Experience the World. Shape the Future.
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Experience the World. Shape the Future.

Created to meet vision of the California History-Social Science Framework and Standards.

Social studies should help your students connect someone else’s past to their present, and ultimately help them to shape their own futures.

The incredible power of connection inspires important questions, drives understanding and promotes the kind of critical thinking skills that motivate students to become active citizens.

Our goal is to help you spark the kind of engagement that turns curiosity, knowledge, and critical thinking into empowered citizenship. That’s IMPACT.

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Created by a team of the country’s foremost social studies education experts.

Dr. Walter Parker

Professor of Social Studies Education at University of Washington, Seattle

Dr. James Banks

Director of the University of Washington, Seattle Center for Multicultural Education

Dr. Emily Schell

Executive Director of the California International Social Studies Project and Professor at San Diego State University

Dr. Daniel Lewis

Dibner Senior Curator of the History of Science and Technology at the Huntington Library

Dr. Douglas Fisher

Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University

Dr. Kevin Colleary

Professor at Fordham University School of Education

Dr. William Deverell

Professor at University of Southern California and Director of the Huntington Library USC Institute on California and the West

Dr. Elizabeth Logan

Associate Director, Huntington USC Institute for California and the West

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Grade K


Inquiry Journal

Inquiry Journal

An interactive text that begins the inquiry process with an Essential Question and image, intended to inspire thought, wonder and collaboration. Students use the text to also record their learning and cite evidence to prove their opinions.

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Research Companion

Research Companion

This text serves as the primary source of information and learning to answer the Essential Questions. This is the tool students use to learn the art of research and critical analysis of social studies.

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Weekly Explorer Magazine

Weekly Explorer Magazine

Students dig deeper and enhance their learning with the Weekly Explorer Magazine. Articles in various formats explore ideas related to the Essential Questions and provide unique perspectives to extend conceptual development.

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Grade 1


Inquiry Journal

Inquiry Journal

An interactive text that begins the inquiry process with an Essential Question and image, intended to inspire thought, wonder and collaboration. Students use the text to also record their learning and cite evidence to prove their opinions.

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Research Companion

Research Companion

This text serves as the primary source of information and learning to answer the Essential Questions. This is the tool students use to learn the art of research and critical analysis of social studies.

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Weekly Explorer Magazine

Weekly Explorer Magazine

Students dig deeper and enhance their learning with the Weekly Explorer Magazine. Articles in various formats explore ideas related to the Essential Questions and provide unique perspectives to extend conceptual development.

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Grade 2


Inquiry Journal

Inquiry Journal

An interactive text that begins the inquiry process with an Essential Question and image, intended to inspire thought, wonder and collaboration. Students use the text to also record their learning and cite evidence to prove their opinions.

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Research Companion

Research Companion

This text serves as the primary source of information and learning to answer the Essential Questions. This is the tool students use to learn the art of research and critical analysis of social studies.

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Weekly Explorer Magazine

Weekly Explorer Magazine

Students dig deeper and enhance their learning with the Weekly Explorer Magazine. Articles in various formats explore ideas related to the Essential Questions and provide unique perspectives to extend conceptual development.

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Grade 3


Inquiry Journal

Inquiry Journal

An interactive text that begins the inquiry process with an Essential Question and image, intended to inspire thought, wonder and collaboration. Students use the text to also record their learning and cite evidence to prove their opinions.

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Research Companion

Research Companion

This text serves as the primary source of information and learning to answer the Essential Questions. This is the tool students use to learn the art of research and critical analysis of social studies.

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Weekly Explorer Magazine

Weekly Explorer Magazine

Students dig deeper and enhance their learning with the Weekly Explorer Magazine. Articles in various formats explore ideas related to the Essential Questions and provide unique perspectives to extend conceptual development.

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Grade 4


Inquiry Journal

Inquiry Journal

An interactive text that begins the inquiry process with an Essential Question and image, intended to inspire thought, wonder and collaboration. Students use the text to also record their learning and cite evidence to prove their opinions.

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Research Companion

Research Companion

This text serves as the primary source of information and learning to answer the Essential Questions. This is the tool students use to learn the art of research and critical analysis of social studies.

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Weekly Explorer Magazine

Weekly Explorer Magazine

Students dig deeper and enhance their learning with the Weekly Explorer Magazine. Articles in various formats explore ideas related to the Essential Questions and provide unique perspectives to extend conceptual development.

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Grade 5


Inquiry Journal

Inquiry Journal

An interactive text that begins the inquiry process with an Essential Question and image, intended to inspire thought, wonder and collaboration. Students use the text to also record their learning and cite evidence to prove their opinions.

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Research Companion

Research Companion

This text serves as the primary source of information and learning to answer the Essential Questions. This is the tool students use to learn the art of research and critical analysis of social studies.

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Weekly Explorer Magazine

Weekly Explorer Magazine

Students dig deeper and enhance their learning with the Weekly Explorer Magazine. Articles in various formats explore ideas related to the Essential Questions and provide unique perspectives to extend conceptual development.

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Grade 6


Student Edition

Student Edition

The Grade 6 course is structured for students to study the development of civilizations from the Early Beginnings to 300 CE. In this course, there is an emphasis on learning the content while guiding students in developing historical analysis skills.

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Inquiry Journal

Inquiry Journal

This interactive worktext provides additional activities to engage students in exploring the Essential Question through research, analysis, evidence-based writing, and action.

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Weekly Explorer Magazine

Weekly Explorer Magazine

Supplemental resource that provides a variety of literary texts, photographs, maps, and other visual resources to enhance the Student Edition and Inquiry Journal lessons, presented in a unique, non-traditional format.

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