Wit & Wisdom

From Great Minds, the non-profit that created Eureka Math, Wit & Wisdom is a K-8 English curriculum that brings rich, knowledge-building content into your classroom. Wit & Wisdom helps you meet the expectations of the new standards while celebrating the joy of reading and writing with your students. Teach more meaningful English.

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Curriculum Overview Webinar

Wit & Wisdom is composed of four modules per grade level. Each one artfully explores a specific topic to develop depth of understanding and inspire curiosity. At the core of each module is a selection of literary works, informational texts, and visual art. Our free overview sessions show educators what Wit & Wisdom curriculum resources are available and how to get the most out of your Great Minds account. 

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Books Not Basals

With Wit & Wisdom, every text a student touches is authentic and of the highest quality. Students use these texts at every turn — to learn, and eventually master, essential reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, and vocabulary. Instead of basals, students read books they love, to build knowledge of important topics and master literacy skills. All students read and communicate about grade-level texts, with suggestions for support included at key moments in lessons. 

Integrated not isolated

Students practice reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language based in text. All strands of the standards are integrated throughout each module with:

  • Instructional Routines that empower students to tackle complex texts with increasing independence within and across grades. 
  • Text-Dependent Questions to guide students to a deep understanding and establish a basis for the use of evidence in oral and written communication. 
  • Explicit Writing Instruction to empower students to write essays, narratives, arguments, and informational pieces.  
  • Text-Based Vocabulary that provides the basis for morphology and word work.  
  • Formative Assessments that inform teachers and students on progress towards knowledge and skill mastery.  

Builds Knowledge

Every module in each grade is focused on a topic that is essential for building background knowledge, vocabulary, and more. Whether students are learning about the seasons, the American Revolution, or space exploration they are exposed to works of literature, informational text, and art of the highest quality. Essential topics strategically reoccur, empowering students to deepen understanding of core knowledge across grades K—8.

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Geodes

Great Minds® and Wilson Language Training collaborated to create a new collection of accessible, knowledge-building books for emerging and developing readers. They are Readables™, a unique type of text in which specific decoding strategies are coupled with content and vocabulary knowledge, resulting in wonderfully rich books for budding readers.

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The Wheatley Portfolio

The Wheatley Portfolio is a series of curriculum maps for implementing the CCSS in English Language Arts. These materials provide a firm foundation for standards-based instruction, while giving educators the flexibility to determine the way English Language Arts will be taught in the classroom.

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