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Quality Text for National Native American Heritage Month: eBook Collections from INFOhio

Author // Emily Rozmus Tuesday, 31 October 2023

November is National Native American Heritage Month. Quality text from eBook collections provided by INFOhio supports knowledge-building and vocabulary development while increasing awareness and understanding of the contributions, history, and achievements of Native Americans.

The text used for reading instruction is important. Quality text meets the needs of readers and the task, develops background knowledge and vocabulary, and stretches readers with complexity to prepare them for college and careers. As readers learn through the systematic and explicit instruction of structured literacy, it is important that authentic, grade-level, and content-area-specific text be used for the development of language comprehension. 

When choosing quality text, educators should consider the components of the graphic below.

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INFOhio offers quality text to supplement the text found in curricula. These eBooks can help engage, empower, elevate, and extend readers. The vetted eBook collections provided by INFOhio for all students, educators, and families offer ease in finding the best grade-level or complex text for reader task and purpose. Browse the collections below to support National Native American Heritage Month and find the text that is right for your students.  

BookFlix—Grades PreK-3

BookFlix offers unlimited use fiction and nonfiction paired titles. Popular fiction picture books are presented as Weston Woods films with the text on the screen. Nonfiction titles appear as traditional eBooks, but both give readers the option to turn the read-aloud function on or off. Doing a keyword search for "Native American" results in one fiction/nonfiction pair. The title Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message can be used in classrooms as an introduction to the Native American culture. 


Learn more about using BookFlix in the classroom in the Teach With INFOhio Blog post, Simple Strategies to Supplement Instruction with BookFlix

Capstone Interactive eBooks—Grades 3-5

The eBooks from Capstone Interactive are standards-aligned and support science and social studies. More than 1,000 unlimited-use titles offer quality text to support content area background knowledge and vocabulary. Educators can search by topic or use filters to find the right text for students. 

Titles to consider using as quality text in the classroom include:


Learn more about using Capstone Interactive eBooks in the classroom by reading Simple Strategies to Supplement Instruction with Capstone Interactive eBooks

World Book eBooks—Grades 6-8

For middle-grade students, the eBooks in the World Book collection give readers information about Native Americans. The collection's unlimited use titles provide opportunities for readers to develop background knowledge on a topic and improve comprehension. 

This collection can easily be browsed using the horizontal topics menu above the eBooks. Browse Cultures of the World to find titles such as Indians of Eastern North American, Indians of the Plains and the Great Basin, The Cherokee, The Ojibwa, and The Osage. Other topics include titles as well. 


Indigenous People eBooks (Infobase)

This small collection of eBooks from Infobase focuses specifically on the experiences of Native Americans from the 17th Century to the 20th Century. Each multi-use title has a read-aloud feature and can be shared and saved to personalize the reading experience. 


EBSCO High School eBook Collection—Grades 9-12

More than 12,000 titles, including classic literary works, important historical documents, and general reference materials, can provide high school students with various supplemental texts to support reading to prepare them for college and career readiness. Extend high school students with complex text about topics essential for understanding the history of Indigenous Peoples in the United States. The EBSCO High School eBook Collection titles are unlimited use, perfect to implement for whole group reading.

It is easy to search by topic or title in the EBSCO interface. Authentic texts in a variety of genres will engage and empower teens. Unlike the other eBook collections featured, not all the texts have a Lexile level. However, educators can find the quantitative level to ensure the text is grade-level or higher for whole-class instruction. 

Consider using these texts from the collection if they meet your readers and their needs:


Explore eBook collections from INFOhio to find titles to support readers with specific topics, seasons, and events all year long. With thousands of eBooks to choose from, quality text for language comprehension development is just a few clicks away!

About the Author

Posted by: Emily Rozmus

Emily Rozmus is a Senior Instructional Specialist at INFOhio. She has worked in education for over 25 years, first as a secondary English teacher and district librarian before starting at INFOhio in 2013. Emily has developed district growth plans, integrated technology, created instruction for information literacy, fostered teacher development, and worked on teams to implement curriculum. At INFOhio, she focuses on training educators to use INFOhio resources to improve early learning. She also works to share research and best practices for helping students be better readers of INFOhio's digital text. 

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