Resources & Recommendations



Recommended Student Reading

All students are encouraged to create a Goodreads account, where he or she can learn about new books, share favorites with others, and write reviews. Primary students, please also see the list of Caldecott Medal books. For grades 3-6, please also see the list of Newbery Medal Award winners. Click on the links below for a printable PDF of the applicable list(s).

Recommended Reading Lists by Grade

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Shared Inquiry Methods

Socrates of Athens developed shared inquiry into a method of pursuing truth. In modern practice, this distinctive shared inquiry method is a collaborative, discussion-based approach to stories and literature developed, refined, and advocated by the Great Books Foundation for more than 60 years. An important feature of LCA’s classroom style is seminar-based learning, which uses these guidelines for productive discourse and learning:

  • Beware of forming an opinion about a work too quickly.

  • Relate all comments to the work being discussed.

  • Support opinions with specific content in the work.

  • Strive for dialogue – conversation with others – rather than a series of monologues.

  • Seek to include all others in the conversation.

  • Consider questions as a good way to enter the conversation.

  • Relate comments to one that has gone before, affording those who follow a similar chance.

  • Avoid dominating discussion with comments that are too lengthy or of little interest to others.

  • Employ courtesy and civility in all communications.

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Cultivating Habits of Mind

A habit of mind is a composite of many skills, attitudes, cues, past experiences, and proclivities that serve as an established framework for handling challenges, enabling creativity and innovation, and supporting of lifetime of emotional intelligence and sound decision making. LCA’s curriculum is inspired by the 16 attributes, termed habits of mind, identified by notable educators Arthur L. Costa, Ed.D and Bena Kallick, Ph.D. We encourage students to “think about thinking,” developing metacognitive skills as they progress. The 16 habits of minds are:

  1. Persisting

  2. Thinking and communicating with clarity and precision

  3. Managing impulsivity

  4. Gathering data through all senses

  5. Listening with understanding and empathy

  6. Creating, imagining, innovating

  7. Thinking flexibly

  8. Responding with wonderment and awe

  9. Thinking about thinking (metacognition)

  10. Taking responsible risks

  11. Striving for accuracy

  12. Finding humor

  13. Questioning and posing problems

  14. Thinking interdependently

  15. Applying past knowledge to new situations

  16. Remaining open to continuous learning

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