In grades 2–3, each unit includes two sources, and in grades 4–6, each unit includes three sources. Sources are high-interest, magazine-like articles with text features and are related by topic within the unit content area.
The READ! sections of each unit teach students how to closely examine a text, including text features, such as maps, timelines, and diagrams. Text-dependent questions and sticky notes in the margin guide students to interact with the text and identify key details.
In the THINK! section of each unit, students answer multiple-choice questions to check their comprehension and then write answers to constructed-response questions that require a deeper analysis of the text.
They are required to think beyond what is stated explicitly in the text and support their responses with evidence from the text.
In the WRITE! section, students respond to the sources they read earlier in the unit by synthesizing the information they learned from each source and producing writing that is grounded in evidence from the texts.
First, students analyze the writing task by reviewing the purpose and audience for the writing genre. Students then follow the writing process to complete their writing project using the provided writing prompt, graphic organizer, and rubric.
Teachers may choose to have students write in one or more of the text types: Narrative, Informative/Explanatory, and Opinion (in grades 2–5) or Argument (in grade 6).