TopicReads

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 ebooks. 

Level ADownload all Level A TopicReads (zip file)

Science

The Five Senses

Stars

Solids, Liquids and Gases

Arts and Culture

Drums

Famous Paintings

Outdoor Art

Social Studies

Americans Who Dream

Careers

The Stone Age

Literature and Language

Realistic Fiction

Word Play

Real-World Reading

Level BDownload all Level B TopicReads (zip file)

Social Studies

National Symbols

Money

Cars: Then and Now

Literature and Language

Writing Diaries

How the News Gets to You

From Book to Movie

Science

Do Animals Talk?

Water

Forces Around Us

Arts and Culture

Popular Foods in the United States

Dance

Wearable Art

Level CDownload all Level C TopicReads (zip file)

Science

Exercise & Your Body

Earthquakes

Inventions

Arts and Culture

Masks

Jazz

Posters

Social Studies

Our National Government

Oceans

Ancient Egypt

Literature and Language

Adventure Writing

Many Ways to Communicate

Comics and Cartoons

Level D Download all Level D TopicReads (zip file)

Social Studies

Immigration to the United States

Our North American Neighbors

Ancient Rome

Literature and Language

Mystery Writing

The Internet

Creating Ads

Science

Taking Care of the Human Body

Volcanoes

Wind and Solar Energy

Arts and Culture

The Origin of Sports

Art and Technology

Fashion

Level EDownload all Level E TopicReads (zip file)

Science

Eating for Energy

Earth’s Moon

Heat and Energy

Arts and Culture

Science Fiction

All About English

Newspapers

Social Studies

Civil Rights Leaders

Managing Money

The American Civil War

Literature and Language

Guitars

People in Pictures

Music in the Movies

Level FDownload all Level F TopicReads (zip file)

Social Studies

Speeches That Inspire

Purchasing Power

Ancient Greece

Literature and Language

Myths

All About Advertising

Careers in Language

Science

The Human Nervous System

Environmental Disasters

Computers

Arts and Culture

Murals

Amazing Architecture

Designing for All