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Great Books K-12 programs combine the Shared Inquiry™ method of learning with outstanding classroom materials to enable students to read, think, and write more effectively. Teachers learn the Shared Inquiry method in our professional learning courses, then use our teacher's editions, student anthologies, and other classroom materials to conduct a successful Great Books program.

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The Cure for the Common Core! Our programs align almost seamlessly with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. Click here to download a Great Books/Common Core lesson plan for the grade level of your choice. Find out just how closely we align to CCSS!

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How do you encourage critical thinking during classroom discussion?

Your teaching idea can earn you valuable cash and resources for your classroom.

When it comes to learning, nothing matters more than teaching students to think critically and independently. And one way to help your kids to become great thinkers is to lead them in classroom discussions that take them beyond the facts and into a world of deeper understanding. We want to know what strategies you use to take your classroom discussions to a more meaningful level.

What are your ideas for:

  • Utilizing standards, like the Common Core, to guide you as you lead classroom discussions.
  • Engaging your students to think beyond the simple facts about any given book, topic or event.
  • Finding effective discussion strategies that facilitate evocative classroom conversations.

Contest Details

The Great Books Foundation is the sponsor and WeAreTeachers is the official administrator of this program.

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Apply By:
November 13
November 22 - December 13
Winner(s) Announced:
December 17
How It Works
  1. Submit a teaching idea. It takes as little as 5 minutes. Here are some simple tips to get started!
  2. Our teacher panel will choose 10 teaching ideas as merit finalists.
  3. Merit finalists are entered into the final round for voting. You can invite your colleagues, friends and family to vote for your idea.

Prize Package

5 winners will receive:

$100 cash grant

iPod touch to capture your idea in action

Plus, the top five vote getters will get to attend a Great Books professional learning course with two colleagues and each attendee will receive a classroom set of materials to help implement what they learn.
(Note: By commenting here, you are not submitting an application. To apply for this grant, click on the submit button above.)
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