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Becca Vaughn, Director of Development
“ReadWorks Book Studies are the piece that was missing and that could really enhance my ELA block.” - Yvonne A., GA
“Book Studies add a different type of background knowledge that students wouldn’t have had before. They incorporate a lot more ideas into their studies that I wouldn’t have thought to come up with on my own.” - Karlee L., NC
Teaching a novel to your class? Join the thousands of teachers enriching their students' reading of The Lightning Thief, Esperanza Rising, Frindle, Wonder, Sarah, Plain and Tall, and more! ReadWorks Book Studies make it easy to integrate more reading into your daily ELA instruction and deepen your students’ learning.
ReadWorks has Book Studies for elementary and middle school. Each ReadWorks Book Study has a hand-curated text set of diverse, grade-level-appropriate, fiction and nonfiction passages that will deepen students’ understanding of the novel.
Our Knowledge Text Sets help students learn more about major topics in the book, such as the historical context and the geography of the setting. For example, students can learn more about the setting of Florida in our Knowledge Text Set for Because of Winn Dixie.
Theme Text Sets support central ideas that underlie the story, such as friendship and making difficult decisions. You can find texts about “Art and Social Justice” to enrich your students’ reading of The One and Only Ivan.
Deeper Dive Text Sets take the novel a step further by connecting to the real world or a deeper theme. Our Book Study for The Outsiders has a Deeper Dive Text Set on “Finding Out Who You Are and Who You Can Be.” Have your students read one, two, or all three text sets as you teach each book!
Each ReadWorks Book Study can be digitally assigned, printed, or projected. The passages in a text set can be taught in the best order for your students: start with the one that interests them the most or the one most closely tied to your current discussions, then build from there! Each passage comes with an interactive vocabulary activity and comprehension-monitoring question set. Want to bring more writing and speaking in too? Download ReadWorks’ easy one-page guide for linking reading, writing, and speaking!
Have a suggestion for a new ReadWorks Book Study? Email us and let us know! We are always adding more ReadWorks Book Studies!
Visit the ReadWorks Elementary School Book Studies and the ReadWorks Middle School Book Studies pages for new ideas and tools to enhance your students’ classroom experience and your novel units.
Nathalie Karimian, Ed.D., Content & Curricular Supports Developer
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, on March 17! This fun-filled holiday is often associated with four-leaf clovers, leprechauns, and pots of gold. However, there's much more to this holiday than meets the eye. For instance, did you know that St. Patrick was a British prisoner who was kidnapped by Irish pirates as a teenager?
ReadWorks reading passages and question sets are great resources to dig deeper into the true meaning of the holiday this St. Patrick’s Day 2023 while sharpening students’ background knowledge, reading comprehension, and vocabulary.
Motivate your students to learn about the Irish roots that make St. Patrick’s Day special through ReadWorks’ engaging ELA offerings:
Saint Patrick’s Day Reading Passages:
Irish-American Heritage Month Reading Passages:
Samuel Siegel, Marketing & Development Specialist