Grade 8 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 Grade 8 Familiar Texts (pdf)

Texts with an asterisk (*) contain material that some students may find sensitive.


Roy and the Beach
Roy and the Running Boy
Roy's New School

Informational Texts
Animal Biologists
Field Trips
Service Dogs

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Tom Goes Camping
Tom Goes to School
Tom Picks Vegetables
Tom's Adventurous Day*
Tom's in Trouble*
Tom's Stories*

Informational Texts
Camping Supplies
People at School
Picnics at the Park
Pirates Love Treasure
Summer Fun
Treasure and Pirates

Touching Spirit Bear


Back to the Island
Circle Justice*
Finding Peace
Return to the Island

Informational Texts
Alaska Animals
Animals in Alaska
School Community