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I am stuck teaching only with reading passages and workbooks

May 14, 2014 5:38pm

Hello everyone,
I'm a fifth year teacher, going from first grade to fourth grade in the state of Texas, which means STAAR testing. My directive is to teach only from supplemental resources like workbooks and reading passages (no authentic literature). Can anyone please share any ideas on how to make my teaching more interesting and engaging while only using reading passages in my fourth grade classroom?

  • English Language Arts
  • 4
  • Class Culture / Engagement


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    • May 19, 2014 11:08am

      Look into six traits and use those methods to teach the passages! Bust of the post-its and hunt through the passages for information. Use the passages as a guiding text to mirror when writing. Just a few quick ideas. Good luck!

      • May 20, 2014 12:16pm


        I am feeling your pain. I am confused at how you can teach plot development when you don't follow the course of a story. Could you get around this by choosing a short story and splitting it up into reading passages to closely read? You would still be examining short passages to work on specific skills, but students would have an opportunity to track the development of the story.

        Would be happy to help you with this. Feel free to contact me any time.


        • Jun 30, 2014 6:57pm

          I think it's interesting that you were moved to a STAAR grade, and not given free-reign :/ Look into Mentoring Minds resources. Good luck :-)

          • Jul 9, 2014 8:32am

            Have you seen this website:
            I have discovered it recently. It is great for teaching non-fiction text and the site lets you adjust the reading level to fit your students needs. They add new articles every day- they are pretty interesting for kids!