Grades 11-12 Familiar Texts for Instructionally Embedded Model States

DLM Familiar Texts are provided for use during shared reading instruction. During shared reading instruction, adults work to maximize student engagement and interaction, while asking very few direct questions. This is especially important for students who are completing DLM testlets at the Initial Precursor linkage level. These students struggle with engagement and communication. As such, adults have to work to recruit and sustain student interest and engagement while teaching them to communicate using gestures, images in the book, and objects. Shared reading interactions can also help students learn to respond to simple yes/no questions using a gesture or movement (e.g., head shake/nod, looking up/down, hand up/down).

You can learn more about shared reading by completing these DLM Professional Development modules:
Shared Reading Online Self-directed Module
Shared Reading Facilitated Module Materials for Groups

Or the modules and supports provided by our partners at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at

About Grades 11-12 Familiar Texts (pdf)

A White Heron

Cousin John
Mary and Martha

Informational Texts
Business People
Making a Dress
What is a Wig?

My Ántonia

The Garden
Jim and Antonia
Traveling to Nebraska

Informational Texts

The Great Gatsby


An Invitation
Gatsby and Daisy Drink Tea
Gatsby Meets New Friends

Informational Texts
Friends Talk
Fun in Different Weather
Inventions of the 1920s