I'm not sure if you're in a PARRC state, but the PARRC recently released some sample test items that exemplify what students will have to do to "read across multiple texts." You may want to check them out as they may be helpful to design your own lessons. Check out the Research Simulation Task for grade 3 here: http://www.parcconline.org/samples/english-language-artsliteracy/grade-3-elaliteracy
Basically students read multiple informative articles on the same topic and then have to respond to a prompt incorporating the text.
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