Familiar Texts Used in Integrated Model Testlets

Accessing DLM Familiar Texts

Familiar texts used in DLM assessments are shared through Tar Heel Reader. Tar Heel Reader is a library of open-source, accessible, texts for individuals with disabilities of all ages. This page links directly to books used in DLM English language arts assessments. Find books by selecting Grade and Title. The link will take you to the book 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 PowerPoint or EPUB versions of the books.

The links on this page go directly to books used in DLM assessments. Familiar texts are used at the initial precursor level and sometimes at the distal and proximal precursor levels in grades 3–5. 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. There are books on the site that are inappropriate for some audiences. Reviewers do their best to make sure these books are marked with the CAUTION. As a result, students should NOT be sent independently to the Tar Heel Reader site. Teachers can avoid books that they might find offensive by limiting their search to books that are “Reviewed Only” and “Rated E/Everybody.”

Grade 3

    •  About grade 3 familiar texts

Henry and Mudge

My Father's Dragon

Ramona Quimby, Age 8

Grade 4

    •  About grade 4 familiar texts

The Birchbark House

Bud, Not Buddy

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Grade 5

    •  About grade 5 familiar texts


Tuck Everlasting

The Secret Garden

Grade 6

    •  About grade 6 familiar texts

Anne of Green Gables


Little Women

Grade 7

    •  About grade 7 familiar texts

Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of The Iliad


The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Grade 8

    •  About grade 8 familiar texts


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Touching Spirit Bear

Grade 9–10

    •  About grades 9–10 familiar texts

All Creatures Great and Small

To Kill a Mockingbird

The Miracle Worker

Grade 11–12

    •  About grades 11–12 familiar texts

A White Heron

My Ántonia

The Great Gatsby