of government can be challenging, yet comprehension is crucial in order to successfully participate in the democratic process. That’s why Holt McDougal designed an innovative program that actively involves students in the learning process.
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    • Products

      Middle School Programs

      World History

      World History Middle School

      World History © 2012 utilizes standards-based content and research-based reading instruction to teach middle grades world history. It creates a richer understanding of the mysteries of the past and their impact today with vivid, instructional visuals and high-interest scenarios. The program ensures success for all learners and addresses standards by integrating the content and skills necessary to meet them.

      World Geography / World Regions

      World Geography Middle School

      World Geography and World Regions © 2012 provides a clean, navigable design and is accentuated by an art program that is both engaging and instructional. This strong skills program ensures that middle school students learn the Essential Elements and Themes of World Geography. The program is available in six modular or three single volume options providing teachers with a flexible, manageable program that can be customized to match curriculum.

      United States History

      United States History Middle School

      United States History © 2012 is a middle grades United States history program that utilizes standards-based content and research-based reading instruction to teach United States history. It provides the tools to create a richer understanding of America's past and its impact today. The program ensures success for all learners and addresses state standards by integrating the content and skills necessary to meet them. The program motivates students with lively features rich in the relevance of United States history. Social Studies skills, such as map reading, research, geography, and civic participation are integrated throughout the program.

      High School Programs

      The Americans

      The Americans High School

      The Americans © 2012 is a highly integrated program that provides teachers with a practical and motivational approach to teaching U.S. history and to helping students think critically and reflectively. The Americans explores the story of U.S. history, weaving the reflections of people who experienced history firsthand throughout the narrative. Thought-provoking lessons make history human and relevant to students' everyday lives, helping them to realize the richness of our nation's history.

      The Americans is now available as an iBooks® textbook.

      World History: Patterns of Interaction

      World History High School

      World History: Patterns of Interaction © 2012 is a highly integrated program that provides teachers with a practical and motivational approach to teaching world history and to helping students think critically and reflectively. World History: Patterns of Interaction combines a highly visual approach with primary sources to help all students understand world history and make global connections. It emphasizes the big picture by connecting key concepts, themes, and patterns of interaction found throughout history.

      World History: Patterns of Interaction is now available as an iBooks textbook.


      Houghton Mifflin Harcourt History - Geography

      Geography © 2012 uses an engaging visual manner that captures students' attention and challenges them to make geographic comparisons and connections. It motivates students to explore current geographic issues to show the relevance of geography to current events. It is clearly organized between physical geography, human geography, and today’s issues (current events). It balances a big picture approach to world regions with attention to individual countries where appropriate.

      Geography is now available as an iBooks textbook.

      United States Government

      United States Government High School

      Designed to balance the need to cover key, standards-based government topics and motivate students to learn, United States Government: Principles in Practice provides an innovative program that actively involves students in the learning process. The program provides content relevant to their everyday lives. Print and electronic materials engage all types of learners, while a well-structured narrative ensures that students will understand and apply principles of government. Collaborative hands-on activities, interactive simulations, and high interest debate topics based on real-world case studies build problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication skills. Making our political system meaningful to all students, United States Government: Principles in Practice encourages responsible participation.

      United States Government is now available as an iBooks textbook.

      Product Resources

      Streaming Digital Media Library

      Streaming Digital Media

      Designed for Grades 4–12, the Streaming Digital Media Library contains thousands of captivating and searchable multimedia resources from a source you trust—HISTORY®, a part of A+E Networks™. Continually updated with the new HISTORY media such as World War II in HD and AMERICA The Story of Us, teachers and students can seamlessly bring any social studies course to life with the click of a button.

      Streaming Digital Media Library 14-Day Preview

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    National History Bee

    National History Bee

    Elementary and middle school student test their knowledge of a variety of historical topics for a chance to participate in the National Finals.

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    National History Bowl

    National History Bowl

    This team-based history competition allows students to work together with their classmates to compete against teams from other schools for a chance to participate in the National Championship.

