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ERIC Number: ED441927
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Pages: 72
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The Junior Great Books Program: Reading for Understanding in High-Poverty Urban Elementary Schools.
Wheelock, Anne
In a few urban elementary schools, in-depth, literature-based discussions are taking place under the Junior Great Books Program. For years, Junior Great Books has been a program available to limited numbers of students in special settings. Beginning in 1993, funding from the Ameritech Foundation allowed the Great Books Foundation to support the program as part of the regular curriculum in five urban school districts. Five years later, the Program has substantial evidence that its approach of engaging students in "shared inquiry" about literature's most abiding themes can thrive in high-poverty schools. Program staff have also learned that the implementation of Junior Great Books varies from school to school, classroom to classroom, and teacher to teacher depending on a variety of factors. This report provides a snapshot of three schools using the Junior Great Books Program. Information from the report was derived from site visits, participation in the Junior Great Books leader training, and participation in focus groups about the program. The report lists 10 specific lessons learned about the use of this program in urban schools. Taken together, the 10 lessons show that the poorest students in the United States can benefit from a high quality curriculum that provides all students with opportunities to engage with literature through reading and discussion. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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