Free Student Texts

Free texts for reading instruction! TextProject is the sole website with free texts based on the science of reading. The TExT model underlying our texts has been validated through scientific research. Texts are available for beginning readers to middle-school students who need support in automaticity and vocabulary.

For programs such as BeginningReaders and FYI for Kids, world-renowned researcher and teacher educator, Patricia Cunningham, has written lessons to accompany the texts.

Grades K-1

New: TextProject’s Decoding + Knowledge Program. Read more about its scope and sequence here.

Research Enhancing Opportunities for Decoding and Knowledge Building through Beginning Texts


Beginning Reads

TextProject’s BeginningReads program supports teachers, parents, and tutors in bringing children into reading. The goal of BeginningReads is to connect student’s oral language knowledge with written language. Ten levels (of 12 books each) are available.

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Grades 2-5

FYI for Kids

FYI for Kids

A collection of engaging and high-quality magazine articles designed to enhance the Common Core classroom’s reading repertoire.

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Students who don’t read much over the summer show a decline in reading performance from the end of one grade to the start of the next. Research shows that even reading 4 or 5 books over the summer helps to prevent the summer slump.SummerReads are accessible, engaging texts for at-risk readers… for FREE! And there are enough texts for an entire summer of reading.

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Talking Points For Kids

Talking Points For Kids aims to increase discussion amongst students on topics that relate to them. To read about the importance of talking about ideas that matter, take a look at the Frankly Freddy entry: High-Leverage Action #1.

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Middle School

Research When Students Perform at the BelowBasic Level on the NAEP: What Does It Mean and What Can Educators Do?

Stories of Words

Stories of Words aims to develop students’ interest in interesting words (e.g., snickerdoodles, terrapin, scuba).

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TopicReads™ – Middle School

African American middle school student reading a TopicReads text on a laptop

TopicReads is an evidence-based set of texts that support vocabulary, background knowledge, and comprehension for struggling, middle-school readers. Texts become progressively harder across the 6 levels, from an emphasis on the 600 most frequent root words at Level A to Level F, where all 2,500 root word families that make up 90% of all the words in texts appear. The texts are available in two formats: downloadable PDFs or online flipboRead More »TopicReads™ – Middle School

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All Grades

Read-Aloud Favorites

A collection of reviewed tradebooks that were selected for use as a read-aloud in a classroom or home setting.

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