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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt & HISTORY®

Social Studies Curriculum Grades 6–12

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  • Why?

    Inspire...

    students with the story. HISTORY® videos and interactive games transport students into what they are studying, providing them with an unforgettable virtual experience. Compelling stories told with dynamic visuals grab students' interest to stimulate and encourage learning.

    Connect...

    to 21st-century learners. HMH® Social Studies programs are organized to help students connect to the content and develop important 21st-century skills. Content that is accessible to all students and instruction that requires them to apply what they know enables students to learn with focused success.

    Experience...

    engaging interactive multimedia. Multimedia Connections, developed in partnership with HISTORY, provide in‐depth coverage of key concepts that are brought to life in the Interactive Online Editions with interactive features, video, primary source documents, and activities.

    Imagine...

    easy-to-access digital content. HMH Social Studies programs link exceptional content with a world of enhanced features such as activities, interactive maps, primary sources, and videos.

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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

    • 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. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt™ 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

      Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 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

      HMH® 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

      HMH 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

      HMH 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, HMH Social Studies offers a variety of writing opportunities and platforms for students to research and publish their writing.

      Research to Build and Present Knowledge

      HMH 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

      HMH 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.

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

      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


    • 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 the iBook StoreSM 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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      World History: Patterns of Interaction

      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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      Geography
      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 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 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.

      Geography

      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 WWII 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.

  • Features

    Together Houghton Mifflin Harcourt™ and HISTORY® are revolutionizing the way students learn and the way educators present social studies.

    Quality content enriched with compelling Multimedia puts students in the moment and creates new opportunities for them to relive, reflect, and re-imagine the people, places, events, and decisions that have made us who we are today.

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    • Multimedia Connections

      Developed in partnership with HISTORY®, Multimedia Connections provides in-depth coverage of key concepts brought to life in the Interactive Online Edition with interactive features, video, primary source documents, and engaging activities that are embedded in the online text.

      Teacher resources include complete teacher lesson plans, vocabulary activities, and performance-based assessment suggestions.

      Chapter-level videos and unit‐level Multimedia Connections enrich students’ understanding.

    • Streaming Digital Media Library

      Designed for Grades 5–12, the Streaming Digital Media Library contains thousands of captivating and searchable multimedia resources from a source you trust–HISTORY®, a part of A&E Television Networks. Continually updated with the new HISTORY media such as WWII 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 Video History

      The Streaming Digital Media Library opens a dynamic main screen that has easy access to all features of the service. The background is changeable and alters with the selected Featured Video.

      Find thousands of HISTORY video clips, prescreened for classroom use. Watch full-length features such as The People Speak and America The Story of Us.

      Start Up Guide Viewing Screen

      Browse the library by topic or search by keyword. Create a playlist of videos for your students.

      Streaming Digital Media Library 14-Day Preview

    • Multimedia Resources

      HISTORY® is the leading destination for revealing, award-winning, original nonfiction series and event-driven specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive, and entertaining manner. Innovative multimedia content in HMH® Social Studies programs is provided by HISTORY to capture students' attention and connect them to people, places, and events being studied.

      Streaming Video

      HISTORY videos transport students into what they are studying, providing them with an unforgettable virtual experience.

      Interactive Maps

      Multiple layers of interactive maps help students discover and understand how events occurred.

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      Compelling Primary Sources

      Compelling stories told with dynamic visuals bring people, places and events to life, grabbing students’ interest to stimulate and encourage learning.

      Compelling Primary Sources

    • This Month in History

      This Month in History, featuring resources from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt™, HISTORY®, Channel One News®, and the Center for Civic Education, 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.

      HISTORY

      Through our exclusive partnership, HMH® and HISTORY provide provides high-end media that immerses students in the study of history, teacher democratic ideals, and fosters geographic fluency.

      HMH Election Connection

      HMH Election Connection features dynamic online resources designed to help students learn, understand, and participate in the presidential election process.

      Channel One News

      Channel One News®, a digital content provider focused on encouraging young people to be informed, digital-savvy citizens, provides daily newscasts, videos, and lesson plans.

      Center for Civic Education

      The Students Take Action civics education curriculum promotes competent and responsible student participation in state and local governments.

      HMH Current Events

      HMHCurrentevents.com spotlights today's headlines and enriches classrooms with blogs, quizzes, activities, web links, and subject-specific information.

      HMH In The News

      HMHinthenews.com delivers age appropriate web-based current events for K–5 students and teachers.

    • Keeping It Current

      This Month in History: June

      This Month in History, from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt™, HISTORY®, Channel One News®, and Center for Civic Education, 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 June

      • Free classroom resources from our partner HISTORY, Channel One News, and Center for Civic Education
      • D-Day
      • National History Day®
      • Flag Day
      • Father’s Day
      • Students Take Action
      • HMH Election Connection *New Monthly Updates*
      • Current Events

      Free Classroom Resources from HISTORY

      D-Day

      During World War II, the Battle of Normandy resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. The battle began on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day, when some 156,000 American, British, and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the coast of France’s Normandy region. Visit HISTORY online to learn more about D-Day.

