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The history of who we are and how we got here is the world’s most incredible story—filled with more drama, plot twists, and surprise endings than any bestseller. Why is it that this story is so often reduced to a hollow shell of dates and events?

HMH Social Studies presents the rich, endlessly inventive story of our world, challenging students to dig deep into the past, ask questions, uncover the connections to their world today, and prepare for tomorrow.

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Overview

Developing critical thinking skills for tomorrow’s citizens

The inquiry-based approach of HMH Social Studies asks every student to dig into history and ask detailed questions. Students learn to think critically, draw conclusions, and support those conclusions with evidence—the same skills they’ll use in college and throughout their careers.

Student Experience

African American History
African American History

African American History presents a rich narrative that explores the role of African Americans in the development of the United States. The program has a unique interactive format that encourages students to connect with the content and explore important people, places, and events. Written specifically for middle and high school students, African American History includes coverage of current events such as Black Lives Matter protests, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the impact of the 2020 presidential election.

Confronting Racism: Case Studies and Conversations on African American History
Confronting Racism: Case Studies and Conversations on African American History

Written by Dr. Tyrone Howard, a national leader in culturally responsive pedagogy, Confronting Racism helps teachers and students meaningfully discuss racial divisions that exist in America. Through interactive case studies, students learn about historical and institutional racism and are encouraged to brainstorm productive ways of addressing these issues.

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Teacher Experience

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Full reading support strengthens ELA skills

Metacognitive Support
Some courses offer multimedia close-read screencasts, which share how to read and analyze primary sources.

Audio Support
Full-text audio gives students the opportunity to read as they listen to full audio in the eBook.

Comprehension Support
Reading check questions support comprehension by directing students to the vital content in each lesson.

EL Support
Every course includes support, such as summaries of the lessons at lower readability, in both English & Spanish, so students can build reading stamina.

Family Experience

Family Room—a family-friendly part of the Ed learning platform—supports diverse learning environments and makes at-home learning more manageable for families and caregivers by providing equitable, on-demand resources to help support their children.

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With Family Room, families and caregivers can:
With Family Room, families and caregivers can:
  • Access their child’s learning via the student’s Ed log in
  • Find simple, helpful, and equitable at-home learning resources in both English and Spanish
  • Explore tips and videos personalized to their child’s learning
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"If history were taught in the form of stories,
it would never be forgotten."

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Grade-Level Solutions

From World History to United States Government, HMH Social Studies programs invite students to take an active role in their exploration of the past. By asking questions, thinking critically and making connections between the past and the present, our programs are designed specifically to cultivate a generation of informed, engaged citizens.

MIDDLE SCHOOL
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United States History

Helps students develop a richer understanding of America's past and its impact today, integrating skills such as map reading, research, geography, and civic participation.

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World Civilizations

Creates a richer understanding of world history and culture with vivid, instructional visuals and high-interest scenarios.

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Civics

Helps foster student civic responsibility through a balanced course that features the principles of government, active citizenship, and responsible economic participation.

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World Geography

Engage, inspire, and encourage the love of geography with tools that help students connect with the content and see its relevance and importance in their lives.

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African American History

Presents a rich narrative that explores the role of African Americans in the development of the United States, encouraging students to connect with the content and discover important people, places, and events.

HIGH SCHOOL
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Civics

Helps foster student civic responsibility through a balanced course that features the principles of government, active citizenship, and responsible economic participation.

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American History

Explores the story of U.S. history, weaving the reflections of people who experienced history firsthand throughout the narrative.

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World History

Provides teachers with a practical and motivational approach to teaching world history and helps students think critically and make global connections.

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United States Government

Designed to balance the need to cover key, standards-based government topics and motivate students to learn, United States Government makes our political system meaningful to all students.

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Global Geography

Motivates students to explore current geographic issues to show the relevance of geography to current events. It is organized by physical geography, human geography, and today’s issues.

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Economics

Uses a concept-driven and interactive approach to develop economic literacy, utilizing real examples, concept application, and the latest economics news.

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Psychology

Taking into account current psychological theory and current statistics, Psychology offers the tools students need to understand themselves and the world around them with a variety of case studies, group projects, and opportunities for in-depth study.

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Sociology

Leveraging current sociological theory and current statistics, Sociology gives the student the tools they need to discover the meaning behind behavior through a variety of case studies, group projects, and opportunities for in-depth study.

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African American History

Presents a rich narrative that explores the role of African Americans in the development of the United States, encouraging students to connect with the content and discover important people, places, and events.

Classroom Resources to Use Today
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News Literacy Project

Ignite student engagement with currency and higher-order thinking that ties to students’ lives.

Checkology®: NLP’s Checkology virtual classroom is a browser-based platform that empowers educators to teach students how to sort fact from fiction and discern what information to trust, share, and act on.

The Sift: NLP’s free newsletter explores timely examples of misinformation, social media activity, and news literacy trends.

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Keeping It Current

Sign up for free multimedia resources from our partners at HISTORY and the Center for Civic Education. Every month you’ll have access to standards-based videos, lesson plans, and classroom resources for connecting students with current events.

Connect with free multimedia resources.

INCLUDED WITH SELECTED PROGRAMS
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American Response to the Holocaust Refugees: DBI

American History includes a robust online Document-Based Investigation: In-Depth Inquiry. Built in partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, this DBI called “American Response to the Holocaust Refugees” centers around a Compelling Question and gives students historical context before they dive into seven primary sources. The DBI wraps up with a performance task that asks students to construct an argument by citing evidence they’ve gathered throughout their investigation.

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Writable for Social Studies

Writable® for HMH Social Studies provides a robust online academic writing experience for students. Within Writable, students can access the Essential Question Writing Tasks and Document-Based Investigations to complete the inquiry process through writing. Writable also makes it easy for teachers to score students’ writing and provide feedback online using writing rubrics, Revision Aid (AI) and originality check.

Writable is available to purchase for these HMH Social Studies programs:

  • World Civilizations
  • World Geography
  • United States History
  • World History
  • American History
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Newberry Library’s Digital Collections for the Classroom

Access the Classroom site for nearly 100 content-based essays accompanied by discussion questions, classroom activities, and high-quality digitized primary sources. The collections offer an excellent avenue for teaching students how to use primary sources to examine critical moments in history.



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HISTORY Shorts

Watch these videos that explore the extraordinary history behind inspiring people, places, and events, from the Continental Army to the Harlem Hellfighters, the Statue of Liberty to space flight. These are unexpected tales from history you didn’t know you needed to know.

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Judicial Inquiries: Interactive Supreme Court Case Studies

Rich, Interactive Content
Students take notes and cite sources in interactive digital studies of 25 landmark Supreme Court cases that continue to impact the lives of teenagers and young adults.

Now Included in Five Courses
Judicial Inquiries are available for Middle School United States History, Middle and High School Civics, High School American History, and High School U.S. Government.

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Advanced Placement & Electives

Help Students Step Up to College-Level Work

HMH® addresses the needs of high school students and educators with college-level social studies resources published by Wiley® for AP®, honors, and electives. Enable students to think critically and approach coursework with active inquiry with this powerful and fully engaging suite of resources.

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Explore HMH AP & Electives - Social Studies

Lead students to discover how people, places, cultures, and concepts help shape the world we live in.

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See for Yourself

Deepen student understanding of critical concepts and their real-world applications with HMH AP & Electives.

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Explore AP & Elective courses such as Human Geography, Psychology, Economics, and more.

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