The Junior Great Books Virtual Academy™ offers an enjoyable way for students to strengthen their skills in critical thinking, reading comprehension, speaking and listening, and writing. By combining interactive reading activities with student-centered discussions, this program helps students:

  • Develop their ideas
  • Use and explain evidence
  • Respond constructively to their peers
  • Have fun exchanging ideas

Expert Great Books discussion leaders with years of experience facilitate the sessions. They will guide students to think deeply about big ideas while having fun.

97% of parents and teachers said they would enroll their student in a future session!

Junior Great Books Virtual Academy Summer 2021 Sessions

NEW! A Wrinkle in Time

For Grades 5–7

Tuesdays, June 29–July 20, 2021 • 1:00–2:00 p.m. central time • Register
Wednesdays, June 30–July 21, 2021 • 2:00–3:00 p.m. central time • Register

Join us as we journey through the novel A Wrinkle in Time! This session will engage middle-grade readers in expanding their critical thinking and collaborative learning abilities through Shared Inquiry™. Together, the group will engage in a joyful exploration of the novel by reading, speaking, listening, and journaling as they develop and share their ideas. Readers will be asked to read three chapters of the book and make entries in their reader reflection journals in preparation for each session.

Each session will be customized to readers’ interests and always include sharing of reader questions and individual explorations, a Shared Inquiry discussion, and opportunity for reflection. Expert Great Books discussion leaders will guide readers to think deeply about the complex themes of this novel while having fun.

Nonfiction Inquiry

For Grades 3–4

Tuesdays, June 29–July 20, 2021 • 3:00–4:00 p.m. central time • Register
Thursdays, July 1–22, 2021 • noon–1:00 p.m. central time • Register

Join us as we read and discuss texts from the Junior Great Books® Nonfiction Inquiry series, which covers topics in science, social studies, and STEM. Students will read about young people who invented power-generating devices, people who risked their own safety to protect and rescue those in danger during a hurricane, and more!

Nonfiction Inquiry

For Grades 5–6

Wednesdays, June 30–July 21, 2021 • noon–1:00 p.m. central time • Register
Thursdays, July 1–22, 2021 • 2:00–3:00 p.m. central time • Register

Students will read and discuss texts from the Junior Great Books Nonfiction Inquiry series, which covers topics in science, social studies, American history, and economics. Students will learn about the opportunities and challenges of settlers in the American West, explore how the characteristics and atmospheres of different planets create surprising types of weather, and more!