In order to understand a topic deeply, learners must access information from a variety of sources and in many different text genres and media—yet our comprehension instruction often focuses on strategies for understanding single texts in isolation. In this book, a gifted teacher shares a powerful approach she’s developed for teaching students to explore a topic using multigenre text sets. She includes sample standards-based units of study for a range of grade levels and planning templates for developing your own units built around text sets in a range of genres. You’ll also find other supports such as detailed instructions for helping students to assemble their own text sets that they can use independently. This unique resource will help you prepare your students for the complex, multigenre literacy demands of the 21st century.
Grades 2 - 5
This is a book that every teacher needs to read. For too long nonfiction has been taught as the mindless reading and regurgitation of information presented within a set text. It has been a passive endeavor. As educators, if we are to truly help our students become analytical and critical readers who can understand multiple perspectives, then we need to make reading an active and interactive process that calls upon multiple sources. I commend Maria for writing this much needed and highly valuable resource. After reading this book, I was immediately motivated to critically look at my own classroom practices to ensure that I was not only giving students a wealth of varied sources to tap into, but also encouraging them to interact with and compare the sources to gain a more critical perspective. - from the foreword by Tony Stead