Junior Great Books and Daily 5 Claudia Burke and Shannon Wilson What is Junior Great Books? A program designed around engaging literature that focuses on extending student thinking Students are encouraged to form and respond to interpretive questions The instruction for each text culminates with a Shared Inquiry Discussion JGB: What is Shared Inquiry? After multiple readings of the text and a variety of instructional activities, students come together to explore the meaning of the piece of literature. They share their insights (rooted in textual evidence) and respond to each others’ ideas. What is Daily 5? A structure that helps students develop reading, writing, and vocabulary independently. Focuses on choices and student direction. Enables the teacher to work effectively with small groups while other students work on meaningful tasks. How do JGB and Daily 5 fit together? Both of these instructional designs encourage student independence and student “choice.” JGB teacher editions include aspects which fit with Daily 5: Vocabulary instruction (Word Work) Writing extensions (Work on Writing) Directed Notes (Read to Someone or Self) How to Start JGB Find the resources your school may have! Many schools have JGB sets and teacher editions from the early 1990s. The AIG department purchased new editions last year which can be checked out from ADR. Ask someone who went to last year’s training! Practice Session Pre-reading First Read Have you ever apologized for something and said it was an accident? Write down a question you have or something that seems important in the poem. Second Read (Directed Notes) S = Sorry NS = Not Sorry This Is Just to Say William Carlos Williams I have eaten The plums That were in The icebox And which You were probably Saving For breakfast Forgive me They were delicious So sweet And so cold Shared Inquiry Discussion According to the poem, does the narrator regret eating the plums? Examples of Word Work Students Examples from the poem might include icebox, forgive, and delicious. Other can research unfamiliar words. opportunities for word study: compound words Prefixes and suffixes Synonyms and antonyms Also see ideas in JGB teacher editions! Examples of Work on Writing Students can write questions they have about the text and answer other student questions. Students write about the stories using strategies from Daily 5 such as inferring, summarizing, identifying main idea, etc. Your teacher Edition of JGB will have more ideas for writing as well. Conclusion JGB and Daily 5 fit together as a framework for teaching literacy. Both are aligned with Common Core Standards. The texts are rigorous and designed to require close reading. JGB and Daily 5 actively engage students as well as utilize multiple intelligences. Incorporates differentiation for all learners. Best of all, kids love it!