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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and the Center for Civic Education

Constitution Curriculum | Grades 6–12

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  • Why the Center for Civic Education

    The Most Trusted Leader in Civic Education

    The Center for Civic Education is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization providing comprehensive civics education programs.

    The Center is dedicated to promoting an enlightened and responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy in the United States and other countries.

    Two Educational Forces Join Together

    No other educational publisher partners with a respected civics organization to provide the best of both worlds: core curriculum plus mobile access.

    Enhancing the Partnership

    New We the People bundles offer the opportunity for elementary and secondary students to hone the skills necessary to participate as effective and responsible citizens.

    Enhanced eBook

    The We the People Enhanced eBook features hundreds of videos, photos, documents, and interactive exercises that give students an interactive experience in which to learn about the Constitution and the contemporary issues they face today.

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    • Interactive Brochure

      Experience Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and the Center for Civic Education through an innovative Interactive Brochure! Watch Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and the Center for Civic Education come alive with embedded interactive links. Sample videos, technology demonstrations, and more are just a click away!

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      Interactive Brochures
    • Programs
      We the People logo

      We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution

      We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution curriculum enhances understanding of the history and principles of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights for upper elementary, middle, and high school students. The We the People program culminates with a simulated congressional hearing in which students evaluate, take, and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues.


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      Project Citizen

      Project Citizen is a civic education program that promotes competent and responsible student participation in state and local government. As a project, young people work together as a class or extracurricular group to study a public policy issue, develop their own public policy, and develop an action plan to influence government to adopt their proposed public policy.


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      Foundations of Democracy

      The Center’s Foundations of Democracy series introduces students to four concepts fundamental to an understanding of politics and government: Authority, Privacy, Responsibility, and Justice.

    • We the People National Finals

      Designed for high school students, the annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals competition tests students' knowledge and understanding of constitutional principles through simulated congressional hearings. Entire classes from every state compete at school district, congressional district, and state levels. The National Finals event is based on the acclaimed We the People curriculum that is available at the upper elementary, middle, and high school levels. The Center for Civic Education also conducts the We the People National Invitational competition, which offers middle and high school students the opportunity to compete against classes from across the nation as they demonstrate their knowledge of the Constitution. Both national finals events are held at George Mason University and in Washington, D.C.

      Since its inception in 1987, more than 30 million students and 75,000 educators have participated in the We the People program.

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  • The Center for Civic Educations's expertise and content is not only embedded within HMH Student and Teacher Editions of Civics in Practice and United States Government, but is also included in our supplemental resources and provided through standalone We the People eTextbooks and Enhanced eBook.

     
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    Harcourt Social Studies: The United States

    We the People Level 1 presents a perfect opportunity to introduce civics to the intermediate-level learner. There are natural and plentiful opportunities to approach the content through the civics lens, such as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and important Supreme Court cases.

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    Relevant Instruction

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: Civics in Practice

    We the People Level 2 continues rich civic education for the secondary learner with engaging interactive features while promoting student participation.

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    Real Interaction

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: United States Government

    We the People Level 3 offers a motivating, interactive high school-level civics program to promote higher-order thinking and prepare students for college and career readiness.

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    • Harcourt Social Studies: The United States

      eTextbook Level 1

      We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution, Level 1 eTextbook download can be bundled with Harcourt Social Studies The United States. The package provides in-depth citizenship content to support civics education in the elementary grades.

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      HMH in the News

      HMH in the News is an online current events site for K–5 students and teachers.

      This free website delivers age-appropriate current events stories every month, and users can choose from three designs to customize the homepage. HMHinthenews.com links you directly to the Center for Civic Education’s website for easy access to relevant curriculum support.

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    • Civics in Practice

      eTextbook Levels 2 and 3

      Civics in Practice: Principles of Government and Economics can be bundled with We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution Level 2 and Level 3 eTextbooks. This package provides in-depth citizenship content to meet changing state standards for civic education.

      eTextbook Level 2 and 3

      Interactive Online Student Edition

      The Civics in Practice Interactive Online Student Edition features the entire Student Edition as well as downloadable MP3 format, interactive workbook pages, and practice exercises with immediate performance feedback. Students Take Action Features encourage service learning and promote civic duty. Law 101 Features introduce students to key government concepts and show how they apply in the real world.

