Posts made in March 16th, 2017

New Product Review: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journeys

HMH's JourneysLearning List has reviewed Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Journeys, which is a comprehensive product that supports language arts and reading instruction in grades K-6. Content is available in print and online formats and facilitates instruction in blended learning environments. Journeys provides systematic and explicit instruction in key literacy skills at each grade level. Instruction focuses on vocabulary development, the close reading of complex texts, and using textual evidence to support conclusions.

Across grades, Journeys presents instruction using a consistent structure that incorporates predictable routines (e.g., think-pair-share). At grades K-2, content focuses on the needs of developing readers and emphasizes the development of phonemic awareness and phonics, reading, writing, and speaking skills. At grades 3-6, content builds systematically increasing students’ skills and introducing increasingly complex texts. Reading selections emphasize diverse cultures and perspectives, as well as themes that support inclusion.

Each lesson includes two, age-appropriate anchor texts that reflect the unit’s theme. Anchor texts are a balance of literary and informational texts. Instruction focuses on close reading skills and includes teacher-led whole group and small group activities. Each unit includes grammar and writing practice activities and a “Compare Texts” feature that helps students connect what they have read to themselves, other texts, and the real-world. Units at each grade level end with a performance-based project that emphasizes communication skills.

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt*

HMH creates engaging, dynamic and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to K-12 and beyond the classroom, serving more than 50 million students in more than 150 countries. Available through multiple media, our content meets the needs of students, teachers, parents and lifelong learners, no matter where and how they learn.

HMH’s renowned and awarded children’s books, novels, nonfiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world. Our distinguished author list, from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Philip Roth, and brands from Curious George to The Lord of the Rings, includes 10 Nobel Prize winners, 48 Pulitzer Prize winners, 15 National Book Award winners, and more than 100 Caldecott, Newbery, Printz and Sibert Medal and Honor recipients.

Information in this section is provided by or adapted from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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New Product Review: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Collections

thumb_Collections_2017_Cover_Image_Grade_8Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s (HMH) Collections is a comprehensive product that supports English language arts instruction in grades 6-12. Content is available in print and online formats and facilitates instruction in blended learning environments. Across grades, instruction focuses on developing students’ close reading skills, ability to think critically about texts, and use of textual evidence to support their conclusions. Learning List recently reviewed resources for grades 6-8.

Across grade levels, content is organized in six “Collections,” or units, built around literary and informational texts that address a common theme (e.g., “Approaching Adulthood”). Instruction in each Collection centers on anchor texts and related reading selections. eTexts integrate content from Collections’ “Close Reader” consumable print work text. Close Reader selections address the same topics as the anchor texts and provide opportunities for students to apply close reading skills with scaffolding and support. Close Reader content is available in Spanish.

Collections contains extensive resources for English language learners (ELLs) and struggling readers, including Level Up” tutorials and “Xplor eMagazine.” Level Up tutorials provide direct instruction in basic skills and Xplor presents short, engaging articles related to content. Teacher resources contain “Language Workshops” lessons for ELLs. Language Workshop provides lesson plans that address the specific needs of ELLs and are parallel in content to each anchor text lesson. Each Workshop lesson supports students in understanding the author’s language, learning new vocabulary, and unpacking the text’s meaning.

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt*

HMH creates engaging, dynamic and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to K-12 and beyond the classroom, serving more than 50 million students in more than 150 countries. Available through multiple media, our content meets the needs of students, teachers, parents and lifelong learners, no matter where and how they learn.

HMH’s renowned and awarded children’s books, novels, nonfiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world. Our distinguished author list, from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Philip Roth, and brands from Curious George to The Lord of the Rings, includes 10 Nobel Prize winners, 48 Pulitzer Prize winners, 15 National Book Award winners, and more than 100 Caldecott, Newbery, Printz and Sibert Medal and Honor recipients.

Information in this section is provided by or adapted from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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