Text2Reader is a stand-alone resource for grades 6 to 8 English Language Arts (ELA) teachers. Each issue includes high-quality, engaging reading selections from award-winning books followed by a number of speaking, reading and writing activities to help students make meaning from what they read. Created by teachers,  Text2Reader is linked to state and provincial learning outcomes.  All in one easy-to-use package.

"I am impressed with Text2Reader, with the layout on the site and the substantial presentation and additional resources. I share it with our students in special education as well as with our regular students who do not take a foreign language but a study skills class that is geared at developing reading skills. I appreciate the variety of text and the skill complexities that are explicitly addressed. It is completely appropriate for middle school." —Kate Schoedinger, Reading Specialist, NH

Why is Text2Reader Right for My School?

Text2Reader is a comprehensive, curriculum-connected resource that requires no additional prep work. For time-strapped teachers, Text2Reader is an efficient, engaging way to get your students reading, writing, thinking and communicating about issues that matter to them. Many of the exercises offer your students choice, making it easy to differentiate instruction.

Text2Reader meets virtually all Common Core Standards and provincial learning outcomes over the course of an eight-issue year. In fact, each issue meets at least 50 percent of your ELA outcomes. You’ll find the curriculum connections for your jurisdiction when you view each issue online as well as in the Text2Reader Resources section.

Developed in consultation with literacy experts, curriculum specialists and classroom teachers, Text2Reader is written by educators with decades of experience in working with middle-school-aged children of varying developmental and educational abilities.

ERAC Approved

Text2Reader has now received official approval for BC schools by ERAC, the BC Educational Resource Acquisition Consortium. This resource "extensively" supports the BC curriculum and the activity and assignments that accompany the texts are very much based on English Language Arts learning outcomes.

In an in-depth evaluation, ERAC said, in part:

"The resource is visually appealing, and not so text dense as to be intimidating to middle school students. The graphic elements are helpful to enhance the meaning of the texts, and the questions and activities are based on current strategies for teaching reading, writing and thinking. It is suitable for individual use or for whole classroom instruction."
"This product supports BC's key areas of learning: reading, social responsibility and writing. Every issue is organized around a theme, and each consistently includes fiction, non-fiction, graphic text and readers theatre. The content is engaging to the middle school age level, as well as reluctant or struggling readers in higher grades. Much of it is based upon social issues, which students find interesting and applicable."

How Do I Subscribe?

There are three ways to subscribe to Text2Reader:

  • ONLINE: When you are browsing any issue of Text2Reader on this website, you will be given the option to subscribe to a full year of access to all T2R issues for $59.95. You can also click here to order right away.
  • PHONE: Call the Orca Book Publishers office at 1-800-210-5277 to subscribe over the phone.

When you subscribe, you and every other teacher in your school can access all issues, online resources, rubrics, Readers Theater and more on the Text2Reader website.

Your subscription for Text2Reader runs for 12 months and includes access to all issues and online resources.