Series: Planning Instruction with PARCC Tools: ELA

The Power of Pairing Texts to Demonstrate Standards
Lesson Objective: Discover the power of pairing texts
All Grades / ELA / Planning

Thought starters

  1. Why is it important to incorporate the pairing of texts in your instruction?
  2. How do you decide which texts to pair?
  3. How can the pairing of texts provide an opportunity and a challenge for students?
I like the idea of pairing texts but the video really didn't go into how to do this or what to do. It mentioned helping students use context to make meaning out of unfamiliar words but that is true even when working with one text.
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What is meant by having "two texts talk to each other"?
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Will, you may want to have a look at the PARCC passage selection document to the right in Supporting Materials. Starting on pg. 11 of the doc, you will see the process PARCC uses for selecting texts to pair. Hope it helps!
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I have paired two text together before and completed a closed reading with them. I used an excerpt from Moby Dick and one from Moby Duck, to compare and contrast the obsessions that came from the whiteness of the whale and the yellowness of the duck. What I am most interested in, is the concept of pairing an easier text which will then be used to help students understand a more difficult one. I used the texts simultaneously as opposed to using the first to build toward the second. I have not encountered my "Moby" assignment this year; I may have to dig it out and take a fresh approach to the concept of paired texts. Thank you for the insight!
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Pairing texts is a powerful way to, in the moment, connect new information to known information. The cognitive stretching is the goal of all teachers and pairing texts is a great way to accomplish this. This strategy also provides students with lots of opportunities to engage in other common core standards.
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Grades 9-12, All Subjects, Class Culture

Lesson Idea

Grades 9-12, ELA, Class Culture

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