Two Texts Are Better Than One

Paired passages are all the rage and a great resource for any literacy classroom.  A great way to engage multiple students on multiple levels is by using different texts.  This can be done in a whole group with multiple texts and genres or leveled groups with differing texts.  The second session of my professional development series for teachers was on pairing passages and the ways to use them to engage even your reluctant readers.

Voices from the Middle article, “Multiple Texts: Multiple Opportunities for Teaching and Learning” was shared with the teachers.  

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I modeled using a jigsaw approach for reading through a text.  Each group had a different section of the article to read and respond to.  Then one member of each group created a new group and each person shared out on their section. Once all members had shared, the whole article had been covered.  When using you can differentiate the tests by lexile level, jigsaw the piece, and since it is all on the same topic…no one notices the differences.

Teachers were also asked to find their partner using cards with fictional and nonfictional texts.  They had to find the matching card/partner that would pair nicely with their own text and be able to explain why.

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When all the teachers understood the power of paired passages and were eager to use them with their students I then shared some resources with them to incorporate paired passages in their classes.

You can find the resources at Stanton’s ELA Workshop

– Fictional short story “Naming of Names” and poem “Identity”

– Nonfictional informational bio on Edgar Allan Poe and poems written by Poe

– Fictional short story “The Fog Horn”, fictional informational bio on Edvard Munch, poem written by Munch, and artwork by Munch


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