Teaching with Paired Texts: Solutions for Modern Classrooms


Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 11.57.05 AMThe Common Core Standards place emphasis on paired texts, asking students to “analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics.” But where can teachers find engaging, appropriate, high-quality pairs of articles? And how can teachers make the most of these articles through lessons and assignments without having to dig through resources?

In this edWeb.net webinar from TIME For Kids, Laura Blackburn and Heather Price-Wright provided examples of pairing current events articles with primary source documents, as well as articles on debate-worthy topics, written from different points of view. The speakers also shared teaching ideas and suggested free graphic organizers teachers can use to support the analysis of these paired texts.

While the session had a special focus on resources and teaching ideas for fifth through eighth grade, all teachers interested in using paired texts to build student knowledge and to compare the approaches authors take should attend. The goal of the webinar was to support educators as they work to develop confident critical readers by providing easy-to-implement solutions for modern classrooms.

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