Did you know that the immortal words, “ ‘Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,’ ” were penned by the American poet Emma Lazarus in her sonnet “The New Colossus”? Did you know that Lazarus wrote the poem in 1883 to raise funds for the construction of a pedestal for the Statue of Liberty? In 1903, a bronze plaque with the poem was mounted inside the pedestal.

What have these words meant to you in your understanding of the United States’ attitude about immigration? Have our collective ideas about immigrants changed since the statue was raised?

Discuss these questions and many others as part of our FREE Shared Inquiry™ discussion series exclusively for educators on one of two dates in June. Just read the poem below—at least twice—to prepare for the discussion.

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 the classroom, come to enjoy a discussion facilitated by an expert Great Books trainer!

Two time slots are available for this FREE Shared Inquiry discussion:

  • Tuesday, June 15, 2021, noon–1:00 p.m. central time
  • Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 3:00–4:00 p.m. central time

Please contact your Great Books Foundation educational consultant if you have any questions about the Shared Inquiry method or about Great Books professional development or classroom materials. We look forward to hosting you in our new discussion series!