Introduction to Great Books for Grades 9–12

In the Introduction to Great Books series, students have many opportunities to interact with thought-provoking literature as they develop their reading, writing, oral communication, and critical thinking skills. Because of the Great Books Foundation’s emphasis on discussion and interpretation, all students—regardless of their experience with reading challenging literature—will be able to contribute and will grow in their ability to do so.

This series combines outstanding fiction and nonfiction from classic and contemporary masters, all chosen for their ability to encourage the enjoyment of reading and the interpretation of literature.

Literature & Thought for Grades 6–12

Bring the power of critical thinking to your classroom discussions on government, citizenship, civics, and US history with selected titles from the Literature & Thought series, which features corresponding Great Books discussion guides and teacher guides. Grouped by theme, genre, and historical era, these selections allow teachers to create their own literature program, supplement any basal program, or integrate literature with history, social studies, or science.

Literature & Thought student, teacher, and discussion guides feature:

  • High-quality literature, literary nonfiction, and content-rich informational texts
  • Essential questions that help develop critical thinking skills
  • Overview of close reading and the Shared Inquiry discussion approach
  • Strategies for initial reading, second reading, and close reading
  • Discussion questions for key selections
  • Planning guides and thinking skills instruction

Great Books Science for Grades 9–12

Scientists advance knowledge by asking questions and posing and testing hypotheses. They are constantly building on the ideas and discoveries of predecessors and working collaboratively with others in their field. Shared Inquiry mirrors the scientific process as group members explore questions about the text, weigh support for answers, and refine their ideas in response to others’ insights. Investigate the key readings we have collected on three major areas of science: biology, environmental science, and physics.

New Edition! The Nature of Life: Readings in Biology

This new two-volume edition features:

  • Seven new selections
  • Content, application, and discussion questions to fuel great classroom discussions
  • Correlation with Next Generation Science Standards topics
  • Classic scientific texts and recent discoveries

Social Studies and Civics for Grades 9–12

The Great Books method of learning improves reading comprehension, critical thinking, and writing. Our social studies and civics anthologies contain outstanding selections on human rights, civic engagement, and the history of American democracy through primary source documents, essays, memoirs, poetry, and more. These classic and contemporary texts examine and explore the formation of American democracy, the concept of human rights, and the connection between the inner life and public service.

Great Books social studies and civics anthologies:

  • Enable students to examine important historical documents critically
  • Guide classroom discussion through the Shared Inquiry approach to learning
  • Help students think more broadly about social and political issues

Many Voices Literature for Grades 9–12

Make American, British, and world literature meaningful and enjoyable with these titles from the Many Voices Literature series. Each of these anthologies has a special focus on essential literary strategies and concepts, and offers students a new perspective on their world.

Many Voices Literature student, teacher, and discussion guides feature:

  • High-quality fiction and informational texts by prominent authors
  • An appropriate mix of text complexity to support differentiated instruction for all types of learners
  • Overview of close reading and the Shared Inquiry discussion approach
  • Prereading activities, note-taking prompts, writing prompts, and a sampling of interpretive questions that can be used to stimulate discussion of key selections