How did Great Minds come up with the themes on which Wheatley Portfolio is based?
The unit themes grew organically out of the process of selecting exemplar texts. The teachers who wrote the curriculum intentionally chose themes that would resonate with students, as well as lend coherence to the skills and content addressed. Some of the themes introduced in the early elementary grades, such as courage, re-emerge in later years. We have done so in a deliberate attempt to invite students to wrestle with some of the “great ideas,” a hallmark of a liberal education. We hope that as students progress through school, they will consider the themes at greater levels of depth.