What topics will my children study as part of the Wit & Wisdom English curriculum?

When students know a lot about a topic and know the vocabulary associated with that topic, they become stronger readers who can more easily learn new information. To build students’ knowledge, each Wit & Wisdom English module provides resources for 6–8 weeks of deep study of one topic, considered from multiple perspectives.

There are countless topics worth studying. When our team considered what knowledge would best empower students to access and understand the world, we honed in on literature, science, and history topics that would provide a solid foundation on which students can build.

Literary texts featured in the Wit & Wisdom English curriculum draw students into engaging stories told in exemplary ways. Kindergarteners enjoy Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, learning how rhythm and rhyme bring a text to life. Fourth graders explore how poetry can unleash powerful emotions in Love That Dog by Sharon Creech. Fifth graders explore Shakespeare’s Elizabethan England through a close read of Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood, and eighth graders dive into A Midsummer Night’s Dream to understand the bard’s genius. Through the exploration of poetry, prose, novels, and short stories, the depth of what literature can offer deepens students’ understanding of the world and inspires a love of reading.

Scientific topics in selected texts illuminate the realities of our world. Topics range from weather (Grade 1) to the circulatory system (Grade 4) to epidemics (Grade 7). Students closely read texts on scientific topics that deepen their understanding of the experiments and scientific study they do as part of their science classes.

Students explore American history in each grade, K–8. Kindergarteners learn about the construction of the White House, third graders read about the experiences of immigrants at Ellis Island, and fifth graders explore the reality of the Civil War. Informational texts on these topics are integrated with engaging literature to complement and reinforce knowledge building.

Parents can take advantage of students’ growing knowledge with trips to local museums, science centers, and historical sites. Students are often excited to demonstrate their growing expertise, which can spark exploration of new and interesting areas that all family members can enjoy.

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