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Anchor Texts by Theme

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• Black type indicates Literature Text.

The same nine themes occur at every grade level, specific theme content changes to reflect the developmental and interest levels of students. Themes range from personal, spiritual, and family-oriented topics to those incorporating cultural, sociological, and environmental issues. Spiritual lessons aligned with the Adventist Worldview, essential question, and big idea are intentionally integrated within the unit. The framework for instruction is consistent across grade levels.

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GRADE

 

 

Heroes

 

My World

and Others

 

Living

Things

 

Walking

with God

 

Friends

and Family

 

The

Environment

Personal Feelings

and Growth

 

 

Yesterday

 

Social Issues and Culture

Ellen Ochoa

by Jaffee

 

 

 

Odd Boy Out

by Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fly High!

by Borden

 

 

 

 

The Story of George Washington Carver

by Moore

 

 

Good Queen Bess

by Stanley

 

 

Amos Fortune, Free Man

by Yates

 

 

 

David Livingstone

by Benge

 

 

Noah Webster

by Shea

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Arroz con lech (Rice Pudding)

by Argueta

 

 

On the Same Day in March

by Singer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot

by Raven

 

 

A Boy Named Beckoning

by Capaldi

 

 

 

 

Lewis and Clark

By Rodger

 

 

If You Lived Here

by Laroche

 

 

 

Shipwrecked

by Blumberg

 

 

 

I Am Malala

by Yousafzai

A Tree is a Plant

by Bulla

 

 

Cactus Hotel

by Guiberson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grow With Me: Spider

By Bodden

 

 

 

Far From Shore

by Webb

 

 

 

 

 

Butterflies
and Moths

by Bishop

 

 

First Flight

by Carrol

 

 

 

 

Gifts of an Eagle

by Durden

 

 

Phineas Gage

by Fleishman

Little Maid

by Degering

 

 

 

Twice Yours

by Gurley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Question of Yams

by Repp

 

 

 

Out of the Blue

by Mills

 

 

 

 

 

Guardians of the Mercy Seat

by Booth

 

 

Jonah

 

 

 

 

 

Shepherd Warrior

by Booth

 

 

Heartwarming Stories of Adventist Pioneers

by Collins

The Doorbell Rang

by Hutchins

 

 

Galimoto

by Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lemonade Club

by Polacco

 

 

 

Yuki

by Crawford

 

 

 

 

 

Thin Wood Walls

by Patneaude

 

 

The Door in the Wall

by de Angeli

 

 

 

Heartbeat

by Creech

 

 

 

Eric Liddell

by Benge

We All Went on Safari

by Krebs

 

 

Me … Jane

by McConnell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will We
Miss Them?

by Wright

 

 

 

Come Back Salmon

by Cone

 

 

 

 

Dinosaurs

by Graham-Kennedy

 

 

Volcano

by Lauber

 

 

 

 

Under the Ice

by Conlan

 

 

 

The Case of the Monkeys that Fell from the Trees and Other Mysteries in Tropical Nature

by Quinlan

The Art Lesson

by dePaola

 

 

 

Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match (Marisol McDonald no combina)

by Brown

 

 

The Gardener

by Stewart

 

 

 

 

Julius!

by Wiggins

 

 

 

 

 

A Family Apart

by Nixon

 

 

 

Song of the Trail

by Cason

 

 

 

Maritcha

by Bolden

 

 

 

A Single Shard

by Park

Warrior Maiden

by Schecter

 

 

Charlie Horse

by Ricchiuti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah, Plain and Tall

by MacLachlan

 

 

 

The Cabin Faced West

by Fritz

 

 

 

 

Small Steps

by Kehret

 

 

 

A Long Walk
to Water

by Parks

 

 

 

Kids at Work

by Freedman

 

 

 

The Forbidden Schoolhouse

by Jurmain

Cleversticks

by Ashley

 

 

 

Helen Keller

by Hurwitz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Miss Grandpa

by Holford

 

 

 

Twenty and Ten

by Bishop

 

 

 

 

Journey to Jo’burg

by Naidoo

 

 

Esperanza Rising

by Ryan

 

 

 

Drowned City

by Brown

 

 

 

Luke

Themes

Text Complexity

Research supports the need to choose more complex text to better prepare students for post-secondary experiences—either academic or work. Text complexity demands for college and career readiness have held steady or increased over the past half century, yet the complexity of texts that K-12 students use has steadily decreased in that same interval. Pathways 2.0 provides increased text complexity in literary selections.

The Three-Part Model for Text Complexity useful in understanding the expectations of complex texts at all grade levels. The three domains—quantitative, qualitative, reader and task considerations—are equally intertwined in determining the appropriateness of text.