Themes

Science and Social Studies

A checkmark in the RL column indicates an available RESEARCH LABS for that theme.

To the extent possible, each 50 book eLibrary covers the wide
range of levels often encountered in each grade band.
Titles will overlap across grade bands.
*American Revolution eLibrary is only available for Grade 5.
*Plants eLibrary is available for Grades 2-3 and 4.

Theme RL Grade Kindergarten 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9-10 11-12 50 title eLibrary
1–3Y 1G 2G 1B 2B 1R 2R Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br 2Br Si Gl 1 2-3 4-5 6-8 HS
Life Science
Animal Adaptations 4+ 1G-2G 1B 2B 1R 2R Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br
Bugs in Their Ecosystems 1-9 Y-1G 2G 1B 2B 1R 2R Wt Bk Or Pu
Dinosaurs 3-9 1G-1R 2R Wt Bk Or Pu-2Br
Ecosystems 3-9 Y-1G 2G-1B 2B 1R 2R Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br
Human Body 6-9 1B-2B 1R-Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br
Marine Life 2-9 Y-1G 2G-1B 2B 1R 2R Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br
Plants 1-5 Y-1G 2G 1B 2B 1R 2R Wt Bk Or Pu-2Br *
Wild & Endangered Animals 1-5 Y 1G 2G 1B 2B 1R 2R Wt Bk Or Pu
Earth & Space Science
Environmental Studies 4-9 1B-2B 1R 2R Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br Si-Gl
Geology 4-9 1G-2B 1R-2R Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br
Space 4-9 1G-2B 1R-2R Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br Si-Gl
Weather & Climate 2-9 Y-1B 2B 1R 2R Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br
Physical Science
Energy 4+ 1G-2B 1R-2R Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br Si-Gl
Forces & Motion 2+ 1G-1B 2B 1R 2R Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br Si-Gl
Matter 4+ 1G-2B 1R-2R Wt-Bk Or Pu-2Br Si-Gl
World History
Ancient Civilizations 6+ 2R-Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br Si-Gl
Medieval Civilizations 7+ 2B-Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br Si-Gl
Age of Exploration 6+ 2R-Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br Si-Gl
Holocaust 6+ 1R-Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br Si-Gl
The Arts 5+ 1R-2R Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br Si-Gl
Sports and Society 3+ Y-1B 2B 1R 2R Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br Si-Gl
American History
Colonial American Era 5+ 1R-Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br Si
U.S. Founders 4 2B-1R 2R Wt Bk Or
American Revolution & New Nation 5+ 1R-2R Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br Si-Gl *
Westward Expansion 5+ 2B-2R Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br Si-Gl
Civil War Era 5+ 1R-2R Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br Si-Gl
Industrial Era 5+ 1R-2R Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br Si-Gl
World War II 6+ 1R-Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br Si-Gl
Civil Rights Era 5+ 1R-2R Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br Si-Gl
Contemporary Issues 7+ 1R-Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br Si Gl
African American History 1 5+ 1R-2R Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br Si-Gl
African American History 2 5+ 1R-2R Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br Si-Gl
Immigration 5+ 1R-Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br Si-Gl
Civics 6-8 1R-Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br Si-Gl
Economics 5+ 1R-2R Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br Si-Gl
Jobs in My Community 2-3 1B 2B 1R 2R Wt Bk
US States 4-5 1B-1R 2R Wt Bk Or
World Geography & Cultures
Countries of the World 4-5 1R-2R Wt Bk Or Pu
Africa 5+ Y-2R Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br Si-Gl
Asia 5+ 1R-2R Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br Si-Gl
Latin America 5+ 1R-2R Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br Si-Gl
Middle East 6+ 1R-Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br Si-Gl
African American Heritage 3+ 2B 1R 2R Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br Si-Gl
Latino Heritage 3+ 2B-1R 2R Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br Si-Gl

Literature Genre Studies

Immerse your students in the study of a literary genre through both the best books in this genre and informational texts of the sort authors use when they research and write in this genre (e.g., Adventure Literature and Informational Texts on Survival). Core Novels are an optional add-on to any Genre Study Text Set. Reading levels and content will be specific to the grade level selected.

