Multiple-Source Comprehension Collection

Multiple-source comprehension refers to the cognitive work that a reader does to evaluate, read, and synthesize information from different texts (e.g., print documents, online resources, primary and secondary sources). The resources in this collection are meant to support educators to plan reading tasks that involve more than one source of information—whether that source is printed text or some other kind of media. The collection includes links to standards educators can use to plan instruction, recommended document collections to support multiple-source comprehension, and resources to support teaching of history and science reading practices.

College and Career Ready Standards

The following links provide educators with quick access to the standards that should be used as part of planning. The following standards can be used to guide the design of reading tasks that build multiple-source comprehension. 

Teaching Disciplinary Reading Practices

In subjects like history and science, students often have to read many different sources of information. One promising way to teach students how to read and interpret multiple sources of information is with a “disciplinary literacy” approach to teaching a subject. A disciplinary literacy approach involves teaching students reading and writing practices that align with how experts learn and communicate within their discipline. The resources in this section can be used to support the teaching of disciplinary reading practices in history and science.