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Accessing the Teacher Education Resource Center (TERC) and Imaginarium During Milne Library Closure
The TERC Collection is now available in Fraser Hall Library. It has children's and young adult books, dolls and puppets, toys and games, manipulatives, and more.
- Users can browse the collection during the library's open hours and check-out materials at the Service Desk.
- Items circulate for 30 days.
- Users can learn how to search for TERC materials in GLOCAT in this tutorial video or handout.
- Users can get help using the TERC during office hours.
- Check back in the Spring 2023 semester for interns' office hours.
The Imaginarium is now located in South Hall 243A. It is a creative space for students to work on projects, such as lesson plan materials. Supplies are limited; when possible, please bring your own construction paper, cardstock, and poster board.
- Users can visit the Imaginarium only during office hours.
- The Imaginarium is now closed for the Fall 2022 semester and will reopen the week of February 6, 2023 with the Spring 2023 interns.
- If you need access into the Imaginarium prior to then, please contact Becky Leathersich (firstname.lastname@example.org).
What Are Text Sets?
A text set is a collection of sources that support a common theme, issue or topic. Text sets should include a variety of genres, text types, levels and formats.
Examples of material include (but are not limited to):
- fiction (novels, picture books, short stories)
- non fiction
- newspaper and magazine articles
- webcasts and podcasts
- primary sources (interviews, documents, artifacts)
Additional Resources on Creating Text Sets
How to Create Text Sets
What steps are involved in putting together a text set?
- Start with the content - what do students need to know or in other words -- what do you need to teach?
- Build the text set - find material that supports the content you want to teach and want students to learn.
- Organize the texts - how and when will you use the texts?
- Creating and responding to texts - how will students work with the texts, what will they do with the texts? (Cappiello, 2013)
A few essential questions to ask and/or issues to consider when assembling a text set.
- Think about the standards. What are students expected to know and be able to do? This can dictate the topics/themes chosen.
- What do you (the teacher) want students to know (beyond the standards)?
- What topics/themes/content will engage and excite students (Cappiello, 2013)?
Cappiello, M. A., & Dawes, E. T. (2013). Teaching with text sets. Huntington Beach, Calif: Shell Education.
Finding Magazines/Newspaper Articles
Gale in Context: Elementary This link opens in a new window
Gale in Context: Elementary meets the research needs of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. It features a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine, newspaper and reference content for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.
Finding Fiction/Non-Fiction Material
When selecting fiction and non fiction material for a text set, consider the following criteria/issues.
- Is it age/grade level/developmentally appropriate for my students?
- Are there reviews available?
- What book lists are available?
Use the given links to find material and answer the above questions.
In addition to the links below, try an advanced Google search for audio or video, your topic, and limit to museums, zoos, archives, government agencies, or universities. i.e. "civil war" and (audio or video) and (museum* OR archive* OR zoo* OR government)
Reading Level Guides
Children's Literature Comprehensive Database This link opens in a new window
The CLCD is the premier academic and research resource for courses needing to locate Children’s and Young Adult books and other media. The content includes over one million of fiction/non-fiction titles, thousands of awards and quality reviews including author/title links, lesson plans and teaching guides. The database offers multiple options including 50 search filters to find materials for determining interest & reading levels; selecting trade books based on standards; creating thematic, annotated biographies; interpreting reviews; developing classroom collections and more.
Lexile Framework for Reading
Search for a specific books or a list of books
Teacher Book Wizard
Use Quick Search to search for reading difficulty and interest level of a specific book title, or use Leveled Search to find a list of books by reading difficulty level. Includes lesson plans, more.