The Impact of Junior Great Books

The Great Books Foundation provides outstanding inquiry-based English language arts programs for grades K–12 that improve students’ academic achievement and contribute to vibrant, collaborative classroom communities in a wide variety of schools across the US and internationally.

Junior Great Books® programs combine high-quality classroom materials and the Shared Inquiry™ method to develop student competencies that directly align with best practices according to the science of reading. Junior Great Books combines rich, complex texts and student-centered inquiry to increase reading comprehension, develop critical thinking skills, foster civil discourse, and engage students in authentic learning experiences.

Listen to what Erin Mohr has to say about Junior Great Books and fluency practice!

How Junior Great Books Builds Skilled Readers

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Kids reading in classroom. What Makes A Good Reader

What Makes a Good Reader? It’s Complicated

Editor’s Note: Our longtime professional learning consultant Denise Ahlquist wrote this additional piece on aspects of reading instruction and the “science of reading” recently, and it’s certainly worth sharing again.

When it comes to “essential questions” asked by educators and families, here’s one that is surely high on the list: What practices most help all students flourish as readers, thinkers, and communicators?

Teachers, schools, and districts rightly devote much time and many resources to teaching students to read because, more than almost anything else, mastering this complex skill makes such a difference in their future lives. Children who successfully learn to read are then able to use reading to continue to learn, in school and far beyond.

Kids reading in classroom. What Makes A Good Reader

Yet despite decades of research and the dedicated efforts of educators, too many students still fall short of proficiency in reading, a situation exacerbated by the disruptions of the pandemic. In recent years, renewed attention has been paid to ensuring that the latest “science of reading” is being utilized by teachers to best serve all students as they learn and practice this complex skill throughout their education.