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    International History Olympiad

    International History Olympiad

    This tournament is designed to bring the top history students from around the world together for various competitions with a history-based theme, and a chance to meet students with similar interests and talents from around the world.

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    United States Geography Olympiad

    The United States Geography Olympiad is a competition for the best geography students, ages 16 to 19, from all over the world. Students who represent their countries are chosen from thousands who participate enthusiastically in their own National Geography Olympiads.

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    Citizenship Counts

    Citizenship Counts

    Citizenship Counts® is dedicated to inspiring today’s youth by engaging them in a civic education program that teaches them to appreciate the value and responsibilities of citizenship.

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    • National History Bee
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      The National History Bee for Middle School, created by the National History Bee and Bowl (NHBB), is an academic quiz tournament that promotes history education in a fun and exciting way. In this fast-paced competition, students race to demonstrate their knowledge of history from a wide array of eras and disciplines. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt sponsors the Grand Prize scholarship.

      Learn More and Register

      Benji Chiu, Portland, OR

      David Madden & Benji Chiu 2015 History Bee Winner

      2015 High School Results

      Bruce Lou, Saratoga, CA
      High School Varsity Division Champion

      Alex Schmidt, Bethlehem, PA
      High School Junior Varsity Division Champion

      2015 Middle School Results

      Benji Chiu, Portland, OR
      Middle School Champion

      2015 Elementary Results

      Enzo Cunanan, Winter Park, FL
      Elementary School Champion

      2014 Middle School Results

      Alexander Schmidt, Allentown, PA
      Middle School Champion

      Siddharth Kamannavar, Santa Clara, CA
      Elementary School Champion

      T.H. Rogers, Houston TX
      Team Bowl Champion

      Jonathan Leidenheimer, Varsity Champion History Bee

      2014 High School Results

      Jonathan Leidenheimer, Falls Church, VA
      Varsity Champion

      Jonathan Leidenheimer, Varsity Champion with David Madden, Executive Director of the National History Bowl and Melissa Hill from HMH.

      Daniel Yan, JR Varsity Champion History Bee

      Daniel Yan, Farragut, TN
      Junior Varsity Champion

      Daniel Yan, Junior Varsity Champion with David Madden, Executive Director of the National History Bowl and Melissa Hill from HMH.

      2013 Results

      Junior Varsity Champion

      In the 2012–2013 school year, thousands of students in Grades 6–8 from across the U.S. competed in the annual National History Bee Competition. The top scorers, one from each of 32 regions qualified for a two-day National Championship held in Washington, D.C.

      Sameer Rai - National History Bee Junior Varsity Champion

      "The 2013 National History Bee and Bowl was a phenomenal tournament in my opinion, and was definitely my personal favorite among the various quiz bowl competitions I have attended throughout high school. In addition to the incredible staff, question writers, competitors, coaches and leadership of Mr. Madden, generous sponsors like Houghton Mifflin Harcourt truly made this tournament an unparalleled experience. Houghton Mifflin’s monetary commitment to this tournament has allowed me to cover travel expenses and attend other quiz bowl tournaments, for which I am unequivocally grateful. Furthermore, the various book prizes that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has provided over the years have not only further exemplified their unwavering desire to promote education, but have also been exceptionally helpful to me personally within the tournament itself. For instance, the question in the National History Bowl Finals that clinched the game in my favor was on the Pequot War, which I was able to correctly answer solely because of the presence of a thorough examination of the conflict in a book prize that the company provided last year, Indian Wars, which is also a marvelous read and one of my favorite books. Overall, I would like to sincerely extend my thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for their strong support of the National History Bee and Bowl and dedication to promoting history as a subject in its entirety. I hope that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt continues its involvement in the tournament in the future and further bring prosperity to this already excellent competition."

      -Sameer Rai

      National History Bee Junior Varsity Champion
      Sameer Rai
      Bellarmine College Prep
      San Jose, CA

      Varsity Champion

      National History Bee Champion
      Alex Frey
      St. Joseph High School
      Metuchen, NJ

    • National History Bowl

      National History Bowl

      Founded in 2010, The National History Bowl is a history competition for teams of secondary students throughout the United States. In this fast-paced competition, middle school and high school teams answer questions and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of history. State and Regional History Bowls lead up to the National History Bowl championship. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt sponsors prizes awarded to the top teams and individuals.

