Locating Grade-Appropriate Complex Texts and Instructional Resources

K-5 Materials

  1. Common Core State Standards Appendix B
  2. Achieve the Core
  3. Engage NY Reading Lists (P-12) Excel File
  4. Engage NY/ ReadWorks.org Database of Reading Passages (must create free account to access)
  5. TextProject.org Read Aloud Favorites & Narrative Benchmark Books
  6. TeachingBooks.net Common Core Grade-Level Resources (14-day free trial)
  7. CCSSO Navigating Text Complexity Roadmaps
  8. NYC DOE Video on Text Complexity (4 min)

Kindergarten/First Grade

  1. PS 134 Video (7 min) using It’s a Butterfly’s Life by Irene Kelly (K)
  2. Nancy Frey and Doug Fisher PPT using The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle (PDF/PPT) (K)
  3. Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins (K)
  4. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss (Grade 1)
  5. Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus (K/1) (OCCSS Text Complexity Analysis Roadmap)
  6. My Feet by Aliki (OCCSS Text Complexity Analysis Roadmap)
  7. Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman (OCCSS Text Complexity Analysis Roadmap)
  8. TextProject Discussion of Kindergarten Common Core Standands


  1. The Fire Cat by Esther Averill
  2. Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens
  3. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
  4. The Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron (OCCSS Text Complexity Analysis Roadmap)
  5. Wonders of Nature by Cheryl Ryan (OCCSS Text Complexity Analysis Roadmap)

Fourth/Fifth Grade

  1. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  2. The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
  3. Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman (OCCSS Text Complexity Analysis Roadmap)
  4. The View from Saturday by E.L. Konisburg (OCCSS Text Complexity Analysis Roadmap)
  5. When Mr. Jefferson Came to Philadelphia by Ann Turner (OCCSS Text Complexity Analysis Roadmap)
  6. American Revolution by Kids Discover Magazine (OCCSS Text Complexity Analysis Roadmap)

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