Text to Text
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Pairning Often Taught Texts with Timely News Articles


Text to Text is a group of 32 lessons created by the New York Time Learning Blog folks. They pair an often- taught text (literary, historical, science or math) with a relevant news articles from the Times archives. This pairing helps relate traditional texts with modern news stories and increases relevance for students. Each Text to Text includes relevant visuals, a lesson plan, guiding questions and excerpts for close reading exercises. Text to Text publishes one new lesson a month during the school year, but already represented include classics like Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies, Plato's Republic and the Bill of Rights. They also occasionally pair contemporary readings that cover newsworthy topics like the Fall of the Berlin Wall, the Reintroduction of Wolves in Yellowstone and Women's History Month. Worth a look!


With 32 lessons and growing, it is worth a check to see if a topic you are teaching in class is covered by Text to Text. Theres no great way to filter by subject matter, but with only 32 lessons, you can browse through them quickly or try a search by keyword. If you get a hit, it is an tremendous resource and time save in terms of finding tons of associated media all in one place. There is a link to Common Core Standards covered by each lesson at the bottom.


Of Mice and Men Paired with "Friendship in an Age of Economics": http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/tag/text-to-text/

The Bill of Rights Paired With "The Bill of Rights We Deserve": http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/25/text-to-text-the-bill-of-rights-and-the-bill-of-rights-we-deserve/

Lord of the Flies Paired with "A Flight Club for Flies": http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/22/text-to-text-lord-of-the-flies-and-a-fight-club-for-flies/


Subjects :HistoryLiteratureGrades :789101112Course Standard :Core Curriculum

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