Made for Each Other:
Compiled by Megan Schliesman and Merri V. Lindgren
Paired Texts for the Common Core Standards
in Middle and High School Classrooms
© 2012 Cooperative Children's Book Center
The Common Core Standards emphasize the importance of high quality non-fiction across the curriculum, including in English Language Arts. “Through reading a diverse array of classic and contemporary literature as well as challenging informational texts in a range of subjects, students are expected to build knowledge, gain insights, explore possibilities, and broaden their perspective.” (Key Points in English Language Arts Standards: Reading)
This bibliography has been developed to model how ELA teachers can pair informational books with works of fiction. Pairings or groupings of different type of texts on related topics or themes can inform and extend readers’ understanding of a specific work or the topic or theme.
This list is designed as a starting point for ways to think about pairing or grouping works of fiction with informational texts and other works. It is by no means meant to be exhaustive—contemporary literature for youth offers a wealth of additional possibilities. The primary emphasis is on suggesting informational books that connect in one or more ways with novels, but in some cases poetry, short stories and even picture books are also included.
In most cases, a group of books on a specific topic or theme is listed alphabetically by author. In a few instances, a particular pairing of books is set apart from others listed on a particular theme or topic if that pairing is especially illuminating.
Click here for a pdf version of this list. (This list is not available as an interactive online bibliography.)
Click on underlined book titles to see the CCBC review of the book, and/or the cover image.
Complete list of CCBC bibliographies
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