The High Progress Literacy TextDepotEducators Sharing Text Sets with Educators
Welcome to TextDepot, a place to build, store, share, and get text sets selected by educators for educators. TextDepot is free for HPL members, and HPL membership is free. So login and start browsing!
How does TextDepot work?
How to use TextDepot
How to Add to a Text Set
TextDepot and High Progress Literacy
Learn more about teaching with text sets
This video provides an overview of text sets and how we build them in TextDepot. Use the fullscreen button at the bottom of the video to watch in fullscreen. Press escape when you’re finished.
TextDepot's Big Books Project
Teachers in grades Pre-K through 3rd grade often have a hard time finding texts that teach our science and social studies standards…so we are helping teachers like you to start write and publsih your own electronic big books for Shared Reading in science and social studies!
The TextDepot Big Books Project is a work in progress–driven by teachers for students.
Check out what we have so far, and check back often. We are publishing new books every week!
Get Help with Text Sets & Help to Build Them!
HPLA’s TextDepot exists to make it easier for teachers to provide text-based instruction across every content area, including articles, maps, photos, political cartoons… Log in and check out what we have already archived by clicking on any of the portal buttons above. (You must be logged in to move beyond this page, so if you don’t already have an account, sign up for one now. IT’S FREE!)
Browse texts by topic. Click on individual items to preview them. Download anything you want to use.
Share what you have that we don’t. Please share back with us what you have that we don’t have! You’ll find a BE AWESOME button on each text set page. Be Awesome buttons open up a customized form that you can use to send us web links or documents for our curators to consider adding to our text sets. When you send a document or website, it does not automatically upload. It goes through a review process, and then we will format it as a PDF and upload it to the appropriate text set.
Contact us for help. Once inside TextDepot, if you don’t find what you are looking for and want our help to build or find additional materials to add to a text set, simply click on the Contact Us button that you will find on each categories page and let us know how we can help. Be specific about your needs. One of our curators will contact you.
The Dust Bowl
Using a Text Set
Properties of Light
Learning Content from Informational Text
Three Branches of Government
The No Nonsense Fine Print
The materials in TextDepot are intended exclusively for educational purposes. We have done our best to include only materials that are publicly available and that do not appear to infringe on anyone’s profiting from creative works. This is the intent of fair use laws, though we are not attorneys. We leave it to teachers, schools, and school districts to adhere to all copyright laws.
We act as a repository of text sets. Before adding items to TextDepot, we review materials to ascertain that a work will represent a reasonable addition to a collection of educational text sets. We check texts for accuracy; we do not exclude works that include opinions. We believe that good instruction includes teaching students how to sort out and evaluate sources of information and to identify primary sources.
The works in the TextDepot are in PDF files. This is to make their use as practical as possible in classrooms. It is not intended to make the work look original or to detract from the author’s original format. For texts that have been found on the Internet, we provide the web address and encourage TextDepot users to visit the address for more information. The PDF format is for two reasons: 1) when students are learning how to preview, read closely and take notes, the research shows that students benefit from having paper copies that they can mark up during reading; and 2) due to our awareness that many schools still do not have good Internet access or access for each individual student. We believe in universal access and look forward to the day when TextDepot can simply reference information on the web without altering the original format.