The most important aspect of our Shared Inquiry™ method is teachers asking students what they think about a text and then listening carefully to the varied answers they hear. It all starts with one genuine interpretive question about the meaning of a rich text that supports more than one point of view. After that, a few well-placed follow-up questions will sustain discussion and yield a rich experience for students and teachers alike!
Join us on October 26 or 27 to discuss “The Scholarship Jacket” by Marta Salinas, and see for yourself how well our method works! Salinas’s story, a work of realistic fiction from Junior Great Books® Series 6, was first published in 1986 in a special issue of the journal Bilingual Review titled Nosotras: Latina Literature Today. You can access the selection by downloading our Junior Great Books Series 6–8 sample unit. Be sure to read it at least once before you join the discussion, twice if you get the chance!
Led by Experienced Great Books Trainers
Each discussion will be led by a seasoned Great Books staff trainer who has years of experience and has led thousands of Shared Inquiry discussions. If you are new to Shared Inquiry, you will learn why this method is so effective in eliciting ideas from students as they discuss the rich fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in Junior Great Books. If you already use Junior Great Books in your classroom, come to enjoy a discussion facilitated by an expert Great Books trainer!
To learn more about the benefits Shared Inquiry can bring to your classroom or to discover the wide variety of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry we have for grades K–8, schedule a meeting with your Great Books educational consultant. Just select your state or location below to set it up. Our consultant will be more than happy to discuss how we can meet your needs!