The main components of the "History Alive!" textbooks are easy-to-read text passages for students of varying reading levels, integrated vocabulary words, and essential questions to bring focus to the main point of each chapter. These textbooks also have chapters that are broken up into common sense structures that not too long. Throughout the chapters are pictures that add to the information in the text.
Besides the textbook, most "History Alive!" programs also include Interactive Student Notebooks that allow students to complete activities that coordinate with the text. At the start of each chapter, students answer a preview question to ready them for the content to be taught. While reading, learning and participating in activities about the chapter topic, students complete graphic organizers that act as notes. At the conclusion of the chapter, the Processing activity allows students to summarize what they learned.
"History Alive!" comes in a variety of subjects and grade levels. At the middle school level, there are "History Alive!" programs for ancient history, medieval history, U.S. history up to industrialism, and U.S. history up to modern times. The high school "History Alive!" programs are World Connections and Pursuing American Ideals. Besides the history topics, TCi also creates "Geography Alive!", "Econ Alive!" and "Science Alive!"