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Literature & Thought

Teach students to be critical thinkers through a unique questioning strategy supporting close reading of complex texts

The unique design of Literature & Thought provides the thematic literature and teaching support you need.

  • informational text
  • close reading strategies
  • writing to sources
  • critical thinking
  • appropriate text complexity
  • text dependent questions and tasks

Choose from 25 titles in historical events and eras, literary themes, literary genres, government and current events.

Student Editions

  • A variety of thematically-connected test types—outstanding literature, literary nonfiction, and content-rich informational texts engage students and focus attention on critical thinking questions.
  • Creating context—an introductory essay, graphics, and concept vocabulary support the essential question and help students connect with the overall theme.
  • Essential questions (whole book) and cluster questions (units) focus on developing specific critical thinking skills through careful reading, textual analysis, discussion, and writing activities.
  • Responding to cluster activities—textual analysis, writing, and discussion activities follow each cluster. The final cluster focuses on synthesizing information to answer the essential question.

Close Reading Skills Handbook—detailed guidance to help students turn standards into actionable skills practice.

  • Close Reading guidelines for a careful interpretation of the text
    • specific to the type of text being read—informational, argumentative, narrative, or poetry
    • students are prompted with detailed “questions to ask” and “where to look for answers” for a guided first read and focused re-reading
  • Textual Evidence—guidelines show students how to work textual evidence into a written literary analysis or informational report.
  • Comparing Texts—focus points and questions for comparing and contrasting different texts with an emphasis on strategies if text types or medium differ.