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      National History Bowl

      Congratulations to the 2015 Varsity & Junior Varsity National Champions!

      Saratoga High School
      Saratoga, CA
      (High School Varsity Division)

      Hunter College High School
      New York City, NY
      (High School Junior Varsity Division)

      Advanced Math & Science Academy
      Marlborough, MA
      (High School Varsity Small School Division)

      Hewlett High School
      Hewlett, NY
      (High School Junior Varsity Small School Division)

      National History Bee

      Congratulations to the 2015 Middle School National Champions!

      Longfellow Middle School
      Falls Church, VA
      (Middle School Division)

      Westview High School JV Champions

      Congratulations to the 2014 National Champions!

      Liberal Arts and Sciences Academy
      (High School Varsity – Austin, TX)

      Westview High School
      (High School Junior Varsity – Portland, OR)

      Beachwood High School
      (Varsity Small School – Beachwood, OH)

      Advanced Math and Science Academy
      (Junior Varsity Small School – Marlborough, MA)

      Members of the Westview High School JV Champions Jonathan Tran, Priyansh Sharma, Shouvik Deb, Nishit Mishra with Melissa Hill from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and David Madden, Executive Director of the National History Bowl.

      The Opening of the 2014 National History Bowl with Founder and Executive Director David Madden. Then David Madden presents the Volunteer Service Award to Edward Goralski.

      2014 National History Bowl with Founder and Executive Director David Madden David Madden presents the Volunteer Service Award to Edward Goralski

      2013 National Champions

      Junior Varsity Champion

      Northmont High School - National History Bowl Junior Varsity Champion

      "Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's sponsorship of the National History Bee and Bowl is a fantastic investment that provides opportunities for thousands of students across the country. Our team has participated in History Bee and Bowl events since the inaugural season and have been fortunate enough to win back-to-back National Titles. My students and I appreciate all the opportunities that we have been provided, none of which would have been possible without this generous sponsorship."

      "As the reigning Junior Varsity National Champions in the National History Bowl, my students worked hard all year to try and defend their title in 2013. After a series of tough matches over the weekend, we were able to emerge with a second national title. I want to thank the National History Bee and Bowl for providing this fantastic opportunity to not only my students, but to the thousands of students who competed in regional, state and national events around the world. None of this would have been possible without the generous sponsorship of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, to whom we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude. We look forward to competing in National History Bee and Bowl events in the future!"

      National History Bowl Junior Varsity Champion
      Northmont High School
      Clayton, OH

      Team members: Sam Blizzard- Captain
      Tori Amos
      Robbie Spilker
      Rachel Tracy
      David Jones- Coach

      Varsity Champion

      National History Bowl Champion
      Hunter College High School
      New York, NY

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    • International History Olympiad
      International History Olympiad

      Organized by The International History Bee and Bowl (IHBB), the International History Olympiad brings together top history students from around the world for a week-long celebration of history with various competitions, field trips, seminars, and social events. The event includes Quiz Bowl competitions covering a variety of topics offering opportunities to attendees with different interests and strengths including:

      • Ancient History
      • Art History
      • Classical Music History
      • Historical Geography
      • History of Science and Technology
      • International History Bee
      • International History Bowl
      • Military History
      • Recent History
      • Rock and Roll
      • Scramble
      • Sports History

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      2015 Inaugural International History Olympiad

      The first annual International History Olympiad was held at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia on July 9–15, 2015. Sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, this inaugural event included middle school and high school history students representing 13 countries. HMH is pleased to congratulate the winners of the 2015 International History Olympiad.

      International History Olympiad Winners

      2015 International History Olympiad Winners

      Congratulations to the 2015 International History Olympiad Winner Bruce Lou.

