Sunday Cummins Experience nonfiction.
Informational Text Sets
A text set is a group of multi-media texts “selected around topics or themes that systematically build the knowledge base of students” (Common Core Standards for English Language Arts, 2010. p. 33). “Texts” come in all shapes and sizes and can include all genres of books, primary sources, articles from websites, etc.
When we use text sets to teach, we are giving students the opportunity to access the content in multiple ways and to develop a deeper understanding of a particular topic or theme. The lessons described in this website and in my book Close Reading of Informational Texts will have a larger impact on student learning if they are incorporated into a content area unit of study. Ideally, the texts used for close reading are part of a larger text set that has been developed for a specific unit. The trick is to pull together texts with cohesive content versus texts with disparate facts that do not seem to fit together. For example, there are a lot of books on honeybees, but not all lend themselves to developing a deeper understanding of how important bees are to our everyday lives. Included here are three examples of text sets.
I’ve included three text sets along with the essential questions and enduring themes that my colleagues and I used to drive our selection of texts!