Project #42470 - Text sets project


What are text sets?

Text sets are collections of multimodal resources – texts from different genres, modes, media, and levels of reading difficulty – that are designed to be supportive of the learning of readers with a range of experiences and interests. A text set collection focuses on one concept or topic and can include multiple genres such as books, charts and maps, informational pamphlets, poetry and songs, photographs, nonfiction books, etc. A text set collection should also include multiple modes such as comics, images, videos, web sites, etc (Kraver). Finally, a text set collection should support readers of varying levels, and one way to do this is by including the same text in multiple media. 


Typically text sets are unified by the topic they explore. At the same time, they are differentiated by their genre and format. The collection should include a range of kinds of texts all on the same topic. If you have a number of English Language Learners or special education students, try to locate a picture dictionary and copy the pages particular to your concept. 


According to Cris Tovani (2004) this is your opportunity to teach students about a concept. You want students to come away from your unit with lots of ways of thinking about looking at a particular concept.  


Five types of texts to consider:

Companion texts written by a single author, addressing a common theme, designed to be read as a collection.

Complementary texts share a theme or topic, but they are by a variety of authors of a variety of modes.

Synoptic texts offer different versions of the same topic or theme.

Disruptive texts provide conflicting or contradictory perspectives on the same topic. 

“Rereading” texts include the same text in multiple formats. 


Developing a Text Set:

Identifying an Essential Question


“To get at matters of deep and enduring understanding, we need to use provocative and multilayered questions that reveal the richness and complexities of a subject” (Wiggins and McTighe).


Choose component texts


Develop lessons with the texts in the set


Factual lessons that ensure basic understanding of the texts. 

Empathetic/Sympathetic lessons that encourage a personal response or connection to the text.

Analytical lessons that ask students to connect what they learn from the world of the text to the world outside the classroom. 

Critical lessons that encourage students to offer judgments about a work and projections about its ultimate value or worth. 


Treat graphic novels with the same scrutiny as more familiar school-based texts


Elements of Literary Study


Point of View

Objects (character, setting, symbol)




Choices of Comic Artists







Essential Questions


5 – 7 texts of varying genres, modes, and reading levels. Among these texts you must include at least one of each of the following:


Canonical novel

Graphic novel/comic book

Text to support a struggling reader

Non-print text (interactive web-based, visual, video, music, etc.)

Free choice text


Summary for each text, including notes about any scenes or issues about which teachers need to be aware. 


Two lesson ideas with a detailed description of the lesson and all accompanying materials. You must include one pre-reading lesson and one lesson that connects two or more of the texts in the set.


Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 10/09/2014 01:33 pm
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