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Quality Text for Women's History Month: eBook Collections from INFOhio

Author // Mary Rowland Monday, 04 March 2024

March is Women's History Month. Quality text from digital collections provided by INFOhio supports knowledge-building and vocabulary development while increasing awareness and understanding of the contributions made by trailblazing women. 

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 digital content to supplement the text found in curricula. The following eBook collections 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 Women's History Month and find the text that is right for your students.  

BookFlix—Grades PreK-3

BookFlix offers unlimited use of 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. Many titles are also available in Spanish. Educators can use the Resources and Tools Feature to search for quality text for their students.

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Use the filters to find titles to help students in grades PreK-3 learn more about the contributions women have made to science, history, and society. You can also narrow results to Lexile or grade level to find quality text for classroom instruction. 

Popular titles in BookFlix include:

Teaching Tip: 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 950 unlimited-use titles offer quality text to support student comprehension. Browse the nonfiction category and select biography. Find biographies about women in science, history, and entertainment. For more precise results, use filters to find the right text for students. 

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

Teaching Tip: Browse this additional resource, Capstone Connect, and find the Women's History Month Activity Bundle with ready-to-go lesson plans and activities paired with Capstone Interactive eBooks. Select an activity from the Customizable Capstone Connect Activities and combine it with an eBook above to support emergent researchers in your classroom while celebrating Women's History Month. 

World Book eBooks—Grades 6-8

For middle-grade students, the eBooks in the World Book collection feature how women, past and present, impact science, technology, and society. The collection's unlimited use and quality text provide opportunities for readers to develop background knowledge on a topic and improve comprehension. 

Browse the collection using the horizontal topics menu at the top of the platform. Choose titles from Biographies, History, and Sports and Recreation that provide information on important historical figures and events from America's history. 

You can also search for these titles in the eBook collection.

Teaching Tip: Pair printed graphic organizers with digital text using a KWL chart from GO: Ask, Act, Achieve. Ask students to select a biography. Before reading, ask students to reflect on what they already know about the subject of the biography. Next, ask students to generate questions about what they want to know about the subject of the biography. Finally, after reading the biography, ask students to synthesize what they learned about the subject of the biography.

High School Collection eBooks (EBSCO)—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 a variety of supplemental texts to support reading to prepare them for college and career readiness. The EBSCO High School Collection eBook 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 at grade-level or higher for whole-class instruction. 

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

Teaching Tip: Learn more about Quality Instructional Text from INFOhio High School Collection eBooks with this Teach With INFOhio blog post. Get started using eBooks in your classroom with this lesson plan, e-Book Reading and Response: Innovative Ways to Engage with Text from ReadWriteThink.

Educator Tools for Locating eBooks

Want to find great eBooks all in one search? Educator Tools is the easiest way to search licensed and purchased content available from INFOhio. 

Use the limiters on the left to narrow your search results. Open the Item Type limiter and select eBook as illustrated below. 


Combine keywords with grade-level limiters to narrow results as illustrated below.


Click the heart to like the titles you want to share with your students. Educator Tools will build a list of your favorites.


Click the green heart next to the search box to email your list of favorites or generate a shareable URL. 


Explore eBook collections from INFOhio to find titles to support readers this March and 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: Mary Rowland

Mary Rowland is a Senior Instructional Specialist with INFOhio. A former high school English teacher with 14 years of teaching experience, Mary is an accomplished leader who facilitated professional development in her previous district on integrating web-based tools into the classroom, Google Apps for Education, and writing across the curriculum. During her career, Mary mentored student teachers and served on both the district and building leadership committees. She has earned a BA in English, an MS in Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, and is a Google Certified Educator Level 2. Mary is passionate about supporting INFOhio’s mission to help Ohio’s educators integrate the tools and resources to strengthen education for Ohio’s students.

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