      National History Day

      Each year more than half a millions students explore libraries, conduct oral history interviews, and visit historic sites as they conduct primary and secondary research to compete in the National History Day contest.  

      Flag Day

      On June 14, 1777, during the American Revolution, the Continental Congress adopts a resolution stating that “the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripes red and white” and that “the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.” In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson officially proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day to commemorate the “Stars and Stripes” national flag adoption.  

      Father's Day

      In 1910, the governor of the U.S. State of Washington proclaimed the nation’s first Father’s Day.  However, it was not until 1972, 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official, that honoring fathers would become a nationwide holiday in the United States. Visit HISTORY online to learn more about this holiday.

      Free Classroom Resources from HMH®

      National History Day

      National History Day (NHD®) is a highly regarded academic organization for elementary and secondary school students. Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide, participate in the NHD contest. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews, and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, exhibits, performances, and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. The program culminates in a national competition held each June at the University of Maryland at College Park.

      Related Links

      Flag Day - June 14

      On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed the Flag Resolution, which established the flag of the United States as having 13 red and white stripes, and 13 white stars on a blue background. The stripes represent the original 13 colonies. The stars represent the states, and more were added, of course, with each new state, until the flag had the 50 stars it does today.

      Since the late 1800s, school teachers and children celebrated the “Flag Birthday” every June 14, and in 1916 President Woodrow Wilson officially proclaimed June 14 to be Flag Day. In 1949, President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress officially designating the day National Flag Day.

      Flag Day is celebrated with parades in towns and cities around the country. Flags can be seen flying on every flagpole for the whole week of June 14, showing Americans’ patriotism for their country and their pride in the country’s symbol.

      Related Links

      • The History of Flag Day

        Covers the history of the holiday. The site includes information about the history of the American flag.

      • Holiday Insights: Flag Day

        Site geared towards students, includes information about Flag Day, history of the American flag, and games related to the flag.

      Free Classroom Resources from Channel One News

      Channel One News celebrates June by providing you resources that highlight special events in the month. Although the Channel One News daily show is on break for summer, check out our video library and online resources that will help you show your students the importance of current events. In honor of National History Day, we’ve created a lesson plan about some popular history myths to help set the record straight for your students. Separate historical fact from fiction with these Channel One News videos from our library and corresponding instructional activities. Then, guide students through a hands-on history research project.

      For Father’s Day, check out this quick history about the holiday, then have some fun looking at suggested shopping for fathers.

      Students Take Action from Center for Civic Education

      The Students Take Action service-learning feature relates stories of students who have participated in the Center for Civic Education’s Project Citizen program, which encourages students to take part in state or local government and learn how to monitor and influence public policy. Help your students become active and engaged citizens in their own communities with these resources.

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      HMH Election Connection

      Inspire students to become active and informed citizens with HMH Election Connection. HMH Election Connection provides 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 OneVote mock election, HISTORY videos, Center for Civic Education resources, historic election coverage, student engagement activities, and skill development opportunities. Visit HMH Election Connection.

      This month's new resources: Voting Rights

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      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.

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      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 activities, web links, and HMH Election Connection.

    • Current Events

      HMH Current Events features subject-specific information from world history, world geography, American history, economics, psychology, sociology, civics, government, and African American history.

      HMH Presidential Election Connection provides dynamic online resources to help students learn about, understand, and participate in the presidential election process. Innovative digital resources include Channel One News® daily broadcasts and resources, HISTORY® videos, WebQuests, study guides, readers, and comprehensive primary source selections.

      Newseum® connects students to front pages around the world and news sources such as CNN®, Fox News™, The New York Times®, and The Washington Post®.

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  • Sponsorships

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt™ is committed to supporting educators in their efforts to inspire and enhance learning. We are proud to sponsor these organizations that foster passionate, curious learners inside and outside the classroom.

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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.

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      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

      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, 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.

      "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

      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.

      Learn More and Register

      National History Bowl

      Congratulations to the 2015 Varsity and 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)

      Congratulations to the 2015 Middle School National Champions!

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

      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. David Madden presents the Volunteer Service Award to Edward Goralski.

       
       

      2013 National Champions

      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

    • 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

      International History Olympiad

      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

      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

      Bruce Lou, Overall International Olympiad Champion and David Madden, IHO/NHBB/IHBB Founder and Executive Director; Andrew Leung and Bruce Lou, Varsity International History Bowl Champions

    • 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

    • Citizenship Counts
      Citizenship Counts Logo

      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

      Visit the Website

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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

      Watch a Video

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

      Watch a Video

      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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