Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Updates Social Studies Curricula with Virtual Field Trips

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) has unveiled HMH Social Studies 2018, a collection of social studies curricula for students in grades 6 through 12.

The program covers civics, economics, geography, government, history and psychology. Features of the program include:

  • Document-based investigations;
  • Analytic skills activities designed to help students examine source materials and develop critical thinking skills;
  • A focus on primary sources that aims to improve media literacy and emphasize fact checking for the digital world;
  • Virtual reality field trips powered by Google Expeditions;
  • History "Multimedia Connections";
  • Interactive maps, games and data from;
  • Online and offline digital delivery; and
  • Responsive design for a smooth user experience regardless of the device used.

"Social studies is a vital lens through which our students come to understand the world they live in," said Mary Cullinane, executive vice president and chief content officer at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, in a prepared statement. "Building civic awareness in our young people is one of our greatest responsibilities as educators and this program includes new ways to meet that responsibility."

The program will be available for the 2017-2018 school year. For more information or to sign up for a free trial, visit

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