#1. Read Works – K-8 (Free) ReadWorks.org is a non-profit resource that provides research-based units, lessons, and authentic, leveled non-fiction and literary passages directly to educators online, for free, to be shared broadly. Users can easily search passages by grade level, Lexile level, subject/topic, text type, and skill/strategy.
• All resources are FREE and aligned to Common Core
• Includes both literature and informational passages
• Paired-Texts provide two texts on the same topic along with text-dependent question sets
• Annotated questions sets allows users to see the structure of the question sets and how the
sequence of questions works to provide scaffolding for students as they are asked to make
meaningful inferences through open, written response.
• The “My Binder” tab allows users to save all of their articles and lessons for easy access later – a
must for frequent users!
• Not updated on a daily basis
#2. Newsela – Gr. 3-12 (Free and Paid Plans) – A digital reading resource that publishes daily news articles on one topic at five different Lexile levels (readability levels). There is a free version that allows registered users to access over 500 archived articles (each article has five different Lexile levels) and quizzes. The Pro-plan is 18.00/student a year (free 30 day trial) and allows students to digitally collaborate and annotate. Teachers and administrators have the ability to track progress and drill-down to individual student achievement of specific Common Core Standards.
• All students can read an article on the same content but at their own reading level
• Archive of more than 500 articles, organized by category and reading standard
• Articles updated daily
• No paired-texts and the cost for additional features
#3. The Learning Network: Teaching and Learning with the New York Times – Gr. 6-12 (Free) The Learning Network provides teaching and learning materials and ideas based on New York Times content. This blog has great content but can be a bit overwhelming at first glance. I recommend you take the time to check out the “How to use Use This Blog” section before you start randomly clicking. Due to the mature content and high readability levels of the passages, these resources are best suited for adolescent learners.
• All resources are FREE and aligned to the Common Core
• Search lessons by subject areas (I don’t believe you can search by readability levels or age/grade
• Includes tons of opportunities for students to contribute their own ideas by responding to Opinion
questions, take our News Quizzes, learn the Word of the Day, try our Test Yourself questions, enter
contests, do crosswords, learn about what happened on this day in history, answer 6 Q's About the
News, speculate on “What's Going On in This Picture?”
• I LOVE the Text-to-Text tab because it pairs a historical passage with a current event passage (or
video) on the same theme/topic. Each paired-text includes supporting lesson plans, questions, and
resources to support Common Core aligned skills/strategies.
• Poetry Pairing pair two poems together on the same theme/topic. Each set includes supporting
resources aligned to the Common Core.
• A bit cumbersome to navigate, search, and archive favorite passages/lessons and readability levels are not identified
These are just a few of the growing number of resources that may help to supplement students' reading diets. And as with all resources, we still need to be wise consumers within the growing market of online reading passages. What are some of your favorite online resources to access supplemental reading passages for students?