Incorporating Text Sets into Elementary and Middle School Classrooms


Presented By

Dr. Mary Ann Cappiello

Associate Professor in the language and literacy division

Lesley University, Cambridge, MA

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Dr. Erika Dawes

Associate Professor

Lesley University, Cambridge, MA

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The Common Core Standards require students to read across multiple texts in ever increasingly sophisticated ways. This is both an exciting and challenging time for teachers who seek to integrate children's literature and various other multimedia texts into their teaching of literacy and the content areas. The presenters will share their approach to teaching with text sets, addressing: the definition of a text set; an overview of their process for creating text sets; and examples of various models for using text sets at different grade levels.

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Cappiello, M.A., Dawes, E.T. (2012). Teaching with Text Sets. Huntington Beach, CA: Shell Education. 

Cappiello, M.A., Dawes, E.T. (Forthcoming, October, 2014). Teaching for complexity: Text Selection for Literacy and Content Area Learning. Huntington Beach, CA: Shell Education 

Allan, K., McMackin, M., Dawes, E.T, & Spadorcia, S. (2009). Teaching Writing with Purpose: Effective Instruction in Grades 4-8. New York: Guilford.

Cappiello, M.A., Zarnowski, M. (April, 2014). Introduction. In The Common Core in Grades 4-6: Top Nonfiction Titles from School Library Journal and The Horn Book Magazine. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.


Cappiello, M.A., Zarnowski, M. (September 2013-June 2014). “Inquiry and Integration Across the Curriculum” column. Curriculum Connections Digital Newsletter, School Library Journal. Retrieved from

Cappiello, M.A., Zarnowski, M., Aronson, M. (August 2012-June 2013). “On Common Core” column. Curriculum Connections Digital Newsletter, School Library Journal. Retrieved from:


The Teaching with Text Sets Blogsite

Note: This blog includes links to our favorite online resources for selecting children’s and young adult literature titles. 
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