The NEW Junior Great Books Virtual Academy strengthens skills in:

Critical Thinking

Reading Comprehension

Speaking and Listening

Writing

What Students, Parents, and Educators Have to Say

Online Student Discussions

Using the Junior Great Books curriculum, the Junior Great Books Virtual Academy combines novels, nonfiction, poetry, and interactive reading activities with student-centered online discussions to help students develop their ideas, use and explain evidence, and respond constructively to their peers.

  • Format: Four- and eight-week sessions where students meet for 60 minutes once a week
  • Price: $149–$259
  • Dates: Summer begins June 28, 2021

Summer Virtual Academy Sessions

A Wrinkle in Time

For Grades 5–7

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 own 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

Join us as we read and discuss texts from the Junior Great Books Nonfiction Inquiry series, including 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!

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, and respond constructively to their peers. Expert Great Books discussion leaders will guide students to think deeply about big ideas while having fun.

Nonfiction Inquiry

For Grades 5–6

Join us as we read and discuss texts from the Junior Great Books Nonfiction Inquiry series, including 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!

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, and respond constructively to their peers. Expert Great Books discussion leaders will guide students to think deeply about big ideas while having fun.

Coming Soon

Fall Virtual Academy Sessions
Winter Virtual Academy Sessions