With thought-provoking texts ranging from classic favorites to contemporary works you won’t see elsewhere, our completely revised Junior Great Books 6–8 incorporates research-tested strategies to make inquiry accessible to students working at all levels. Engage your middle school students in collaborative, text-centered discussions and watch their reading comprehension, critical thinking, writing, and speaking and listening skills take off!

Junior Great Books Series 6–8 is easy to use no matter how you’re teaching, since our materials are available in print and online through Junior Great Books Digital Classroom. We also offer customized professional development to help you take your inquiry teaching skills to the next level and build a strong implementation.

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“We can all come together, discuss a topic, think about other people’s opinions about the book, and have really productive conversations about it.”

Eighth-Grade Junior Great Books Student

Download Free Sample Lesson Plans

See for yourself how powerful the readings and strategies in these anthologies are by downloading the sample lesson plans on this page. The lesson plans include the complete texts of one nonfiction text and one poem:

  • “Friends of the Hide” by Timothy Egan
  • “At work with my father” by Eve L. Ewing

The lesson plans also show an overview of the inquiry-based activities for each selection, including text-specific options for prereading, note taking, and discussion questions. Writing is integrated throughout the reading and discussion process, with Reader’s Journal pages that help students record their thinking at each step and build strong essays after discussion. Supports for an inquiry-centered writing process include evidence organizers, drafting guides, and peer review checklists.

Features of Junior Great Books Series 6–8

  • 20 high-quality texts per grade level, with 10 fiction selections, 8 nonfiction texts, and 2 poems
  • In-depth reading, critical thinking, and writing activities
  • Multiple note-taking options for each text, including author’s craft notes
  • Differentiated instruction for every core activity
  • Formal and informal assessment options
  • Teacher support and online resources
  • Print and digital options

View the complete tables of contents for Series 6, Series 7, or Series 8.

These new materials meet state and national standards in English language arts and maintain the Junior Great Books focus on our Shared Inquiry™ method of learning, which powerfully combines close reading, critical thinking, and collaboration. Our inquiry-based approach to learning has been recognized as effective by the US Department of Education, Learning Forward, and other studies of curricula. In addition, our core activities and student reflection options support widely recognized social and emotional learning skills.

Would you like to bring this exciting series to your classroom? Please contact your K–12 partnership manager today!