Abdul Haseeb, MyShot
The Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts hinge on students encountering appropriately complex texts at each grade level to develop the mature language skills and the conceptual knowledge they need for success in school and life.
Characteristics of high-quality reading materials for Grades 6-8:
National Geographic's reference, news, and magazine content is a valuable source of informational text on history/social studies, science, and geography content for middle school students. Educators can find age-appropriate books, articles, encyclopedic entries, and interviews/profiles that meet the Common Core measurements of text complexity. Many of the texts also offer rich multimedia supports, such as photo galleries and rollover vocabulary definitions.