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Searching for authentic text

Feb 10, 2013 7:39am

I'm searching for pieces or compilations of authentic text. The CCLS emphasize the use of authentic/rigorous text and currently I am searching the Internet as well as other resources. Any suggestions? Materials ? Thanks!

  • English Language Arts
  • 3-8
  • Common Core / Differentiation / Engagement


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    • Feb 11, 2013 7:50am

      I would think that authentic texts would include some of the typical primary sources used in History classes. For example, you might want to look at speeches, news articles, social commentaries, political essays, etc. I work with English Language Learners and they seem to really benefit from unpacking the language in primary sources. They especially take to speeches such as Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and M.L. King, Jr's "I have a Dream" speech. I usually have students divide the speech into small chunks for small groups and they paraphrase the speech. This helps them to really understand it.

      • Feb 18, 2013 2:23pm

        Check out the Reading and Writing Project's book lists. I love these because they're leveled, and they have lists for all types of genres. The historical fiction list is especially robust - it's broken down by era and has some real gems.

        • Feb 14, 2013 1:31pm

          Hi! Thanks for response. We have utilized appendix B and the aligned tasks. We are looking for other types of text. I do find materials, but I thought someone may have additional resources/ideas. Thanks!

          • Feb 27, 2013 2:20pm

            Both Kansas and NY DOEs have created rubrics you can use to determine text complexity. Although it can be a long and challenging process, I see value in the conversations that would occur along the way. The second part of my answer may sound contrite but just reading a variety of texts will open your eyes to new options. Do you follow NCTE's awarding of Orbis PIctus honors each year? That is a great place to find high quality nonfiction that would probably suit some needs.