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Text Sets! What are they? What do they include? How do you make one? Where can you find existing ones? And can they be used in all classrooms? Spend the day exploring the answers to these questions, and walk away with resources and a template for creating a text set from scratch. 


This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ABE (ELA and content-area) and ESOL teachers and curriculum developers

One of the key instructional shifts of the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE) is building knowledge, and one way to build knowledge in the classroom is with text sets. We will explore examples of text sets, discuss the design of the coherently sequenced set of resources, and identify activities that will help students collect and articulate their learning. We will also see the impact on learner gains when students are accountable for the critical knowledge and skills acquired from what they read.

Learning Objectives: 

Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Articulate the role that background knowledge and vocabulary have in reading comprehension
  • Describe the difference between a text set and a collection of resources
  • Identify text sets with sequenced resources and strong, authentic writing and speaking tasks
  • Explore a variety of tasks that support intentional vocabulary and knowledge building within a text set
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s): 

ABE & ESOL: View this video introducing the CCRSAE for ELA. NOTE that these standards are incorporated into the MA English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS), so this video will be useful to ESOL and ABE teachers.


06/19/2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Pathways Lynn
330 Lynnway, Suite 302
Lynn, MA 01901
PD Center: 


SABES English Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area: 
ABE/Adult Education
ESOL/English Language Learner
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