Grades 9-10 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 9-10 Familiar Texts (pdf)

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

All Creatures Great and Small

Getting Ready for College
James Helps the Cow

Informational Texts
A Day at School
A Day on the Farm
Winter Time

To Kill a Mockingbird

Dad Loved the Farm
Farm Life, City Life
Missing the Old Farm

Informational Texts
Every Day is Different
Friends are Great

The Miracle Worker


Annie Goes to Alabama
Being Nice at Dinner*
Helen and Annie*
Helen Keller*
The Kind Teacher*

Informational Texts
At the Theater
Table Manners
Using Manners
Using Water
What Teachers Do