A conversation with Steven Wolk

Steven Wolk, author of Caring Hearts & Critical Minds recently sat down to talk about his book on The Professors, a program on Chicago’s PBS station WYCC. The interview covers a wide range of topics, from reaching reluctant readers to school reform and parent involvement. You can watch the full interview on the WYCC website. Make sure to also check out a second clip with Steve where he gives book recommendations for young readers.


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Now Online: Caring Hearts & Critical Minds

“We want our students to read widely, read texts that will open their hearts and challenge their minds, and read critically and wisely. We want students to own these habits of mind so they will use them outside of our classrooms, over the summer, and throughout their lives.”

Working with author and educator Steven Wolk, six Chicago middle school teachers designed and field-tested eight literature-based inquiry units, with the goal of encouraging deeper reading, thinking, and talking. In the new book Caring Hearts & Critical Minds, Wolk shares their successes and challenges.

Featuring a remarkable range of recommended resources and hundreds of novels from across the literary genres, Caring Hearts & Critical Minds takes you step-by-step through the process of creating rigorous lessons about topics kids care about–from media and the environment to personal happiness and global poverty. Wolk shows you how to find stimulating, real-world “complex texts” called for in the Common Core State Standards and integrate them into literature units. As students make personal connections to characters and events, they also develop deeper curiosity about the world and tolerance for others.

Caring Hearts & Critical Minds will be released in the first week of February, and you can pre-order and preview the entire book online now.

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