Text Sets in Action

Pathways Through Content Area Literacy

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Today’s teachers have a strong desire to find creative ways to engage students in a student-centered curriculum that prioritizes their authentic questions. But with trends, standards, and district mandates so abundant, true passion for discovery and deep appreciation for knowledge can sometimes seem elusive.

Fortunately, a ‘text set’ approach offers the possibility of igniting curiosity in young learners, opening pathways to explore a given topic through reading multiple texts, and achieving lasting understanding along the way.

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In Text Sets in Action: Pathways through Content Area Literacy, Mary Ann Cappiello and Erika Thulin Dawes reveal how text sets can prompt serious thinking far more effectively than a textbook or any single text. As the authors explain, exploring many texts leads teachers and learners to ‘think more deeply, empathize more fully, and take action more deliberately.’ Teachers who adopt this approach find that the texts’ various lenses enable students not only to meet curriculum standards but also to experience lasting engagement and a spirit of inquiry across the disciplines.

This book will:

  • Move beyond what is merely required and inspire integrated, customized curriculum 
  • Demonstrate how teachers can build on students’ interests and questions
  • Provide resources and suggestions for designing text sets – books, news articles, websites, YouTube videos, primary source documents, and works of art
  • Offer logical and creative ways to sequence texts
  • Demonstrate how text sets can scaffold, differentiate, and extend students’ learning
  • Present specific invitations for designing, curating, and juxtaposing multi-genre, multi-model texts, accessible for at-home learning as well as in classrooms
  • Share a panoply of student work in response to learning with text sets.

When texts are intentionally sequenced and juxtaposed with one another, readers discover different ways to see and explain the world around them. Immersion into text sets fosters critical thinking and appreciation for different points of view, which is crucial in nurturing a respect for diversity and preserving democracy.

About the Author(s)

Mary Ann is a Professor of Language and Literacy in the Graduate School of Education at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Erika is a Professor of Language and Literacy in the Graduate School of Education at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

PART I DEFINING AND DESIGNING TEXT SETS 
Introduction: Why Teach with Text Sets?
Text Sets and Our Classrooms
Mary Ann’s Story 
Erika’s Story
Teaching with Text Sets Is Both Practical and Aspirational 
It’s Practical
Standards and Beyond 
Reading Comprehension 
Disciplinary Literacies
Critical Thinking 
Taking Time Saves Lives! 
It’s Aspirational 
Considering Multiple Perspectives
Co-constructing Understanding 
Engagement 
Authors, Artists, Makers

CHAPTER 1 Text Sets as Tools to Dig Deeper and to Consider Content 
Texts as Multiple Voices in the Classroom 
What Is a Multimodal, Multigenre Text Set? 
Designing a Text Set 
Establish Goals: What do you want for your students?
Find Texts: What are the best texts to help you meet your goals?
Trade Books 
Digital Texts
Identify Roles: Is a text a scaffold, an immersion, or an extension of learning? 
Scaffolds 
Immersions
Extensions
What are our instructional models?
Duet
Sunburst
Tree Ring
Solar System
Mountain
Create New Texts: What are the new texts created by students? 
Taking Notes
Creating New Texts
Conclusion 

CHAPTER 2 How Do Text Sets Cultivate Disciplinary
Literacy and Critical Thinking?
Disciplinary Literacy
Genre, Voice, and Theme in Language Arts
Disciplinary Literacies in Language Arts 
Building Curriculum in Language Arts 
Selecting Texts for Text Sets in Language Arts
Perspective and Representation in Social Studies 
Disciplinary Literacies in Social Studies
Building Curriculum in Social Studies 
Selecting Texts for Text Sets in Social Studies
Evidence and Inquiry in Science 
Disciplinary Literacy in Science 
Building Curriculum in Science 
Selecting Texts for Text Sets in Science 
Problem Solving and Visualizing Data in Mathematics 
Disciplinary Literacy in Mathematics
Building Curriculum in Mathematics
Selecting Texts for Text Sets in Mathematics 
Critical Thinking Within the Disciplines 

PART II EXAMPLES
How to Read Part Two: Examples 

CHAPTER 3 Genre and Theme in Language Arts: Examining Life Story Through Picture Book Biography
Establish Goals: What do you want for your students? 
Find Texts: What are the best texts to help you meet your goals?
Books
Digital Texts 
Organize Texts for Instruction: How can we arrange texts for critical thinking?
Scaffold: Identify Biography 
Immersion: Exploring the Genre of Picture Book Biography
Characterization 
Context
Theme
Back Matter 
Extension: The Processes of Biographers 
Create New Texts: What are the new texts created by students?
Becoming Biographers
Mentor Processes
Notes for Next Year 
Voices from the Classroom 
Comprehensive Text Sets

CHAPTER 4 Perspectives on the American Revolution 
Establish Goals: What do you want for your students?
Find Texts: What are the best texts to help you meet your goals?
Books 
Digital Texts
Synthesizing Our Consideration of Texts 
Organize Texts for Instruction: How can we arrange texts for critical thinking? 
Scaffold: Introducing the Critical Thinking 
Immersion: Exploring Multiple Perspectives 
Core Text: King George, What Was His Problem? Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn’t Tell You About the American Revolution
Text Sets on Perspectives
Note Taking
Historical Fiction Literature Circles 
Extension: Conducting Independent Research 
Create New Texts: What are the new texts created by students? 
Building a Collective Timeline 
Crafting an Interview 
Writing Colonial Newspapers 
Notes for Next Year 
Voices from the Classroom
Comprehensive Text Sets 

