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Teaching With Text Sets
Text sets are collections of articles curated by the editors of Scholastic News. Consider these teaching ideas as you and your students explore the collections.
Many teachers use text sets for independent reading, while others use them for whole-class or small-group instruction. Here’s how Scholastic News text sets can help you inspire students to read, gain content knowledge, and synthesize information.
Foster Student Choice
When using text sets for independent reading, empower students to explore their interests by allowing them to choose which sets to read or which texts to read in a set. You can form discussion groups of students who choose the same texts.
You can support struggling readers and multilingual learners by using alternate versions of texts, especially for guided reading or small-group instruction. Cover stories have a lower-level version available in the toolbar to the left of the text. And most articles are available in Spanish if you click “Open Presentation View” and then “Open Spanish View.”
When using texts to teach students about popular curricular topics in whole-group instruction, play a video from the text set to build students’ knowledge before they read. You can give students an active listening task. After the class watches the video once, play it again and pause to discuss key ideas and check for understanding.
Each text set includes a page of Close-Reading Questions that are specific to that set. These text-dependent questions call on students to reread articles and cite text evidence to support their response.
Choose from a host of skill builders that can be used with any text set. These skill builders are designed for students to use after exploring several texts within a set. Find them under the Teaching Resources tab within the text set.
Guide Critical Thinking
Help students understand features of nonfiction texts. Point out the dateline at the beginning of each article that shows when it was published. Explain how students can use that information to understand relative dates, such as “this month,” “last December,” and “by the end of this summer.”
Reflect After Reading
After the class explores a text set, guide students to reflect on it. Lead a discussion by asking questions such as:
Launch Research Projects
Use text sets as a springboard to launch research projects. Have students develop questions they want to explore based on their reading. Then guide students to find credible sources, take notes, organize information, and present their findings to the class with a poster, report, video, podcast, or slideshow.
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