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Wit & Wisdom

6th 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 | Resilience in the Great Depression

Much of the prosperity of the 1920s was built on a financial house of cards that collapsed in 1929 and plunged the nation into the worst economic situation in its history, the Great Depression. Literature, and a novel in verse, offers a glimpse into the hardships families faced and the triumphs they endured during the Great Depression.

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Module 2 | A Hero's Journey

What are mythological archetypes, and how do they function in ancient stories? What is the relationship between struggle and transformation in the mythological hero’s journey? What lessons does that journey teach us about the value of struggle, disappointment, and failure?

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Module 3 | Narrating the Unknown: Jamestown

The past, perpetually receding and forever mysterious, requires that we use a variety of investigative methods to understand it. Some people learn about the past by reading the work of historians. Others rely on science to unravel the mystery of what came before us. Each method offers glimpses into the obscure and distant stories of the past.

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Module 4 | Courage in Crisis

Can hostile environments develop or catalyze leadership? These against-all-odds stories create an entry into research about inspirational people who responded to personal peril and/or daunting challenges.

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