Texts & Media, ‘Embracing Challenges’: 

 

Core Texts:

These are texts directly referenced and included in the lessons. 

 

 

Text Set:

Text Sets support all learners, especially those with background knowledge or vocabulary deficits, by building up these domains through a volume of reading on Science, Social Studies, and other high interest topics. You can learn more about building and using text sets here.

The texts listed below have been pulled from readworks.org, newsela.org, El Education modules, and resources referenced in text sets from achievethecore.org based on their connection to the topics addressed in this lesson.  In addition, we have partnered with Lee & Low, the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in the United States, to add to the text set and ensure that there are fiction and non-fiction selections that represent a diverse set of experiences.

Texts listed are at a variety of reading levels and could be read aloud or printed/provided for students to read, depending on the needs of the readers in your classroom. These texts are not integrated into the lessons; they are an optional extension, and listed here as a reference for educators interested in building their student’s background knowledge around the project’s core topic.

 

 

3rd Grade Text Set:

ISBN/Website  Title  Author Type
newsela.org He had to go through a lot of hoops to make it to the NBA By Washington Post, adapted by Newsela staff Biography/non-fiction
newsela.org Opinion: Fighting cybercrime with neurodiversity By Gavin Patterson, Project Syndicate, adapted by Newsela staff Article/Opinion
newsela.org Biomusic is an option for people who have trouble expressing emotions By Smithsonian.com, adapted by Newsela staff Article/non-fiction
newsela.org Video game makers add features to help people with disabilities play By USA Today, adapted by Newsela staff Article/non-fiction
http://www.nps.gov Oral Histories  Ellis Island Oral History Collection by the National Park Service Website/oral histories 
0399257624 Thank You, Mr. Falker By Patricia Polacco Book/non-fiction
0449813398 Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille By Jen Bryant Book/non-fiction
1584300183 Ray Charles By by Sharon Bell Mathis  & George Ford Book/non-fiction
9781584301707 Knockin’ On Wood: Starring Peg Leg Bates Written and illustrated by Lynne Barasch Book/non-fiction
9780892393749 Rainbow Weaver/Tejedora del arcoíris

By Linda Elovitz Marshall

Illustrated by Elisa Chavarri

Book/fiction 
9781600604119 Silent Star: The Story of Deaf Major Leaguer William Hoy By Bill Wise, Illustrated by Adam Gustavson Book/non-fiction
9781620141946 Calling the Water Drum

By LaTisha Redding

Illustrated by Aaron Boyd

Book/fiction
9781584300380 The Pot That Juan Built

By Nancy Andrews-Goebel

Illustrated by David Diaz

Book/non-fiction 

 

 

5th Grade Text Set:

ISBN/Website  Title  Author Type
newsela.org Balloon artist from South Korea who is blind crafts his first U.S. exhibit By Julie Zauzmer, The Washington Post, adapted by Newsela staff Article
newsela.org Video game makers add features to help people with disabilities play By USA Today, adapted by Newsela staff Article/non-fiction
http://www.nps.gov Oral Histories  Ellis Island Oral History Collection by the National Park Service Website/oral histories 
newsela.org Missing from Presidents Day: The people they enslaved By Zinn Education Project, adapted by Newsela staff Article
newsela.org Life in an internment camp drove Yuri Kochiyama’s commitment to social justice By Zinn Education, adapted by Newsela staff Article
9781620147993 Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words

By Karen Abouraya

Illustrated by Susan L. Roth

Book/non-fiction
9781620147993 Going Back Home: An Artist Returns to the South

By Toyomi Igus

Illustrated by Michele Wood

Book/non-fiction
9781620149553 Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon

By Kelly Starling Lyons

Illustrated by Laura Freeman

Book/non-fiction
9781880000342 Dia’s Story Cloth: The Hmong People’s Journey of Freedom By Dia, Chue, and Nhia Thao Cha Book/non-fiction 
9781600604515 Etched in Clay: The Life of Dave, Enslaved Potter and Poet Written and illustrated by Andrea Cheng Book/non-fiction 
9780892392155 A Place Where Sunflowers Grow

By Amy Lee-Tai

Illustrated by Felicia Hoshino

Book/fiction 
9780892391844 This Land Is My Land Written and illustrated by George Littlechild Book/fiction 
9781620145876 Rise!: From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou by Bethany Hegedus (Author), Tonya Engel (Illustrator) Book/non-fiction

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