Wit & Wisdom
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 | Identity in the Middle Ages
Captivating stories of lords and ladies, millers and pardoners, peasants, poachers, pilgrims, courtly love, castle life, and the plague introduce students to the daily lives of a wide range of medieval Europeans. Immersed in the Middle Ages, the period from about 500 AD to 1500 AD, students focus on identity and character, and the impact of society on both.
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Module 2 | Americans All
Fascist regimes drove global powers into conflict and expansionist Japan pulled America into the Second World War. The experiences of Japanese Americans, Native Americans, and African Americans both challenged and proved the claim that the United States was “united in one single purpose” during World War II.
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Module 3 | Fever
Students investigate one of the pivotal crises in American history: the yellow fever epidemic of 1793. As crises often do, this epidemic illuminated and altered realities of power, prejudice, and human fortitude. Examining large-scale crisis leads us to deeper understanding of our own society—shaped by crises throughout history.
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Module 4 | Language and Power
Leaders understand the power of language to inspire or to control. Advertisers understand how to use words to persuade or to manipulate. Language—the crafted use of words, rhetorical strategies, and styles of expression—has an enormous impact on the power of information and arguments.
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