Providing multiple texts on the same topic or theme allows students to interact with multiple perspectives and develop their critical thinking skills. Students have the opportunity to question, analyze, compare, connect, and evaluate what is said and by whom, building their Critical Literacy skills.
Watch how this eleventh grade history teacher uses images, maps, books, and speeches to encourage questioning and Inferencing from multiple sources. As her students observe and analyze these diverse forms of media, they see and connect these elements in the context of the overall Civil War, supporting their Disciplinary Literacy skills.
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Learn how CommonLit offers paired texts to encourage connections across texts. Students can explore similar themes and use the provided prompts and questions to deepen their analyses.