Common Core-aligned literacy program

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced Holt McDougal Literature©2012 — a comprehensive solution aligned with Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts. This is the first Common Core literature anthology published by HMH.

“HMH is committed to partnering with districts to align teaching and learning programs with Common Core State Standards. Holt McDougal Literature 2012 offers implementation options that blend print and digital instructional materials with professional development to ensure a smooth transition to the Common Core,” said Jim O’Neill, Senior Vice President of Portfolio Management, HMH. “This program includes well-loved literature and the challenging text analysis and critical thinking exercises that align with the new Common Core State Standards.”

As school districts across the country begin the transition to Common Core State Standards, students need curriculum with tailored instruction to meet the rigor of the new standards. HMH’s content addresses this need, and also gives teachers a supportive professional development option to ensure they are prepared to meet these demands.

The Common Core State Standards reflect an unprecedented emphasis on informational text in both reading and writing. While past series emphasized literature, Holt McDougal Literature2012 provides extensive informational text in each unit to help the reader reach a deeper level of comprehension. The writing strand in Holt McDougal Literature 2012 also reflects the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2011 Writing Framework by including an emphasis on argumentation and informational or expository writing workshops.

In addition to reading and writing literary and informational texts, the programemphasizes language skills. Students also apply writing skills to speaking and listening as they compose and deliver their ideas in both formal presentations and informal discussions. By addressingall strands of the Common Core State Standards, Holt McDougal Literature2012 prepares students for every aspect of communication in the 21st Century.

Theonline component of Holt McDougal Literature2012 allows students to continue their work at home, featuring interactive readers, video trailers for background information, an audio tutor, additional independent practice in vocabulary and grammar, and an online tutorial system that can be accessed by students, teachers and parents. This element of the program is specifically suited to the way today’s students learn and interact and encourages engagement and self-driven, individualized learning.