Holt Releases Online Social Studies Textbooks

Posted on June 28, 2002

Holt, Rinehart and Winston announced the release of their Holt Online Learning social studies textbook series for grades six through 12. Books in the Holt series include Call to Freedom; People, Places, and Change; The American Nation; World Geography Today; World History: The Human Journey; and American Civics.

"In the past we have developed multimedia and technology resources to support our print textbooks," said Holt President, Judy Fowler. "This latest product release is very exciting because it sets a new standard for what an online textbook and supporting materials should offer."

The Holt online textbooks go beyond simply delivering text on a website. Each online textbook boosts student interaction and relates history to current events with tools such as CNNfyi/CNN Student News. The online textbooks also include Interactive Time Lines, Interactive Maps, the Holt Researcher Online, the Holt Grapher, Homework Practice Online, Standardized Test Preparation and project-based portfolio activities. Resources to help teachers benchmark student learning are also integrated into the Holt Online Learning series. For example, an Interactive Notebook prompts students to answer questions throughout the text, allowing teachers to monitor student progress closely.

"We designed the entire social studies series with a focus on reading strategies," said Pam Nelson, senior vice president of marketing. "We applied our experience with reading strategies to this online series. The result is an open, friendly, and readable interactive text that greatly improves comprehension."

Holt, Rinehart and Winston is a publisher of textbooks and educational materials for grades six through 12 and is part of Harcourt, Inc., an education provider serving students and teachers in PreK through grade 12, adult learners, and readers of all ages.