English Language Arts Grades 6–12

Why Collections?
Program Overview
  • Why Collections?

    Keeping the Story Relevant and Engaging

    It's all about keeping students interested in what they are reading. Your students learn best when quality content is blended with media, audio, and visuals for an immersive experience. Collections gives students relevant content and makes meaningful connections to encourage the "Aha!" moments in your classroom.

    Inquiry and Active Learning

    Collections provides your students with the tools they need to think critically, expand their curiosity, and tackle challenging concepts—which helps them learn to close read selections and prepare for high-stakes assessments.

    Providing Support and Choice for Learning Needs and Preferences

    You put the learning in your students' hands. Collections presents materials and activities in a variety of ways, allowing students to interact with different types of content. Assessments inform instruction, providing intervention and enrichment opportunities for all students to learn and grow at their own pace.

    Delivering Flexibility and Customization

    We know your time is precious. Collections offers maximum flexibility and access to content through responsive digital technology. You and your students have instant access whenever, wherever you want—which allows you to focus on what matters most.

    Why Collections?

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    • Partnerships


      Houghton Mifflin Harcourt® and HISTORY® have formed an exclusive partnership to provide related videos for Collections content. Combining the exceptional content of Collections and rich video content of HISTORY, we've created a program that will keep students interested.

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      Channel One News

      Channel One News® encourages students to be informed, digital-savvy citizens. Connecting news stories to their lives and providing context on difficult topics, the newscast features young, relatable journalists plus engaging music and graphics. Nonfiction content supports Collections content by sparking discussion on current events in the ELA classroom.

    • Flexibility and Customization

      HMH Player

      With the HMH Player® app, students can download lessons and assignments while at school to complete anywhere, anytime—online or offline. Teachers have the ability to add open-source content, create customized lessons, communicate with students, and present from one app.


      Download HMH® content when connected to the Internet, work offline, and then sync when back online.


      Open a Collaborative Classroom Session to use dynamic presentation tools, conduct informal polling, or instant message directly with students.


      Teachers and students can quickly access real-time reporting to monitor progress and identify areas for improvement.


      Upload your own content or link to external resources to target particular skills and topics.

    • Research: Evidence & Efficacy

      Collections Efficacy Study (2015)

      This year-long study summarizes the statistically significant gains in performance achieved by middle school and high school students using the Collections literature program during the 2014-2015 school year.

      Collections Research Base (2013)

      Summary of the scholarly and academic research and evidence-based approaches that informed the design and pedagogy of the Collections program.

    • Issue-Based Workshops

      Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has developed an issue-based professional learning workshop to explore a critical need facing ELA educators.

      This 90-minute workshop will provide teachers with insights and strategies for immediate classroom application.

      Close Reading of Complex Texts

      This 90-minute course explores the impact of teaching more complex texts and the need for established routines to support close reading. Participants will leave with planning tools for close-reading instruction.

      You and your school can experience these professionally developed workshops at no charge. If you like what you see and hear, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt also offers a series of full-day implementation trainings.

      For more information, contact your HMH Account Executive or visit

  • Program Overview

    Collections helps students experience rich texts and media through engaging content and dynamic digital tools by providing flexibility and support to ensure all students are prepared for college and career life.

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    • Keeping the Story Relevant

      Collections makes meaningful connections to today's world and provides high-quality resources that can bring literature to life.


      Our exclusive partner, HISTORY®, delivers videos that bring content to life through dramatic storytelling and expert testimonials.

      Channel One News

      Channel One News® puts real-world events in context to inform today's digital-savvy students.

      Stream to Start Videos

      Stream to Start™ videos engage students in Grades 6–8 with each collection topic, along with background and explanation of what they will read in the collection.

      Xplor eMagazines

      In Grades 6­–8, Xplor eMagazines provide multi-genre and leveled texts linked to each collection topic for differentiated instruction, fluency, and comprehension practice. Visuals, videos, short quizzes, and activities enhance student engagement.

    • Promoting Inquiry and Active Learning

      Collections develops close reading and note-taking skills that empower students to become active and effective learners. Students are asked to do "chunked" close reading of selections, then respond to after-reading questions to check for understanding.

      Close Read Screencasts

      Close Read Screencasts provide students with a model for how to talk about text and have a meaningful conversation.


      With the HMHfyi site, students engage with current, real-world texts that connect to each collection.


      Text in Focus Videos

      Text in Focus videos for Grades 6–8 help students to learn about and apply various language and skills concepts utilized in each selection.

      Annotation Tools

      With Collections, students have the ability to highlight and annotate texts directly in their online account. All notes are saved to their notebook, where teachers can have access to view notes and make comments.

      Annotation Tools

      Performance Tasks

      Following each selection and collection, performance tasks challenge students to respond creatively and analytically to complex, real-world tasks.

      Performance Tasks
    • Writing, Speaking and Listening

      You work to develop students' abilities not only for analyzing texts, but also for evidence-based writing, conducting smart conversations, and delivering solid arguments. That's why Collections connects instruction for reading, writing, speaking, listening, and research.

      Writing—Integrated and Interactive

      Writing is integrated into every collection within the Collections program, providing your students with texts for close reading that serve as mentor texts for writing, interactive, and self-paced digital lessons that teach thinking and writing; focused lessons with models that teach performance-based writing; and dynamic digital tools that engage students in writing, revision, and evaluation.

      Interactive Lesson

      Collaboration Tools

      Using familiar digital tools, Collections engages students in marking texts, linking to related media, and acquiring the skills needed for close reading and writing.

      myWriteSmart with Turnitin Feedback Studio

      Collections offers students a dynamic digital writing platform where they can peer review with their classmates and check originality using Turnitin® Feedback Studio. From myWriteSmart students are able to access their notebook and incorporate text evidence into their writing. They are also able to communicate with their teacher and ask for feedback.

      myWriteSmart with Turnitin Feedback Studio
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