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Wit & Wisdom

5th Grade

Wit and Wisdom is a K-8 English curriculum written and owned by Great Minds. We love it because it brings rich content into the classroom.  Wit and Wisdom helps you meet the expectations of the standards while celebrating the joy of reading and writing with your students. These files are meant to supplement classrooms who have purchased the Wit and Wisdom curriculum materials from Great Minds.

Module 1 | Cultures in Conflict

Explore the impact of United States’ territorial growth through the eyes of one Native American tribe, the Nez Perce. The module examines the cultural conflict between Native American and European American societies by asking students to consider how the beliefs and values of a culture, specifically the Nez Perce tribe, guide the actions of its people.

5th Grade Module 1 Resource List LINK

5th Grade Module 1 Resource Files LINK

Module 2 | Word Play

The English language, with its rich, hybrid history and innumerable sounds and word choices, is ripe with opportunity for wordplay. It almost begs for it! But why play with words? Writers like Lewis Carroll and Norton Juster prove that wordplay can be a worthy and thought-provoking challenge, a source of fantastic amusement, and a splendid avenue for conveying meaning.

5th Grade Module 2 Resource List LINK

5th Grade Module 2 Resource Files LINK

Module 3 | A War Between Us

With no common ground to be found between the North and South on the issue of sovereignty over slavery, the nation plunged into civil war. Through the eyes of young soldiers who experienced the Civil War, students learn about this transformative period of American history.

5th Grade Module 3 Resource List LINK

5th Grade Module 3 Resource Files LINK

Module 4 | Breaking Barriers

History is filled with examples of individual athletes, teams, and coaches who have overcome adversity and challenged barriers of race, gender, culture, and class. This module explores the power that sports and individual athletes have to tear down social barriers and to strengthen individuals and communities.

5th Grade Module 4 Resource List LINK

5th Grade Module 4 Resource Files LINK

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