Working Together—Junior Great Books® Series 4 & ThinkIt®

It’s easy to extend critical thinking to nonfiction materials when you combine Junior Great Books Series 4 with Junior Great Books ThinkIt.
Here’s how:

  1. Begin any of the Junior Great Books themes listed in the chart below by asking students the theme question and having them complete the theme introduction page of the Reader’s Journal.
  2. Once you complete the stories for a theme, return to the theme question and have students record any new answers in their Reader’s Journals.
  3. Inform students that you’re moving on to a ThinkIt unit that shares a similar theme and that you will revisit the theme question at the end of the unit.
  4. Have students complete the ThinkIt unit as directed.
  5. Ask students the theme question again and have them record any new answers they have in their Reader’s Journals.
  6. In addition, you can give your students the option of using the ThinkIt selection in the text comparison portion of the Series 4 story-to-story connection activities.


Correlation Chart

Series 4 ThemeTheme QuestionThinkIt Correlation*
TrustHow do you earn someone's trust?Junior Great Books orientation
ResourcefulnessWhat does it mean to be resourceful?Wright Brothers, Inc.
CommunicationWhat makes communication successful
and what makes it unsuccessful?
Disobeying the Dogs
StrengthWhat does it mean to be strong?Doris and the End of the World
Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic
IntegrityWhat does it mean to have integrity?The Stranger
My Time on the Mount
PerspectiveWhy might someone try to see something
from a different perspective?
Bad Mistakes on Aconcagua
Christmas Eve Crevasse

*Please note that not all ThinkIt units correspond to a Junior Great Books Series 4 theme.

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