Choosing a Short Text

Students read texts for many different purposes within a classroom. The resources below can help teachers select the appropriate text for each purpose. Click on each hyperlink to download the resource.

Quick Reference Tables—PDF

  • cards sorted by text types, genres, reading levels and Lexile levels

Search-n-Sort Spreadsheet

  • search by keyword, themes and topics
  • sort and find cards with links to science, geography, CAPA, IT and maths
  • find cards that support the Australian Curriculum: English (years 2–6)

Text Selection and General Resources

  • advice on choosing a text within or beyond a student’s reading age
  • scheduling advice
  • 6 printable worksheets to help students respond to non-fiction texts