Please join fellow educators on Monday, December 13, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. central time for a special holiday-themed Shared Inquiry™ discussion of “Small Acts Make a Big Difference,” a moving account of how young people have stepped up in a big way to help out in their own communities. Learn how:

  • Kymani raised money to provide meals and hygiene bags to homeless people.
  • Abigail brought her love of singing to nursing homes and children’s hospitals.
  • Jessica donated stuffed animals to comfort kids who had experienced fires in their homes.

These stories will inspire you and generate plenty of ideas for a discussion of this text from Junior Great Books® Nonfiction Inquiry 3 (for third-grade students). Your expert Great Books discussion leader will ask questions like:

  • Which of these ways to help your community would you most want to try?
  • Which volunteer’s project would you like to join?
  • Which project would be the easiest? Which would be the hardest?

As you consider these thought-provoking questions, you will discover how posing them in your own classroom makes students really think. Your leader will ask you, just as teachers everywhere who practice Shared Inquiry do, to back up your opinions with evidence from the text. You will get the chance to read closely, offer your own interpretations of the text, listen carefully to what others are saying, and enjoy the entire experience!

Just download the sample lesson plans for Junior Great Books Nonfiction Inquiry directly from this page and register for the event today. Be sure to read “Small Acts Make a Big Difference,” which appears on pages 18–24 of the sample lesson plans, at least twice before you come to the discussion. We are confident you will find that rich nonfiction texts generate the same kind of interest and enthusiasm that fiction selections do!

To learn more about Junior Great Books fiction and nonfiction programs, please select your state or location below and schedule a brief meeting with your Great Books educational consultant. We will be happy to discuss the many ways that inquiry-based learning invites participation from all students and brings equity and inclusion to your classrooms!