Shared Inquiry™ isn’t just a useful learning method for reading and understanding fiction texts. It can be used to delve deeply into nonfiction texts, too!

Junior Great Books® Nonfiction Inquiry for grades 2–5 engages your students with fascinating selections from a variety of content areas—including social studies, STEM, life sciences, physical sciences, American history, and economics.

What is Nonfiction Inquiry?

The Junior Great Books Nonfiction Inquiry program features thought-provoking nonfiction selections that yield rich questions. Texts explore historical and contemporary issues and align with national social studies and science standards. They also connect to concepts in Junior Great Books literature so that students can meaningfully compare texts across genres and curricular areas.

Each Nonfiction Inquiry unit presents an engaging sequence of activities that clearly and consistently develops students’ reading comprehension, critical thinking, language, and writing skills. Features include:

  • Engaging nonfiction
  • In-depth reading, critical thinking, and writing activities
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Research-based learning
  • Accountability measures
  • Professional learning and teacher support

Junior Great Books students reading together while preparing for a shared inquiry discussion

Download FREE Nonfiction Inquiry Sample Lesson Plans!

This booklet includes:

  • Overview of the Nonfiction Inquiry activity sequence
  • Complete text selection of “Small Acts Make a Big Difference,” which describes the ways people in communities work together and profiles three different children who work to improve their communities
  • Additional teacher resources
  • Links to specific texts in the fiction series

With Junior Great Books Nonfiction Inquiry, in-depth exploration of social studies and science topics becomes engaging and rewarding for both teachers and students. All Nonfiction Inquiry Teacher’s Editions, as well as the sample lesson plans, include tables showing the content area and focus for each text. They also include Text-to-Text Connection prompts that allow students to compare and contrast a related text from the corresponding Junior Great Books fiction series.

Get Started Today!

If you’d like to engage your students in discussions and activities about thought-provoking nonfiction texts that explore contemporary and historical issues—and align with national social studies and science standards—take a look at Junior Great Books Nonfiction Inquiry! Schedule a quick meeting with your K–12 partnership manager to discuss the materials and Shared Inquiry training you’ll need to bring this exciting program to your classroom.