NOTE: This was originally published on "The Classroom Bookshelf" blog on October 1, 2012.
We wrote Teaching with Text Sets because we have
witnessed the power of children’s literature to engage students, inspire
content exploration, and differentiate instruction. We’ve also seen the
potential for digital multimodal texts, like the kinds we regularly
our Classroom Bookshelf blog entries, to transform K-8 classrooms. Over
the years, the teachers with whom we work at Lesley University have
expressed the desire to teach using multimodal, multigenre
text sets, but feel that they lack the resources, time, support, as well
strategies that we have developed over the years. Thus, this book is an
our work as classroom teachers and teacher educators.