      Bruce Lou—Overall Olympiad Champion

      • Varsity National History Bee Champion
      • Varsity National Bowl Champion
      • US History Bee Champion
      • Varsity International History Bee and Bowl World Champion

      2015 Varsity, Junior Varsity and Middle School Results

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    • United States Geography Olympiad

      United States Geography Olympiad

      The US Geography Olympiad is the official qualifying competition for US students for the International Geography Olympiad. The United States Geography Olympiad was founded in the summer of 2012 as a new, nationwide competition to test the geography skills of American students and to help foster geography education throughout the United States. The competition aims to reward students who have devoted themselves to studying their world, and its countries and peoples, as a thorough knowledge of geography is essential to being an educated citizen today. Click HERE for registration information.

      2015 Varsity & Junior Varsity National Championships Results

      Congratulations to:

      Kevin Li of Westview High School in San Diego, CA

      2015 Varsity US Geography Olympiad National Champion

      Karan Menon of John Adams Middle School in Edison, NJ

      2015 Junior Varsity US Geography Olympiad National Champion

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    • Citizenship Counts
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      Civic education has never been more vital in helping students understand the rights and responsibilities that come with being a United States citizen.

      Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is committed to supporting teachers by providing rich educational materials designed to engage students in the principles of government and to prepare them for active, involved citizenship.

      About Citizenship Counts

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      Citizenship Counts® is a national, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to educate today’s youth on the tenets of citizenship, encourage them to appreciate their rights and responsibilities as Americans, and give them an opportunity to celebrate their citizenship by engaging in a naturalization ceremony or participating in a service-learning project.

      The Vision of Gerda Weissmann Klein

      Citizenship Counts was founded by author, humanitarian, and proud naturalized citizen, Gerda Weissmann Klein. She immigrated to the United States of America in 1946 and became a U.S. citizen in 1948. She treasures her citizenship and the opportunities this country has given her. As a Holocaust survivor, she brings a unique perspective to the meaning of immigration and citizenship. She believes that “in order to perpetuate the miracle that is America, we must teach our children about its rich history as a nation of immigrants who chose this country and have given meaning to its ideals.” From this belief, Citizenship Counts was born. Gerda believes that civic education, combined with active participation in one’s community, “helps ensure that the citizens of tomorrow will continue to foster tolerance, understanding, service to one another, and a greater appreciation for the privilege and responsibility of citizenship.”

      To ensure that Gerda’s vision for an educated and engaged citizenry becomes a reality, the Citizenship Counts program was created. The Citizenship Counts interactive, multidisciplinary, middle/high school curriculum not only enhances students’ academic knowledge and skills, it also helps them gain a true appreciation for their rights and responsibilities as citizens of the United States of America. Citizenship Counts also educates students about the role that legal immigration has played and continues to play in creating our diverse and dynamic country. As circumstances permit, the program provides a unique opportunity for students to support U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. federal courts in hosting a community-based naturalization ceremony, held at their school or other community venue. This creates a unique intergenerational learning experience where students, teachers, and community members are all able to celebrate this milestone occasion with the new citizens and their family and friends.

      Resources for Schools

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      To learn more about Citizenship Counts, and to access their free curriculum including a service-learning guide and a guide for planning a naturalization ceremony, please visit citizenshipcounts.org

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      Watch a video to learn more about Gerda Weissmann Klein, Citizenship Counts, and hosting a naturalization ceremony.

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      The Path to Citizenship

      The Path to Citizenship

      In addition to the Citizenship Counts curriculum program, Citizenship Counts has collaborated with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to produce The Path to Citizenship activity book, in support of the work of the organization’s founder Gerda Weissmann Klein.

      The Path to Citizenship offers middle schools and high schools an interactive program designed to educate students about the naturalization process by bringing actual naturalization ceremonies to schools.

      By engaging students in the naturalization process, The Path to Citizenship guides students in gaining a better understanding of, and appreciation for, the value of American citizenship.

      The Path to Citizenship Handbook (17.7 MB)

    • Constitution Day

      This is a recording of the live Constitution Day Webcast event originally aired on September 17, 2010. The event was sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and HISTORY®.

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