  • 60 books in the genre at a range of reading levels
  • 40 thematic informational texts to support research and writing
  • 30 copies of a genre-specific skills card
Genre Study 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6/7th 8th HS
Genre Study
Family Stories (+ Families)
Animal Stories (+ Animals)
Sports Fiction (+ Sports)
Traditional Tales (+ World Cultures)
American Historical Fiction (+ American History) See below
- Early American Historical Fiction (up through the Civil War)
- Modern American Historical Fiction (1890 to the present)
Personal Narratives (+ Biography)
African American Literature (+ African American History)
Mystery (+ Forensic Science)
Horror (+ Phobias)
Adventure (+ Survival)
Science Fiction (+ Science Frontiers)
Greek & Roman Myths (+ Classical Civilizations)
World Mythology (+ Ancient Civilizations)
Fantasy (+ Societies and Governments)
Realistic Contemporary Fiction (+ Teen Issues)
World Historical Fiction (+ World History)
Dystopian Literature (+ Contemporary Issues)
Memoir (+ Writing)
Romance (+ The Science of Relationships)

ELA Genre Text Sets

These 20-book baskets include the best literature written in the genre for that reading level.

Theme Grade Kindergarten 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9-10 11-12
1–3Y 1G 2G 1B 2B 1R 2R Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br 2Br Si Gl
Genres
Biography 3+ 2B-1R 2R Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br Si
Graphic Novels 5+ 2B-2R Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-Gl
Poetry 2+ 1B 2B 1R 2R Wt Bk Or Pu 1Br-2Br Si-Gl

Spanish Science and Social Studies

A checkmark in the RL column indicates an available RESEARCH LABS for that theme.

Theme RL Grade Kindergarten 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9-10 11-12 50 title eLibrary
1–3A 1V 2V 1Az 2Az 1R 2R Bl Ne An 1Br 2Br Pl Or 1 2-3 4-5 6-8 HS
Ciencias de la vida (Life Sciences)
Animales salvajes 1-5 A 1V 2V 1Az 2Az 1R 2R Bl Ne An
Adaptaciones de los animales 4-5 A-1V 2V 1Az 2Az 1R 2R Bl Ne An
Bichos en sus ecosistemas 2-5 A-1V 2V 1Az 2Az 1R-Bl Ne
Ecosistemas 3-5 A-2V 1Az-2Az 1R-2R Bl Ne An-2Br
Plantas 1-4 A-1V 2V 1Az 2Az 1R-2R Bl Ne
Vida marina 2-4 A-2V 1Az-2Az 1R-2R Bl Ne-An
Ciencias de la tierra y el espacio (Earth & Space Science)
El espacio 4-5 1Az-1R 2R-Bl Ne-An Pú-2Br
El tiempo y el clima 2-5 A-2V 1Az 2Az 1R-2R Bl-Ne An-2Br
Historia mundial (World History)
Profesiones en mi Comunidad 2 A-1Az 2Az 1R 2R
Deportes y Sociedad 4-5 A-2V 1Az-2Az 1R-2R Bl-Ne An-Pú

Literature Genre Studies

Immerse your students in the study of a literary genre through both the best books in this genre and informational texts of the sort authors use when th research and write in this genre (e.g., Adventure Literature and Informational Texts on Survival). Core Novels are an optional add-on to any Genre Study Text Set. Reading levels and content will be specific to the grade level selected.

  • 60 books in the genre at a range of reading levels
  • 40 thematic informational texts to support research and writing
  • 30 copies of a genre-specific skills card
Genre Study 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Genre Study
Historias de la familia (+ Familias)
Historias de animales (+ Animales)
Cuentos tradicionales (+ Culturas del mundo)
Literatura Latina (+ Herencia latina)
Narrativas personales (+ Bigrafía)
Ficción realista (+ Cuestinoes sociales)
Aventura (+ Supervivencia)
Ficción deportiva (+ Deportes)

Content Area Reading for Every Student at Every Level

With its extensive book database, ARC is able to offer thematic leveled text sets for over 50 different science and social studies themes, culling together the best titles for each from the hundreds of publishers with which we partner.

Each theme is available in a range of reading levels, ensuring success for students with varying levels of achievement in a given classroom. While each student is reading books that fit his/her reading level and interests, all are building deep knowledge on the same theme.

American Reading Company goes to great lengths to reflect multiple perspectives in all of our text sets. To the extent possible, each Social Studies collection emphasizes the experiences of all African Americans, Asian Americans, North American Indians, and Latinos, as well as people of all classes and both genders. Every student will find him-/herself and his/her family represented in each of the baskets of books, to the extent they are available from American publishers.

American Reading also offers classroom solutions to ensure every student experiences informational text and grade-level Common Core State Standards, regardless of their current reading level.

Learn more about how you can prepare your students with collections and materials built on the Common Core State Standards and meet the PARCC and Smarter Balanced Content Frameworks or see how Thematic Text Sets fit into your Customized CCSS Curriculum Framework.