Learn how educators are using expert packs with their students.
This two-page guide explains when, why, and how to use text sets to support a variety of student learning goals. Guidance is also included on designing a text set and where to access free, completed text sets.
Create Your Own Text Sets
This professional development module focuses on the Text Set Project: Designing and Integrating Expert Packs. Learn how to create your own Text Sets, or train educators in your district.
How Text Sets Build Reading Skills
Many students struggle to read on-grade-level text. Research suggests three major factors that contribute to this problem.
- Failure to grow sufficient vocabulary
- Failure to develop wide background knowledge
- Failure to become a fluent reader
The text sets contain the volume of reading necessary to combat each one of these factors, level the playing field for students, and support their growth in the process. In order for the text sets to be effective, students must read/watch the resources in the order presented in the materials. The early texts provide knowledge and vocabulary that scaffold student understanding for the later, more complex texts. When experienced in the right order, texts that would typically cause students to struggle become accessible.
Hear from teachers who have used the expert packs in their classrooms.
Literacy expert David Liben discusses the educational value of text sets.
See David Liben present about text sets and how they can help support all learners, especially those with background knowledge or vocabulary deficits, by building up these domains through a volume of reading.
Structure of Text Sets
Each expert pack:
- Centers on a single topic (i.e., insects, desert animals, entrepreneurship) and contains a variety of resources (i.e., books, articles, videos, websites, infographics)
- Purposely orders resources to support students in building vocabulary and knowledge
- Includes suggested activities to be completed after each resource to demonstrate comprehension and students’ building knowledge and/or vocabulary
- Is designed to be completed with increasing independence by students
Highlighted Aspects of the Shifts
All of the lessons presented on achievethecore.org are designed to highlight one or more aspects of the ELA/literacy Shifts. The Text Set Project lessons particularly emphasize:
Complexity: Regular practice with complex text and its academic language
Knowledge: Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction
Learn more about the ELA/literacy Shifts.