When instructors use paired texts, they have the opportunity to expand students’ content knowledge, increase their reading comprehension, and develop their critical thinking skills. Culturally Responsive Teaching uses students' customs and perspectives as tools for better classroom instruction. In this workshop, we marry paired text and culturally responsive teaching to create activities that are engaging, promote higher-order thinking, and develop a space of safety and belonging for students. Participants will review the seven purposes for pairing text and explore lesson plans and activities that link with each purpose. After the lesson plans and resources are explored, the audience will consider how they could enhance instruction through pairing texts using a culturally responsive lens.
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