      Civics Online Student Edition

      Teacher's Edition

      The Teacher’s Edition provides complete lesson support for Students Take Action topics including background of students featured, how your classroom can do a similar activity, and service learning tips.

      Students Take Action

      Ancillary Support

      The Students Take Action Activities booklet provides: planning guides, rubrics, tip sheets, and additional forms to organize, assist, and evaluate student performance at each phase of the service learning projects.

      Ancillary Support

      eActivities

      Chapter-specific online activities, research opportunities, and online quizzes extend content from the Student Edition.

      Civics eActivities

      Current Events

      HMH Current Events enriches your 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 such as Center for Civic Education and HISTORY®.

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    • United States Government: Principles in Practice

      eTextbook Level 3

      We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution, Level 3 eTextbook can be bundled with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's United States Government. This package provides in-depth citizenship content for a comprehensive blended government and civics curriculum.

      eTextbook Level 3

      Interactive Online Student Edition

      The Interactive Online Student Edition provides an interactive environment that includes a world of enhanced features including HISTORY® videos. We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution, Connecting to the Constitution Features examine the connections between the Constitution and our government.

      Online Student Edition

      Teacher's Edition

      The Teacher's Edition provides complete lesson support for We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution, Connecting to the Constitution topics including various activities, primary sources, and Info to Know.

      Teachers Edition

      Ancillary Support

      The Foundations of Democracy Activities—organized around the concepts of authority, privacy, responsibility, and justice—promote critical thinking and foster participation skills.

      Ancillary Support level 3

      Current Events

      HMH Current Events enriches your 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 such as Center for Civic Education and HISTORY®.

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    • Enhanced eBooks

      We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution Enhanced eBooks deliver an interactive multi-touch experience and incorporates video, audio, interactive graphics, and student and teacher exchange. For use with desktops, laptops, and all mobile devices, it provides online and app access while syncing student work in the cloud.

  • Grade 5: The United States

    Grades 6–12: Civics

    Grades 9–12: United States Government

    For the We the People preview, go to my.hrw.com, click Preview, and enter the sample word provided by your Account Executive.

  • ISBN

    Component Description

    Bundles, 6-year Subscriptions

    9780544263284

    The United States Premium Online Edition, Student Access

    Includes: Harcourt Social Studies: The United States Online Edition and We the People eTextbook, Level 1
    9780544263185

    The United States: Making a New Nation Premium Online Edition, Student Access

    Includes: Harcourt Social Studies: The United States: Making a New Nation Online Edition and We the People eTextbook, Level 1
    9780544262386

    The United States: Civil War to Present Premium Online Edition, Student Access

    Includes: Harcourt Social Studies: The United States: Civil War to Present Online Edition and We the People eTextbook, Level 1
    9780544136434

    Civics in Practice Premium Online Edition, Student Access

    Includes: Civics In Practice Interactive Online Edition, Civics in Practice Student Edition eTextbook, We the People eTextbook Level 2, and We the People eTexbook Level 3
    9780544135925

    Civics in Practice Student Premium Package, Student Access

    Includes: Civics In Practice Student Edition, Civics in Practice Interactive Online Edition, Civics in Practice Student Edition eTextbook, We the People eTextbook Level 2, and We the People eTexbook Level 3
    9780544140035

    United States Government Premium Online Edition, Student Access

    Includes: United States Government Interactive Online Edition, United States Government eTextbook, We the People eTextbook, Level 3
    9780544135932

    United States Government Student Premium Package, Student Access

    Includes: United States Government Student Edition, United States Government Interactive Online Edition, United States Government eTextbook, We the People eTextbook, Level 3
     

    ISBN

    Component Description

    Single Purchase, 1-year Subscriptions

    9780544599581

    We the People Enhanced eBook, Level 2

    9780544547322

    We the People Enhanced eBook, Level 3

    Single Purchase, 6-year Subscriptions

    9780544135123

    We the People eTextbook, Level 1

    9780544135109

    We the People eTextbook, Level 2

    9780544135116

    We the People eTextbook, Level 3

    9780544599192

    We the People Enhanced eBook, Level 2

    9780544127883

    We the People Enhanced eBook, Level 3

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