Text Sets by Tovani
Creating Text Sets for Whole Class Instruction
Text Sets: A Supplemental Alternative | Tovani, 2004
Text sets, according to author Cris Tovani, Do I Really Have to Teach Reading? (2004), are an alternative for finding accessible text for kids. Text sets can be utilized to support concepts in textbooks. Text sets are similar to the elementary education way of organizing a library - brightly colored bins can hold oodles of alternative supplemental material.
"Text sets contain examples of text that are relevant, interesting, & accessible to most students."
What's in a Text Set?
"The secret of creating a text set", as told by Tovani, "Is to have several texts about a topic that vary in length, format and genre. The following just a few of the many possible text set components:
- Short nonfiction selections
- Picture books
- Newspaper articles
- Student writing
- Song lyrics
- Charts and graphs
"Text sets contain materials that vary in length, difficulty, and text structure."
Why Text Sets Work
- Sets provide choice of reading material
- Sets demonstrate how content connects to the real world
- Sets give students opportunities to read "provocative" texts
- Sets allow students to go beyond learning in the classroom