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Complexities of Paired Texts

When teaching students to approach paired texts, part of the challenge is actually finding paired texts to work with. I have some books from the 80’s with outdated topics and illustrations but finding current, engaging topics can prove both challenging and time consuming. Not to mention, it is hard to know how to pair texts – should it be a fiction and a non-fiction paired by topic? Should it be a poem and a narrative non-fiction paired by topic? Should it be paired by genre? It is important to expose students to a variety of paired text types so they can begin making connections.

In an effort to save you some time, I’ve compiled a short list of paired texts I’ve been using with students reading at various levels in grades 4-8.

Pairs

Out of the Tornado (Lexile 995)
Surviving the Storm (Comes in 400, 550, 830) (Click the blue icon (bottom right) to change Lexile levels)

 

Homeless to Harvard (Comes in 380, 590, 880) (Click the blue icon (bottom right) to change Lexile levels)
Homelessness: A poem

 

Trios
Surviving a Tsunami (Lexiles: 480, 680, 950) (Click the blue icon (bottom right) to change Lexile levels)
Earthquake, Tsunami Strike Japan
Tsunami Poem

 

Should College Football Players be Paid?
Do Athletes Deserve Millions? 
Hoop Dreams (380, 690, 920) (Click the blue icon (bottom right) to change Lexile levels)

Can you add to the list? Leave a comment with links to any texts you use – or feel free to email me so I can post them. Thanks!

FYI

Some sites I use all the time are Scholastic Action Magazine, Storyworks Magazine, Scope Magazine, ReadWorks

Some sites I use sometimes are: GoKicker, TeenInk

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