Tovani suggests creating
text sets of accessible texts to use with unit instruction. These themedresources supplement
textbooks and improve comprehension. You can find a sample text set I created
for my space them here.
Text Set Characteristics

contain
a guide sheet, or appendix, to help students work their way through the set

contain a variety of written
texts

contain materials
that vary in length, difficulty, and structure

contain relevant,
interesting, and accessible text

give students several
options

provide opportunities
for students to practice reading strategies and learn content information
Evaluating with Text Sets
· Write letters to future users of the set
· Observe students as they use the sets and conference with them
· Ask students to compare and contrast items in the set
· Record questions to ponder and research using the set
· Mark interesting and important places within texts in the set with sticky notes
For further reading, see
Do I Really Have to Teach Reading, Chapter 4.