Paired Texts

W2Win Paired Texts Packets

See significant increase in student performance on tests of reading and writing


the packets that differentiate reading comprehension tasks and provide teacher models for all written response.

What are W2Win Paired Text Packets?

W2Win Paired Texts Packets are a focused-writing solution for differentiating reading comprehension tasks and written responses to texts. They guide students through reading comprehension at four levels – literal, inferential, evaluative, and applied reading. A pacing guide moves teachers and students through a proven sequence of 30-minute sessions that maximize students’ degree of mastery of each text separately and together. Each packet concludes with a mock end-of-year state assessment.

The research of John Hattie reports the highly significant effect size of two aspects of W2Win Paired Texts Packets

  • systematic vocabulary study ( + .67)
  • instructional tools for planning, revising, and editing ( +.44).

Clients using the packets posted significant gains in the numbers of students whose writing exceeded expectations on state tests of extended writing in grades 3-11.

Features that distinguish W2Win Paired Texts Packets from other paired texts include

  • Texts based on power standards from ELA common core standards and national science or social studies standards.
  • Model teacher responses to all reading comprehension tasks, constructed responses, and final extended response
  • Identifying the word families of the key terms
  • Whole-class word study of key terms that includes the role each key term plays in shaping the main ideas of the texts
  • Setup, prewriting, revision, and evaluation modules that embed the packets squarely within the writing process.

Once my students completed the first W2Win Paired Texts Packet, they approached the second with confidence. Then I heard, “We’re getting another packet, right?” I now use the practice of whole-group Word Study when I start a new unit of study in both social studies and science.

– F. Norquist, 4th grade teacher

For Teachers – Elementary (3-5), Middle (6-8), and High (9-12)

  • Pacing guide that incorporates listening, reading, speaking, and writing in each session

  • Texts that are more content-rich than they meet on state tests

  • Texts that are at the upper level of the grade level Lexile band

  • A Peer-assisted Learning System (PALS) for ensuring student-centered learning

  • Setup Module for effective pre-reading of each text

  • Prewriting and Revision modules that reinforce the writing process

  • Holistic and analytic rubrics for student self and PAL evaluation.

For Students – Elementary (3-5), Middle (6-8), and High (9-12)

  • Pre-reading study of engaging word families

  • Teacher models that are easy to follow

  • PALS strategies that keep learning active

  • Practice tasks for extended responses to narrative passages

  • Prewriting options for planning extended responses

  • Concrete revision strategies

  • Student friendly scoring rubrics.

Real World Results

Paired Texts Packets Boost ELA and Writing Scores

W2Win Paired Texts Packets have become the proven link between the study of paired texts and double-digit growth on Milestones ELA and Writing components.

Teachers and instructional leaders love …

  • how seamlessly the packets integrate reading comprehension & the writing process
  • double-digit gains on Milestones ELA and writing, grades 3-11
  • how students are eager to “do another green packet.”

Paired Texts Packets are the preference of the Marzano Academies. is a growing network of competency-based learning centers and partnership schools that includes W2Win instructional solutions as a defining feature.

The slide presents spring 2019 achievement scores on Georgia Milestones assessment ELA (reading comprehension, vocabulary, and open-ended writing tasks). The green bar in Figure 1 presents the percent of students who completed 2 Paired Texts Packets and scored a 3 (proficient learner) or 4 (distinguished writer) on Milestones extended writing.

Data are from JE Bacon ES (Wayne County), William James MS (Bulloch County), and Bainbridge High School (Decatur County). The Paired Texts Packets (green bar) moved student achievement above the state average for the first time in recent years for all 3 schools. Note also how the 38% increase in number of proficient and distinguished writers impacted the double-digit rise for grade 9 students.

Check this – In Gr8, 39 or 93% of remedial students scored 1 (beginning writer) out of 4 points on an end-of-course test. In Gr9 with 4 Paired Texts Packets completed, only 11 or 26% of them scored 1, 16 or 38% scored 2 (developing writer), 11 or 26% scored 3 (proficient writer), and 1 or 2.5% scored 4 (distinguished writer). That’s the kind of data that makes us feel certain that W2Win Paired Texts make a difference with all students.

Full methodology

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why are W2Win Paired Texts Assessment Packets better than other available options?

Because W2Win Paired Texts Packets 1) guide students through the reading process at differentiated levels of reading comprehension, 2) move student’ responses through each step of the writing process, and 3) provide model written responses throughout.


Do W2Win Paired Texts Packets easily integrate with state content standards?

Absolutely! Every detail of W2Win Paired Texts Packets serves to connect the dots among the instructional strands of a curriculum. The reading texts align to power or priority standards of reading, science and social studies. All written responses require two or more sentences. Every session in the pacing guides includes all four language arts – listening, reading, speaking and writing.


How do W2Win Paired Texts Packets impact students as learners?

We see three notable changes. Once students complete four W2Win Paired Texts Packets, they 1) begin to think critically about what they read, 2) show a greater understanding of the writing process, and 3) increase their desire to challenge themselves as readers and writers.


How do W2Win Paired Texts Packets impact the class environment?

We see three notable changes: 1) productive small-group sessions that integrate listening, reading, speaking and writing, 2) students assessing their writing with rubrics and 3) responding to the writing of peers with response strategies.


Will it be easy to introduce W2Win Paired Texts Packets to my students?

Indeed. You simply follow our pacing guide with the first packet that you use. K-12 teachers who piloted our Introducing Paired Texts Packets guide gave it an “extremely student friendly” rating.


Do W2Win Paired Texts Packets help me see how my students grow as readers?

For sure. Every packet provides tasks for literal, inferential, evaluative and applied reading comprehension. It is simple to track students’ progress through these four levels.


Do the texts in the W2Win Paired Texts Packets prepare students for reading texts they meet on end-of-year tests?

Indeed. Our content-rich texts are written at the upper level of the Lexile band for each grade. They include seven academic and content-specific vocabulary terms in each passage.


Do W2Win Paired Texts Packets give students practice in all three writing genres?

Yes they do. For students in each grade, Paired Texts Packets prompt them to write in argument/opinion, informational and narrative genre.


Do the Paired Texts Packets really improve students’ extended responses to texts?

They sure do. W2Win Paired Texts Packets relieve the test-taking anxiety of composing responses to texts. Students practice precisely what they are prompted to do on the day of the test.