Mentor Text List Aligned With All Common Core Reading Standards

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Jenifer Stewart
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2nd - 8th, Homeschool
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These lists have been a lifesaver for finding mentor texts that fit our standards! Thank you for the time you put into compiling this extensive list.
What an amazing resource to use. I'm new to teaching in the elementary setting (and new to teaching reading) so this is a great great resource to have!


**Updated 8/2/15 with new titles and Lexile levels!

This resource includes a list of over 4500 book titles to teach 49 different Common Core literature and informational reading standards. The book titles are organized alphabetically by skill within each literature and informational standard. Lexile levels are listed for you to determine the reading level/grade level that is most appropriate for your class. If a Lexile level is missing, it is because there is no Lexile level listed for that title in the Lexile database.

You can use these books to introduce reading skills as a whole group or in small, guided reading groups. They can also be useful when assigning literature circle books or independent reading to reinforce the skills you have taught. A wide range of books is included for each skill.

Texts are listed alphabetically and grouped according to skill/standard.

Literature Skills:
Identifying Causes & Effects
Drawing & Supporting Conclusions
Forming Literal & Interpretive Questions/QAR
Determining Theme
Main Ideas & Details
Character Development
Analyzing Plot Structure/Climax
Vocabulary Development/Context Clues
Problem/Solution Structure
Poetry Structure/Figurative Language
Point of View/Author’s Purpose
Comparing Text to Moie
Making Connections

Informational Skills:
Explicit vs. Implicit Questions
Main Ideas & Details
Generating Questions/QAR
Sequencing/Explain Events
Vocabulary Development/Context Clues
Nonfiction Text Features
Nonfiction Text Structure Organization
Firsthand vs. Secondhand Account
Recognizing Bias
Determining Importance
Interpreting Information in Charts, Diagrams, Timelines, & Graphs
Critically Analyzing Text/Evaluating Information
Facts & Opinions
Making Predictions
Activating Background Knowledge

This list is perfect in conjunction with my Ultimate Reading Notebook for Students and Teachers, which provides both guided and independent practice of each of the skills included within this download.

I am a lover of children's literature and have collected thousands of books. I have conducted hundreds (if not thousands) of hours of research to compile this thorough list. You are sure to find a book in your own (or your school) library to teach every skill.

This list is part of my Mentor Text List Bundle in my store.

I also have the following other mentor text lists:
Mentor Text List for 6-Trait Writing
Mentor Text List for 11 Different Fiction and Nonfiction Genres
Math Mentor Text List
Mentor Texts for Teaching Grammar Skills

If you like this product, please check out the other products in my store and consider clicking on the “Follow Me” button by my store name for updates on new products that are rigorous and aligned with Common Core standards.

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