Common Core Curator shares ideas for curating informational text articles by creating text sets, paired readings, and more by using online databases, print and ebooks, and free access online resources.
• Connect Common Core
Standards with local, state, and
• Connect standards with
information literacy skills.
• Study the CCSS literally!
• Connect AASL Cross Walk of the Common
• Use the College & Career Readiness Anchor
Standards as a beginning point.
Connect Informational Text
Students must be able to read complex
informational texts in these fields with
independence and confidence because the
vast majority of reading in college and
workforce training programs will be
"English Language Arts Standards -Anchor Standards -College and Career Readiness Anchor
Standards for Reading." Common Core State Standards Initiative. Web. 12 Aug. 2012.
Matrix for School Librarians
Book Bundles. Digital image. ALSC Blog. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Nov. 2013.
Features of Strong Text Sets
Strong text sets
Weak text sets
Build student knowledge about a topic,
meaningful connection to the anchor
Texts are not related or connected across
sets or they are only superficially
Texts are authentic, rich, and worthy of
Only commissioned texts or textbook
Range of text types (literary and
informational) and formats
Focused exclusively on one genre or
format (unless the set is a genre study)
Text complexity levels support student
achievement of the grade-level
complexity demands of the CCSS.
Text complexity levels are erratic and do
not support the staircase of text
complexity in the CCSS
"Guide to Creating Text Sets for Grades 2 - 12." The Council of Chief State School Officers. The Council of
Chief State School Officers, n.d. Web. 01 Nov. 2013. <http://www.ccsso.org/Documents>
What to include?
What to include?
Fiction of all types,
magazines for children
& teens, news show
diaries, historic homes,
Songs, Videos, podcasts,
Log into EBSCOhost on your library’s computer and
choose a database with Lexiles, such as
• Primary Search,
• Middle Search Plus or
• MAS Ultra.
On the Basic Search screen, check Full Text, then
type in a magazine name in the Publication field.
Click Search. EBSCOhost will bring up all of the
articles from that magazine. Each article will have
a different Lexile measure.
Middle & High School Ideas for
Connect Science with High
Interest Topics such as deer
Full Text – PDF
Text Set Worksheet
Title of Book,
Print or Digital
(Add URL’s if
Video, Podcast needed)
own form that
works best for
maps to select
units of study.
with links to
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Aligns with Librarians' Skills | On Common Core." School Library Journal. N.p., 01
Nov. 2012. Web. 13 Apr. 2013. <http://www.slj.com/2012/11/opinion/on-commoncore/a-match-well-made-the-standards-emphasis-on-information-aligns-withlibrarians-skills/>
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Matrix for School Librarians: Aligning Standards, Inquiry, Reading, and Instruction.
N.p., Jan. 2013. Web. 13 Feb. 2013.
Morris, Rebecca. "School Library Monthly Blog: Mark It Up, Pass It Along, & See
Who Comes Knocking." School Library Monthly Blog. N.p., 6 Feb. 2013. Web. 13
Feb. 2013. <http://blog.schoollibrarymedia.com/index.php/2013/02/06/mark-itup-pass-it-along-see-who-comes-knocking/>.
Cappiello, Mary Ann., and Erika Thulin. Dawes. Teaching with Text Sets.
Huntington Beach, CA: Shell Education, 2013. Print.
Duke, Nell. "Starting Out: To Use in K–3." Educational Leadership:Tackling
Informational Text. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Nov. 2013.
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