Grade 8 Familiar Texts for Year-End 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)


Roy and the Running Boy
Roy's New School

Informational Texts
Field Trips
Service Dogs

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Tom Goes Camping
Tom Goes to School

Informational Texts
Camping Supplies
People at School
Treasure and Pirates

Touching Spirit Bear


Finding Peace
Return to the Island

Informational Texts
Animals in Alaska
School Community