Teaching the Stretch Texts

In the Strand Resource Guide for each of the five strands, you will find a routine and text-dependent questions to scaffold students' understanding of complex text.

XBOOKS Stretch Texts include articles, speeches, interviews, letters, guides, and other important informational text types. Each Stretch Text is linked to the theme of the particular strand, the Lead Book, or a Reader's Choice Book. Stretch Texts are available for the interactive whiteboard from the website. They also can be printed and distributed.

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Preview the Text

Students look at the title, introduction, and format. They then take stock of what they know about the text and consider the writer's purpose.

First Reading-Getting the Gist

Independently or with the group, students do an initial independent reading to get the gist, noting areas of difficulty.

Second Reading-Close Reading

Students conduct a close reading of the text, using the techniques of careful readers.

Assessing Understanding

Each routine provides Text-Dependent Questions and a Writing Task to assess understanding.
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Think Alouds

These help students with text-based questions and provide models of close-reading strategies.