Reading Bundles

As we deisolate our next generation standards to determine our sequencing we will be putting together reading bundles to use per unit for each nine weeks.  These reading bundles will be available on this page of the website and more are added as the year unfolds.  Currently there is a collection of lexiled PDF files here to assist you in incorporating readings in your classroom.  These PDFs are in strands below to make it easier to fit into your instruction.  Also, we have some non-lexiled PDFS available here too.  

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Student Choice

Allowing students to choose at least some of what they read in class can improve their motivation. Interest inventories can help teachers learn about what interests their students and recommend books accordingly. Remember that success breeds success: Be sure to find a book that the reader can read with at least 95 percent accuracy. (A simple rule of thumb is that if there are more than 7 unknown words among the first 100, the book will probably be too difficult.)

For readers who are several years below grade level, there are many “high interest, low vocabulary” books, and even books on tape for students, available from educational publishers. Many publishers bundle high-interest sets of books together on topics that appeal to both male and female students (e.g. motorcycles, romance). Magazines, the Internet, and picture books can also be great resources for struggling readers. Text that is short and relevant to teens’ lives is captivating. The more students simply read, the better readers they will become.

There are many online lists of outstanding books for preteens and teens on every topic imaginable, along with reviews and information on authors who are popular with students. The following sources are particularly helpful:

All of these Web sites have contributions written for and by kids that can be especially helpful to teachers working with unmotivated students. Teachers should be sure to read the books themselves before purchasing them for class use, however—times have changed regarding what’s considered acceptable in teen material. Some books may be appropriate for teens to read outside of school, but not for in-school study and discussion with a whole class. If teachers choose books with controversial content, they should apprise parents of the content prior to using the books with students.


P  D  F  s              B  Y             C  O  U  R  S  E             A N D           U  N  I  T  


New World


New Nation

Nation Divided

Industrial America

New World Power

Contemp America

5th grade Simon Bolivar





Age of Revolution

20th Century Crisis

Beyond 20th Century



Spatial Terms


Human Systems

Uses of Geography




International Relations




Economic systems

Free enterprise


Business organization

US Economy

Global Market


L  E  X  I  L  E  D           P  D  F  s  :

Here are some PDFs Lexiled for you that are divided by class for the social studies classroom:

G O V E R N M E N T     C I V I C S


ratify 930L

ownership society 1030L

Montesquieu 1240L

magna carta meaning 1440L

Magna Carta comes to America 1300L

magna carta 1040L

john locke 860L

freedom of the press 980L

Declaration of Independence

Abraham Lincoln, [March 4, 1865] (Second Inaugural Address; endorsed by Lincoln, April 10, 1865)

bill of rights 930L


International Relations



A M E R I C A N   H I S T O R Y

Women’s Rights 1290

Return Home 1130L

Red Scare 1140L

reconstruction 1230

Reconstructing America

Rachel Carson 1270

Military Choice 1120

Impeachment 900

Henry Ford 1120L

Harlem Renaissance 1110L

Godmother of Student Movement 1050

Civil Righrs Years 1050

Cesar Chavez 1130

Black Codes 1100

Return Home  1130L

New World


New Nation

Nation Divided

Industrial America

New World Power

Contemp America


W O R L D    H I S T O R Y

Ways of thinking 980

Voltaire 1090

Two Great Artists 940

Rousseau 1280

Reformation 1160



Military Modernization 1789-1918 1240

MACHIAVELLI’S The Prince. 1040

Locke 860

Indira Gandhi 1060

Gutenberg 1140

Golda Meir 1230

Bosnia & Herzegovina 1130



Age of Revolution

20th Century Crisis

Beyond 20th Century


W E S T   V I R G I N I A

John Brown Newspaper articles

Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

WV Encyclopedia


Marshall University

West Virginia University

Stephen B. Elkins

Francis H. Pierpont

Yellow-Dog Contract

Works Progress Administration (WPA)

