Whether you teach young students who are just beginning to read or older children who have long since mastered chapter books, we have content and strategies for you to make sure students are getting the most out of their reading. Students who participate in Junior Great Books:

  • Read more closely
  • Complete note-taking activities that focus attention on key aspects of any text
  • Participate in Move! and Share! Activities that capitalize on different learning styles
  • Learn to think critically about what they read
  • Engage in collaborative discussions and share interpretations with their peers
  • Incorporate writing (or drawing, for younger students) into every phase of investigating a text

Each of the sample lesson plans booklets available here show you:

  • The features and benefits of the Junior Great Books series for your grade level
  • A unit overview and complete interpretive activities from the Teacher’s Edition for one or more texts
  • Complete readings as annotated in the Teacher’s Editions

Junior Great Books Series K and 1

These series for kindergarten and first grade are interactive read-aloud programs focused on helping young learners develop three key Shared Inquiry skills—listening, wondering, and sharing. They provide the literature, challenge, and critical thinking elements essential for “best practice” early literacy instruction. This booklet contains two texts for you and your students to explore:

  • “Those Shoes,” a story by Maribeth Boelts
  • “The Land of Nod,” a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson

Junior Great Books Series 2–5

Junior Great Books programs combine high-quality literature, student-centered discussion, and activities that support reading comprehension, critical thinking, speaking and listening, and writing. Download this booklet to find the complete text and activities for “The Gold Coin,” by Alma Flor Ada.

Junior Great Books Nonfiction Inquiry for Grades 2–5

The Junior Great Books Nonfiction Inquiry program for grades 2–5 brings high-quality nonfiction and student-centered discussion to your classroom while providing a superb framework for practicing reading comprehension, critical thinking, and writing. Download this booklet to see the unit overview, complete activities, and text for “Small Acts Make a Big Difference,” an engaging selection that describes the ways people in communities work together and profiles three different children who work to improve their communities.

Junior Great Books Series 6–8

This new series for middle school, first published in 2020, includes:

  • High-quality texts in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry: 10 stories, 8 nonfiction texts, and 2 poems at each grade level
  • In-depth reading, critical thinking, and writing activities
  • Note-taking options focused on author’s craft
  • Differentiated instruction for every core activity
  • Formal and informal assessment options
  • Teacher support and online resources

Download the sample lesson plans today and see the complete activities and texts for one nonfiction selection, “Friends of the Hide” by Timothy Egan, and “At work with my father” by Eve L. Ewing!

Learn More

Would you like to implement Junior Great Books in your classroom? Contact your K–12 partnership manager today to plan for school year 2022–2023!