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Paired Text Packets


Writing to Win Paired Texts Packets are a focused-writing solution that fully integrates reading comprehension tasks with written responses to texts. Teachers focus on vocabulary building at four levels of reading comprehension – literal, inferential, evaluative, and applied reading. They use the writers workshop model to guide students through the writing process from prewriting, drafting, and revision to evaluation.


This teacher package includes a Paired Texts Packet teacher manual, 4 student packets, and 4 teacher packets that move through three 30-minute sessions per week for three weeks. Two packets prompt student writing in informational genre, one in argument genre, and one in narrative genre. It also includes an interactive  

  • Teacher orientation video for individual teacher / parent training or whole school PD
  • Student orientation video for helping students visualize how each session of the Paired Texts Packets works.

The strength of the teacher manual is its full integration of reading and writing in each instructional session. Students write in each session as much as they read.

  • In weeks 1-2, the packets support differentiated reading comprehension at four levels: literal, inferential, evaluative, and applied comprehension.
  • In week 3, the Prewriting, Revision, and Evaluation module help students respond to both texts using the writing process with ease and insight. 

The teacher’s manual includes:

  • A sample script we use to demonstrate effective use of each session
  • Teacher model of writing for each reading and writing activity
  • Writing modules for
    • Setup – essential vocabulary and sample Word Family exercise
    • Prewriting – six standard advance organizers for extended written responses 
    • Revision – six concrete strategies
    • Evaluation – student-friendly analytic scoring rubrics for argument, informational, and narrative genres
  • Templates for creating posters – Picture Makers, Picture Killers, Voice, Pictures, and Flow.
  • Tell us how you use your adopted online writing system or Google Classroom to support students’ constructed and extended responses to texts.

For grade 5, the four paired texts target key state and national standards of ELA, science, and social studies.

Grade 5 PTP content, text titles, genre, and theme

Text 1
Text 2
Genre – how texts relate
5 – social studies
I / A – Contrast two Native American tribes. Which is more typical of all Native American tribes?
How the 1920’s changed America
5 – social studies
I – Comparing the lives of two civil rights leaders
Two struggles for civil rights
5 – science
I / A – Understanding a microscopic view of human health
Cells help the human body
5 – ELA, fiction
Poem – “The Many Faces of Me”
Prose – “Fitting In”
N ** – Add a character that enhances a theme
Dress code – social benefit or harm
Educator Type

Public/Private Schools, Marzano Academies, Homeschools, Home Learning

Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade


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