CHAPTER 5 Evidence and Inquiry in Science: Adaptations and Biological Evolution 
Establish Goals: What do you want for your students?
Find Texts: What are the best texts to help you meet your goals? 
A Balance of Experiences and Texts
Books
Digital Texts 
Mentor Texts for Writing
Organize Texts for Instruction: How can we arrange texts for critical thinking?
Scaffold: Comparing Plant and Animal Life Cycles 
Plant Life Cycles
Animal Life Cycles
Immersion: Survival and Heredity—Traits and Adaptations
Parent-Offspring Relationships
Characteristics to Help Some Living Things Survive Better Than Others in an Environment 
Bird Adaptations
Extension: Survival Over Time—Investigating Biological Evolution
Change Over Time in the Same Geological Place
The Dinosaur-Bird Connection
Create New Texts: What are the new texts created by students? 
Student Research
Composing New Texts: Organizers, Models, and Mentor Texts
Notes for Next Year
Voices from the Classroom
Comprehensive Text Sets

CHAPTER 6 Representation in Multiplication and Nonfiction
Establish Goals: What do you want for your students?
Find Texts: What are the best texts to help you meet your goals? 
Books 
Digital Texts
Organize Texts for Instruction: How can we arrange texts for critical thinking?
Exploring Nonfiction in Language Arts 
Scaffold: Big Ideas About Nonfiction
Immersion: Exploring Survey Books, Concept Books, and Life Stories
Extension: Researching Topics Using Nonfiction
Exploring the Function and Application of Multiplication in Mathematics 
Scaffold: Word Problems Based on Information in Popular Nonfiction Picture Books
Immersion: Representations of Multiplication in Infographics
Extension: Using Infographics to Apply Student Understanding of Research and Multiplication
Create New Texts: What are the new texts created by students?
Creating Texts in Language Arts
Note Taking
Writing and Illustrating Nonfiction Books
Creating Texts in Math
Infographics 
Notes for Next Year
Voices from the Classroom 
Comprehensive Text Sets 

PART III INVITATIONS
How to Read Part Three: Invitations 

CHAPTER 7 Language Arts Invitations: How Does Figurative Language Shape Our Reading and Writing?
Introduction 
Scaffold: Introducing Figurative Language
Duet Model: Figurative Language in Fiction and Nonfiction
Duet Model: Figurative Language in Fiction and Nonfiction About the Natural World
Immersion: Going Deeper with Figurative Language
Solar System Model: Figurative Language in Multiple Genres and Modalities 
Figurative Language Detectives: Creating a New Text Set 
Create New Texts: Advertising Directors, Writers, and Designers 
Solar System Model: Figurative Language Author Study 
Extension: Exploring a Mentor Text and Mentor Processes
Tree Ring Model: Composing Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold 
Core Text: Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold
Middle Ring: Joyce Sidman’s Mentor Processes
Outer Ring: Rick Allen’s Mentor Processes
Conclusion
Comprehensive Text Set

CHAPTER 8 Social Studies Invitations: How Does Activism
Lead Us to a “More Perfect Union” in Our Democracy?
Introduction
Essential Questions
Scaffold: Introducing Activists from History and Contemporary Life
Immersion: Exploring the Stories of Individual Activists
Sunburst Modelof Individual Activitists
Sunburst Model: Hiawatha, Member of the Mohawk Nation, Before the Fourteenth Century 
Sunburst Model: Elizabeth Freeman, Self-Emancipated
Woman, 1780–1783
Sunburst Model: Sarah Roberts, African American Student, 1847–1855 
Sunburst Model: Sylvia Mendez, Mexican American Student, 1945–1947 
Sunburst Model: Anna May Wong, Chinese American Actress, 1940s 
Sunburst Model: Ella Baker, Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain, David Richmond and Ezell Blair, Civil Rights Activists, 1960
Sunburst Model: Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Women’s Rights Activist and Supreme Court Justice, 1970s-2020 
Sunburst Model: Dolores Huerta, 1962 to Present and Cesar Chavez, 1962–1993, Labor Rights Activists 
Sunburst Model: Gloria Steinem, Women’s Rights Activist, 1960s to Present 
Extension: Exploring Malala Yousafzai, Contemporary Activist for Girls’ Global Education 
Solar System Model: Primary and Secondary Sources About Malala’s work
Create New Texts: Student-Created Texts—Becoming Activists 
Taking Notes 
Taking a Stand: Multigenre, Multimodal Texts 
Conclusion
Comprehensive Text Set

CHAPTER 9 Science Invitations: Ocean Interdependencies—How Does the Health of the Ocean Relate to the Health of the Planet? 
Introduction 
Scaffold: Ocean Habitats 
Duet Model: The Importance of Our Oceans—A Pairing of TED Talks 
Immersion: Life in the Ocean
Solar System Model: Endangered Ocean Animals 
Solar System: Ocean Explorers and Activists 
Create New Texts 
Extension: A Deeper Exploration—Becoming an Expert on an Ocean Animal 
Conclusion
Comprehensive Text Sets

CHAPTER 10 Mathematics Invitations: Geometry and Design—How Is an Architect an Artist? 
Introduction 
Scaffold: Introducing Architecture as Worldview
Duet Model: Shaping Our World
Immersion: Architects—Their Stories, Their Processes, and Their Creations 
Solar System Model: Picture Book Biographies of Architects 
Duet Model: Artists Who Shape Landscapes 
Solar System Model: Structures, Design Processes, and Construction
Solar System Model: Fictional Books Featuring Kid Designers 
Create New Texts
Extension: Designing for Your Community
Conclusion 
Comprehensive Text Sets 
References
Children’s Literature References
Figure Credits 
Index 

Resources

Product Details

Grades: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Media: 336 pp/paper
Year: 2021
Item No: 1297
ISBN: 978-1-62531-297-6

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