Literature & Thought

Literature & Thought

Flexible Resources for Thematic Text Study, Critical Reading & Analysis

Explore literary themes and genres, historical events and eras, and government and current events through 25 unit-based anthologies.

Each anthology contains a cluster of related readings that explore an essential question using critical thinking skills such as comparing, contrasting, analyzing, defining, inferring, and synthesizing.

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Teach the big ideas that matter

  • Develop critical readers and writers through relevant themes​.
  • Apply close reading skills and compare/contrast texts.​
  • Engage in active discourse.​
  • Respond and share ideas through communication activities.

Dive deeper into connected texts

The selections offer a mixture of historical and contemporary writings, providing opportunities for students to read and comprehend​ complex literary and informational texts. The more complex selections tend to be short to facilitate close study and rereading.

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"The more I used the text with the students, the more impressed I became. These are really premium pieces of literature. The excerpts get right to the crux of the issue. I could pick this up and use a tremendous amount without doing anything extra. It’s really the important information. Students were asking to read ahead. I enjoyed this more than any other text in my years of teaching."

Susan Osborne
English/Drama Teacher
Shenandoah Valley Academy
New Market, Virginia

Ensure ALL students comprehend the text and participate in dynamic, inclusive discussions

Interactive Editions help develop self-directed learners through personalized assistive technology support like Immersive Reader.​

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Comprehend the Text

Comprehension is the gateway to meaning, and our state-of-the art Immersive Reader technology delivers.​

ALL students have the power to:

  • Adapt the reading passage based on their own abilities and learning differences.​
  • Translate and hear the text in their native language—over 75 languages available.​
  • Use a picture dictionary, add line focus (1, 3, or 5 lines of text), or identify parts of speech and syllables.​
  • Change font type, size, and background colors for readability.
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​Read for Meaning​

Move students from skimming and scanning to discovering evidence and extracting meaning with interactive editions.​

Students can quickly​:

  • Identify, label, and comment on textual evidence.​
  • Collect evidence in a digital notebook.​
  • Transfer ideas and evidence into discussion and writing tasks.​

​Participate & Collaborate

Reduce reluctance to participate through the Collaboration Wall.​

Students and teachers can use digital tools to:​

  • Share ideas and perspectives based on meaningful, text-based questions.​
  • Participate in dynamic discussions both online and in small groups.​
  • Track participation in real time.​
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Robust Teaching Support

  • Comprehensive lesson plans covering two- to six-week units.​
  • Interactive minilessons for critical thinking skills and text analysis.​
  • Writing opportunities with models and rubrics.​
  • Multiple assessment options including online quizzes and tests with statistics and reports.​
  • Available in print and digital interactive editions.​
  • Teaching support includes selection questions, activities, vocabulary, project-based assessments, discussion prompts, pacing guides, and much more.​

Correlations & Grade-Level Alignments

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