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Literature & Thought

Grades 6–12

Unit studies for critical thinking, reading, and writing

Literature & Thought provides a wealth of opportunities for students to develop critical reading, writing, and thinking skills through the close reading of complex texts. With unparalleled flexibility to meet today’s curriculum needs, the program is designed to engage students and promote active discourse.

Develop Critical Readers & Writers

Each of the 25 anthologies has a central essential question to guide reading, writing, and discussion. Each unit within an anthology focuses on a critical thinking skill. Through a cluster of related readings, students learn to

  • apply close reading skills, reading deeply for meaning
  • compare and contrast texts
  • engage in active discourse
  • learn and apply specific critical thinking, analytical, and evaluation skills
  • respond and share ideas through writing, speaking, and listening activities

Active Discourse & Literacy

As students read the high-interest selections, discussion guides assist teachers in engaging students in sharing ideas and evidence with the whole class, a small group, or in peer conversations.

Students develop communication and literacy skills as they collaborate to uncover meaning, gain new perspectives, and respond through discussion, writing, and a range of media.

Stimulate Reading, Writing & Discussion

Close Reading
A close reading skills handbook helps students develop questioning strategies; modify strategies based on the type of text; identify, incorporate, and cite textual evidence; and compare texts and media.

Writing
Writing activities and support throughout includes responding to clusters, developing critical thinking through writing, assessing progress using rubrics, and extension projects.

Speaking & Listening
Both student questioning strategies and the Discussion Guide support materials encourage active dialogue in whole class, small group, and peer-to-peer communications throughout the before-, during-, and after-reading process.

Word Study
Develop academic and discipline-specific vocabulary through concept vocabulary, selections, and writing activities.

Assessment
Evaluate student progress through multiple assessment options, writing activities, and project suggestions.