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Reading Essentials® in Social Studies

Guided Reading Level M–Z | Lexile Level 520–1200 | Grades 3–8

Develop content-area reading skills with curricular-aligned social studies books

Reading Essentials in Social Studies is designed to meet the demanding needs of today's classroom. 40–48 pages

  • Focus on Nonfiction
    Build students' skills in content-area comprehension and informational text reading, a critical component of state tests and necessary for future success in and out of the classroom.
  • High-Impact Visual Design
    Captures interest and directs attention to critical textual elements.
  • Aligned with Standards
    Close correlation to state standards and National Council of Social Studies standards permits easy integration with existing curricula in social studies.
  • Extends Learning
    The wide range of topics allows students to extend their learning through the books themselves, related Web sites, project ideas, and parent/home activities.
  • Research Based
    Develops students' reading proficiency through proven teaching strategies.

Student Books

Social Studies Features

  • in-depth, yet accessible explanations of social studies topics
  • topics align with state standards
  • informational text features such as headings, subheadings, photos, timelines, charts, and others

Content-Area Reading Skills

  • develops technical vocabulary
  • introduces various expository text structures
  • builds understanding of informational text features
  • practice of critical reading skills
  • develops informational reading skills
    • cause and effect
    • analysis
    • relate visuals to text
    • compare and contrast
    • summarize
    • and others

Teaching and Assessment Resources

Contains strategies, activities, and information to improve comprehension.

  • prereading ideas, reading, writing, vocabulary, and content-area activities
  • content-area vocabulary-building exercises
  • project ideas
  • strategies for use with English Language Learners
  • a chart correlating each title to national standards
  • a skills and strategies chart for each title
  • project ideas for alternative assessment and parent involvement
  • an objective test for each title

Teaching Content-Area Literacy Strategies Resource

Research-based strategies for teaching content-area literacy before, during, and after reading and with ELLs.

Specially designed Student Post-it® Notes promote active reading. 3 pads=1 student package.


Thematic Book Set
  • 6 softcover copies of 5 Student Books (30)
  • a FREE Teaching and Assessment Resource
  • a FREE durable storage box
Books Sampler
  • 1 softcover copy of each title (5)
  • Teaching and Assessment Resource
Complete Package
  • 10 Thematic Book Sets (300 softcover Student Books)
  • 10 Teaching and Assessment Resources
  • 1 Teaching Content-Area Literacy Strategies Resource
  • 10 storage boxes
  • a 3-pack of Student Post-it® Notes

List of Themes

Select a theme below to view titles and ordering information.