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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Every module, in each grade, focuses on a topic essential for building background knowledge, vocabulary, and writing skills. 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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What if you could provide your developing and emerging readers with accessible books that build knowledge and fuel their passion for learning to read? You can with Geodes™, a new approach to early literacy that pairs specific decoding strategies with content and vocabulary knowledge in wonderfully rich, beautifully illustrated books for budding readers.


When it comes to measuring your students’ success in English language arts (ELA), which factors really matter? The answer may surprise you. Join us Tuesday, March 26, at 4:00 p.m. ET for a free webinar discussion on various types of student achievement assessments. The presenters will also discuss why it’s important to focus on instruction that is integrated, not skills based.

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.  


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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