West Virginia Turnpike

Washington’s Western Lands

Influenza Epidemic of 1918

Waitman Willey

Hatfield-McCoy Feud

Storer College

Spy Rock

Shirley Donnelly

River Transportation

Pepperoni Rolls

Paint Creek-Cabin Creek Strike


WV Newspapers

Nancy Hanks

Morgan Morgan


Meadow River Lumber Company

Mad Anne Bailey

Lord Dunmore

Layland Mine Explosion

Kanawha Salt Company

Justus Collins

Joseph H. Diss Debar

Jones-Imboden Raid

Johnson Newlon Camden

Jennings Randolph

Homer Laughlin China Company

Holidays and Celebrations

WV Highway Development

Glenville State College

French and Indian War

Francis Harrison Pierpont

Francis Asbury

Fairfax Stone

Fairfax Lands

DuPont Belle Works


Confederate Soldiers in West Virginia

Company Towns

Company Stores

Carnegie Libraries

Camp Washington-Carver

Buffalo Creek Flood

Booker T. Washington

Blenko Glass

Battle of Rich Mountain

Betty Zane

Belle Boyd

Battle of Cheat Mountain

Battle of Blair Mountain

Battle of Allegheny Mountain

WV Baptists


Appalachian Corridor Highways

Alfred Beckley

African Methodist Episcopal Church



G  E  O  G  R  A  P  H  Y  Great Lakes 880L

Caribbean  History 880L

Latin America 930L

Family Ties- C America  850L

Canada 880L

Safe Harbors 1190L

Africa 980L

Kenya’s Flamingos  1250L

Canadian Woodlands 930L

Unsettled Existance  1110L

Panama  1030L

Water is Life 1050L

When the horse came 1070L

Kurds 950L

Savannah  1080L

Islam 950L

Iraq  1050L

West Indies  830L

Cortes  700L

Spatial Terms


Human Systems

Uses of Geography




K E L L Y   G A L L A G H E R

Below you will find the articles Kelly Gallagher assigned* this year to his students.

Please note, all articles are subject to the copyright protections stipulated by the original source.

“One School Girl’s Protest of Seventeen Magazine — Now 75,000 Strong” by Julia Bluhm for (A Note from Kelly: As the school year comes to a close, this will be the last AoW of the year. Here’s to the teachers who are committed to building our students’ prior knowledge. You have to know stuff to read stuff.)
“Think Congress Is Sophomoric? A Study Says You’re Right” by Lisa Mascaro for the Los Angeles Times
“Brain Ailments in Veterans Likened to Those in Athletes” by Gretchen Ertl for the New York Times
“D.I.Y. Biology, on the Wings of the Mockingjay” by James Gorman for the New York Times
“Five Myths About America’s Decline” by Ian Bremmer for the Washington Post
“Study Sheds Light on How Birds Navigate by Magnetic Field” by James Gorman for the New York Times
“New Technology” The Week
“Digital Shadow: How Companies Track You Online” The Atlantic Online
“The Battle for the U.S. Senate” The Week
“The Trayvon Martin Killing” The Week and
“10 Things You Need to Know Today: March 18, 2012″ The Week
“Cracking Down on For-Profit Colleges” The Week
“Americans’ Growing Dependency on Food Stamps” The Week
“Will Jeremy Lin’s Success End Stereotypes?” by Timothy Yu for
“Oscar Night: How Are the Winners Picked?” The Week
“NRC Approves First New Nuclear Plant in a Generation” by Ayesha Rascoe for
“The Kids Are More Than All Right” by Tara Parker-Pope for the New York Times
“Iran: The Showdown Over the Strait of Hormuz” The Week
“A Tough Homecoming for War Veterans” The Week
“The Fragile Teenage Brain” by Jonah Lehrer for
“Buff Your Brain” by Sharon Begley for Newsweek
“Al Qaeda on the Ropes: One Fighter’s Inside Story” by Sami Yousafzai and Ron Moreau for Newsweek
“Last Convoy of American Troops Leaves Iraq, Marking an End to the War” New York Times
“Super PACs: All the Speech Money Can Buy” The Week (revised)
“Obsessed with Children” The Week
“NASA Launches Sophisticated Rover on Journey to Mars” by the Associated Press for the New York Times
“Bystander Psychology: Why Some Witnesses to Crime Do Nothing” by Maia Szalavitz and posted on
“Five Myths About Healthy Eating” by Katherine Mangu-Ward for theWashington Post
“The ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Movement” as posted on
“Paralyzed Man Uses Mind-Powered Robot to Touch” by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer
“Cleaning Up the Trash in Space” The Week
“Brown Signs California Dream Act” by Patrick McGreevy and Anthony York for the Los Angeles Times
“Chimpanzees Clear Some Doubt After Generosity Is Questioned” by Carl Zimmer for the New York Times
“Are Americans Smarter Than Ever?” The Week
“Five Myths About Earthquakes” by Susan Hough for the Washington Post
“Making Headway in the Movement to Protect the World’s Sharks” by Elisabeth Rosenthal for the New York Times
“A Legacy of Illnesses from 9/11″ by Linda Zamosky for the Los Angeles Times
My Plate Replaces the Food Pyramid from

Looking for previous year’s Article of the Week assignments? Check out the
Article of the Week Archive.


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