Familiar Texts Used in Year-End Model Testlets

Familiar texts used in Dynamic Learning Maps® assessments are shared through Tar Heel Reader. Tar Heel Reader is a library of open-source, accessible texts for individuals of all ages with disabilities. This page links directly to books used in DLM English language arts assessments. The links will take you to the books in Tar Heel Reader. Tar Heel Reader has been designed to allow students to use a variety of alternative access methods. More information about accessing Tar Heel Reader is available on its website. When you are on the title page of a book in Tar Heel Reader, you may click the settings icon at the top right of the screen to download a PowerPoint or EPUB version of the book.

For DLM assessments, familiar texts are always used at the initial precursor level and sometimes at other levels. These books have been developed using DLM text-development guidelines adopted by DLM states; however, please note that Tar Heel Reader is a large, open-source library of books. Books are contributed to the site by teachers, students, parents, and others from all over the world. Some books on the site are inappropriate for younger audiences. Reviewers do their best to make sure these books are rated C/Caution, but appropriate ratings of all books cannot be assumed. As a result, students should NOT be sent independently to the Tar Heel Reader site. Teachers can avoid books that they might find inappropriate for younger students by limiting their search to books that are “Reviewed Only” and “Rated E/Everybody.”

Using DLM familiar texts to prepare for spring testing

  • Texts can be accessed at any time and are available for use in classroom instruction.
  • Texts are available prior to testing to help teachers familiarize students with the content of the texts.
  • The first ELA testlet a student receives will be from Section 1, the next testlet will be from Section 2, and so on.
  • Sections are marked with an (S) if they are comprised of Story texts, and marked with an (I) if they are comprised of Informational texts.
  • The levels on the left indicate the complexity level of the text and the testlet for that section, from most basic to most complex.

Guide to Familiar Texts (pdf)

Grade 3

Level Section 1 (S) Section 2 (S) Section 3 (S) Section 4 (I) Section 5 (I) Section 6 (I)
Initial Precursor Fran's Favorite Book A Favorite Toy Mark Likes Dinosaurs Inviting Friends Over School Time Things in a Classroom
Distal Precursor Buddy's Nose New Baby Sister Ben's Puppy The Library Going on a Field Trip Books are Great
Proximal Precursor Feed the Ducks A Cat for Ana &
Rock Hunting
The Case of the Missing Doll Bus Drivers How to Get a New Pet American Symbols
Target     A New School      

Grade 4

Level Section 1 (S) Section 2 (S) Section 3 (S) Section 4 (I) Section 5 (I) Section 6 (I)
Initial Precursor Fran Gwen and Pete are Friends &
Jenny and the Cat
The First Day of School Using a Pencil Things to See at School The Art Classroom
Distal Precursor Lemonade Evan's Adventure The Missing Book A Car Stay Warm A Tea Party
Proximal Precursor The Muddy Day &
Jill
      Getting Ready to Camp Dogs at Work &
Caring for a Dog
Target         The Zoo  

Grade 5

Level Section 1 (S) Section 2 (S) Section 3 (S) Section 4 (I) Section 5 (I) Section 6 (I)
Initial Precursor A New School The Dinner Party Pet Fish Packing for a Picnic Cats Climb and Hide The Classroom
Distal Precursor Emma and Max Joe and Emma Ask for a Puppy Lions &
Keepsakes Are Special
Animal Eyes &
Furs, Feathers, and Scales
Things in a Kitchen Flowers
Proximal Precursor           Elephants &
Oak Trees

Grade 6

Level Section 1 (S) Section 2 (S) Section 3 (S) Section 4 (I) Section 5 (I)
Initial Precursor Sam Went to the Zoo &
Road Trip
Road Trip &
Busy at School
Family Reunions &
Be Clean
Hiking Up a Mountain Be Clean
Distal Precursor Fred's Food The Fishing Trip Park Rangers    

Grade 7

Level Section 1 (S) Section 2 (S) Section 3 (S) Section 4 (I) Section 5 (I)
Initial Precursor Meg Goes to Work Playing Ball &
Meg Goes to Work
Toys &
Things In a Desk
What to Wear Machines at Home
Distal Precursor Tia Visits a Farm &
The Fuzzy Bunny
  The Olympics    

Grade 8

Level Section 1 (S) Section 2 (S) Section 3 (S) Section 4 (I) Section 5 (I)
Initial Precursor The Special Dinner Leah's School Day Kim Writes a List Let's Get Ready for Bed A Day at School

Grade 9

Level Section 1 (S) Section 2 (S) Section 3 (S) Section 4 (I) Section 5 (I)
Initial Precursor Bob and the Sandwich Chore Day Postcards You Can Help Rachel Carson
Distal Precursor   Skipping Rocks     The Statue of Liberty

Grade 10

Level Section 1 (S) Section 2 (S) Section 3 (S) Section 4 (I) Section 5 (I)
Initial Precursor Viv Goes to the Store Jon Gets Ready for School The Planet Earth Art is Fun &
How to Do the Dishes
The School Day
Distal Precursor   A Surprise at the Fair   Egypt  

Grade 11

Level Section 1 (S) Section 2 (S) Section 3 (S) Section 4 (I)
Initial Precursor Stef's Problems The Movie Getting a Haircut Homegrown Tomatoes
Distal Precursor   Matt and Tom &
Being Honest
   

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