The Facts About Wit & Wisdom®

And Its Impact


It starts with the books. Excellent texts are at the center of Wit & Wisdom®. Students build knowledge through carefully curated core texts that

  • are rich with content that piques curiosity,
  • represent grade-level complexity, and
  • showcase diverse perspectives.
Learn more about our approach to developing a curriculum based on knowledge-building texts that engage students in productive struggle and joyful learning.

Speak with a Great Minds® representative to access free Wit & Wisdom core text sample kits.

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The Facts About Wit & Wisdom®

And Its Impact


It starts with the books. Excellent texts are at the center of Wit & Wisdom. Students build knowledge through carefully curated core texts that

  • are rich with content that piques curiosity,
  • represent grade-level complexity, and
  • showcase diverse perspectives.
Learn more about our approach to developing a curriculum based on knowledge-building texts that engage students in productive struggle and joyful learning.

Speak with a Great Minds® representative to access free Wit & Wisdom core text sample kits.

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What People are Saying About Wit & Wisdom

“I was initially hesitant about new curriculum, but it won me over for its excellent texts and intellectually stimulating content. The depth of knowledge that students build is incredible, and lesson planning is enjoyable again because it’s about helping kids to internalize content. Also, representation matters, and I saw myself, my kids, and ourcommunity.”

— Kyair Butts
Grade 6 Teacher, Baltimore City Public Schools, Maryland

“The biggest differentiator with Wit & Wisdom is the quality of the texts. The kids are so engaged, they can’t wait to get back to the books.”

—Jen Arellano
Teacher, Bonsall Elementary School, Bonsall Unified School District, California

“ In student conversations, seminars, group work and writing, we see each day that our kids can do abundantly more than we’d imagined. Our dream now is to keep raising the bar and watching our students push evenhigher.”

—Scott Langford
Assistant Director of Schools for Instruction, Sumner County Schools, Tennessee

“Students make connections that have never crossed my mind…They struggle but are willing to struggle. What I also see is how amazing students’ End of Module tasks turn out. Students are proud of their work and want to share.”

—Jessica Godsey
Grade 7, English Language Arts Teacher, Mad River Local Schools, Ohio

“The texts were intentionally selected to provide opportunities for students to see themselves reflected in them and also to open up for students a knowledge of the world and the world of ideas.”

—Shawn Kimble, Lauderdale County (TN)

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    FOR DISTRICTS

    English Language Arts:

    STATE STANDARDS ALIGNMENT STUDIES

    The texts and tasks included in Wit & Wisdom present opportunities to practice and master the skills that state standards require. Instead of addressing standards one by one, in isolation, the tasks and activities associated with each Wit & Wisdom text integrate multiple standards from the Common Core State Standards strands of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language strands. Various standards from every strand are integrated throughout each module.

    Access detailed analyses that demonstrate how each grade of Wit & Wisdom aligns with specific state standards.

     

    Great Minds Response to

    STATE ANTI-CRITICAL RACE THEORY LEGISLATION

    Great Minds provides students and teachers with dynamic, award-winning texts and instructional materials that offer impartial information about the triumphs and tragedies of the progress of humans throughout history, including the great American experience. To learn how Great Minds complies with the following states laws, please click the link below.

    FOR EDUCATORS

    Classroom Toolkits:
    RESOURCES & SUPPORTS

    Wit & Wisdom teacher resources empower educators to maximize student potential. These in-depth guides help educators get a better understanding of the curriculum, the research that supports our methodologies, and the skills needed for effective implementation and communication

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    FOR FAMILIES

    Knowledge Building Resources:
    FOR STUDENTS

    The knowledge focus of the Wit & Wisdom modules provides a great opportunity for engaging families and caregivers in academic content and conversations. Learning from students about the topics in which they have become experts can be a joyful experience for families—and lead to a desire for continued exploration and study. Access resources about how to share information about Wit & Wisdom with caregivers and inspire families to get involved in their student’s learning.

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    Wit & Wisdom overview for families

    This video provides a brief overview of Wit & Wisdom instruction for districts or schools to share with families and caregivers.

    Información general sobre
    Wit & Wisdom
    para las familias

    Este video contiene información general sobre Wit & Wisdom para que los distritos o escuelas la compartan con familias o cuidadores.

     

    TALK WITH A REPRESENTATIVE

    To learn more about the Wit & Wisdom Curriculum, and get access to a free Core Text Sample Kit