Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s (HMH) Texas Social Studies Series provides comprehensive core social studies courses for grades 6 through 11. Learning List reviewed the course for each grade level as submitted for state adoption in Texas. Middle school courses include:
- Contemporary World Studies: People, Places, and Societies;
- Texas History; and
- United States History: Early Colonial Period Through Reconstruction.
High school courses include:
- World Geography,
- World History, and
- The Americans: U.S. History Since 1877.
Courses are available in print and online versions and may be downloaded as eReader files.
Each course integrates literacy instruction and support for active reading with engaging social studies content. Courses focus on making historical events relevant to students’ lives through videos, interactive learning experiences, and features that help students see why content matters to them. Course videos are provided by History®. Content is organized around essential questions and includes frequent references to primary source documents. Instruction emphasizes the development of skills such as accessing and evaluating information, reading maps and graphs, and collaborating with others and each course includes specific resources to help students master the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills). A Spanish-language student edition is available for each middle school course and a Texas Guided Reading Workbook in Spanish and English is available for courses across grade levels.
Courses include formative quizzes and summative chapter tests. Chapter tests are provided in multiple versions for students at different levels. Teachers also have access to the ExamView® Assessment Suite, which allows users to create customized tests in English and Spanish. Teacher editions include comprehensive alignments to the TEKS and the ELPS; planning guides; and support for introducing content, pre-teaching, and providing direct instruction. Online teacher resources include editable PowerPoints with interactive content and point-of use links to videos, maps, and primary sources. You can find more information at HMH Texas Social Studies website.