Three-day series of sample lessons includes:
- Text dependent questions
- Printable copies of the text
- Student discussion activities
- Vocabulary and syntax tasks
- Writing-based formative assessments
- Annotations for teachers
The knowledge-building resources follow a quad text set model developed by Comprehensive Reading Solutions and based on the article by Sarah Lupo and colleagues, “Building Background Knowledge Through Reading: Rethinking Text Sets.” In a quad text set model, three to five texts are selected that help students develop knowledge critical to the complex text at the center of the close-reading lesson. Each of these supplemental texts is paired with a lightweight text-dependent task to support students’ comprehension and knowledge-building work. Implementing these knowledge-building texts and tasks can be done in a variety of ways; they are lightweight enough to be done either during short portions of class or as homework. This work is particularly critical for students not yet reading at grade level.