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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Have students complete the ThinkIt unit as directed.
- Ask students the theme question again and have them record any new answers they have in their Reader’s Journals.
- 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.
|Series 4 Theme||Theme Question||ThinkIt Correlation*|
|Trust||How do you earn someone's trust?||Junior Great Books orientation|
|Resourcefulness||What does it mean to be resourceful?||Wright Brothers, Inc.|
|Communication||What makes communication successful|
and what makes it unsuccessful?
|Disobeying the Dogs|
|Strength||What does it mean to be strong?||Doris and the End of the World|
Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic
|Integrity||What does it mean to have integrity?||The Stranger|
My Time on the Mount
|Perspective||Why 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.