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Social Studies Techbook™ Digital Textbooks

Your Primary Source for the Social Studies Classroom.

Social Studies Techbook is a comprehensive, standards-aligned, core curricular resource that uses an inquiry-based approach to enhance literacy and critical thinking skills. Courses in this digital social studies textbook include U.S. History, World History, Civics and Government, and World Geography and Cultures.

Engage Students Like Never Before.

Bring historical events, concepts, and phenomena to life for today's students with engaging multimedia resources including interactive text, maps, and timelines, plus videos, photos, audio, and hundreds of primary sources.

Easy to Use, Anywhere, Any time.

The streamlined, responsive design provides you with an easy-to-follow, consistent experience, accessible from any device, in any instructional setting.

Question the Past. Understand the Present.

Teachers have access to exclusive videos, multimedia activities, digital text, more than 3,000 primary sources, model lessons, and assessments. With Social Studies Techbook, students learn the content and skills needed to question the past, understand the present, and shape the future.

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Available Courses
  • World Geography and Cultures
  • World History
  • U.S. History I — Preshistory to Reconstruction
  • U.S. History II — Civil War to Present
  • U.S. History — Prehistory to The Progressive Era
  • U.S. History I — Prehistory to Present
  • Civics and Government

What you can do with maps is amazing. I can just click and overlay cities, bodies of water, climate zones, populations, religions, and other things. I can't do that with a regular textbook.
8th Grade Student
District of Columbia Public Schools
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5 Reasons Teachers Love Social Studies Techbook

#1They're not spending hours wading through documents and searching the Internet.

From model lessons and assessments to primary source documents and accompanying activities, Social Studies Techbook packages everything teachers need in one place.

#2It makes differentiation doable.

The Core Interactive Text feature blends text and media for students of different abilities and learning styles. Students can highlight, add sticky notes, and have the text read aloud. Reading levels can be modified and text can also be viewed in Spanish.

#3They don't have to worry about out-of-date content.

Unlike print textbooks that are outdated as soon as they're printed, Social Studies Techbook is updated regularly. Maps are updated automatically as the geography of the world changes. Through a partnership with news leader MacNeil Lehrer Productions, Social Studies Techbook includes Global Wrap, a weekly news summary of the most pressing global news. These videos, usually less than five minutes, give students a great recap of news from around the world in terms they'll understand.

#4With a focus on literacy, more students are reading, writing, and thinking like historians.

The inquiry-based format inspires the curiosity of all students and emphasizes informational text literacy, analytical writing, and problem solving skills that students will apply in academics and as citizens. Text is available in multiple reading levels and Spanish. Students also can highlight text, add sticky notes, have the text read aloud, or print content to paper.

#5Their students cannot wait to get to class.

Videos, photographs, interactive maps, compelling stories, and a wide variety of activities help students see and experience just how exciting social studies can be. The multimedia content engages students immediately and gives them endless opportunities to explore and learn.

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