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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Today I have posted some information on the Great Books Program, followed by some opportunites they provide. This method - Shared Inquiry - is powerful for all students. For too long, the use of instructional best practices has been limited to the more able students - with the assumption the less able needed skill and drill. This is not a research based reality. Here is an opportunity to receive some great training to help all students succeed while becoming aligned with the CCSS. Enjoy



Great Books Programs Meet Common Core Standards for Grades 2–8

Download a free lesson plan for your grade level!

Dear Darlene Bassett,

Throughout the country, thousands of educators recognize that Great Books programs are the very embodiment of Common Core.

For more than 50 years, we have been teaching students how to:
  • Think critically
  • Read for deep comprehension
  • Engage in great discussions
  • Write persuasive essays citing evidence from the text

We accomplish these goals with our own highly sophisticated version of the Socratic method, Shared Inquiry.™ More than any other curriculum and professional learning provider, we emphasize collaborative discussion, powerful questioning, and responses supported by evidence in the text.

Download a free lesson plan for your grade level that shows how specific Great Books activities meet Common Core State Standards!

Great Books Programs: The Cure for the Common Core®

Great Books October Webinars

Advance your Shared Inquiry skills or learn how to be a Great Books volunteer leader!

Make a difference in your community by becoming a Great Books volunteer, learn how to use the abundant power of student questions, or help develop students’ reading comprehension of informational text. Click on the webinar title you want to register today!

October 15 and 16, 2013, 10 a.m.–noon central
Fee: $99
This two-part webinar prepares participants to begin conducting Shared Inquiry™ discussions as a volunteer Great Books leader. It is intended to help participants organize a discussion-only, enrichment Great Books program using the Shared Inquiry method of learning through reading and discussion of outstanding literature.

The Power of Student QuestionsOctober 16, 2013, 3–4:30 p.m. central
Fee: $50
This intermediate-level course will help you teach students how to pose better questions, identify different kinds of questions, and focus on the questions that will best help them build their understanding of the selection. You will learn how to stimulate students’ initial curiosity about a specific text and guide them to become active partners in inquiry.

The Close Reading ProcessOctober 17, 2013, 3–4:30 p.m. central
Fee: $50
Upper elementary and high school teachers can attend this intermediate-level course to help develop students’ reading comprehension of informational texts. In the webinar, teachers will learn how to:
  • Improve students’ reading and thinking
  • Identify students’ needs and learn strategies to meet them
  • Work through concrete steps that help students manage difficult texts
  • Learn questioning methods to improve students’ comprehension.

Space is limited, so reserve your webinar seat now!

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