Text Sets How To
Text Sets provide students in grades 3-5 a series of resources organized around a specific topic that is both engaging and standards-appropriate. The concepts within each set gradually increase in complexity as students read through the texts. This scaffolded approach enables students to build background knowledge and vocabulary that support their ability to read grade-level texts successfully.
Why Use Text Sets
The resources in each Text Set engage readers by encouraging an in-depth understanding of a topic and mastery of vocabulary. Each set incorporates a variety of resources, including Reading A-Z Leveled Books, Close Read Passages, visual devices, and more.
How to Use Text Sets
Each Text Set teaches a different topic using a unique set of resources. Text Sets are designed to follow a specific instructional order that helps students grow vocabulary knowledge as they focus on a Key Question.
- Follow the suggested order in the Lesson Guide for each Text Set.
- Use the pre-assessment activities provided to gauge studentsí prior knowledge and to monitor overall understanding.
- Guide students through the Text Set using the text-dependent questions in the Lesson Guide and encourage deeper understanding by having students annotate texts and answer the Key Question.
- Enhance vocabulary instruction and encourage student interaction with the Text Set Glossary, Student Word Journal, Key Vocabulary Word/Definition Cards and Key Vocabulary Context Cards.
- Have students apply what they've learned about the topic in a creative way as they complete the culminating activities.
Other Resources for Informational Texts
- Shared Reading nonfiction books ensure early readers work with informational texts.
- Our Close Reading Packs contain a large selection of informational text to support reading multiple, short texts closely.
- Visual Devices feature explicit instruction on text elements, such as graphs, charts, maps, schedules, or other visual texts.
- Content Area Reading organizes leveled books into featured groups of common content area topics.