Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Finding Free Leveled Text

Last spring I was asked to submit my "wish list" of materials.  In years past I have never been asked to do such a thing, yet randomly received a class set of Scholastic Scope about every other month or so. My students enjoyed using this resource and I found it particularly useful to include with sub plans.  I put this item on my list, which of course guaranteed that my subscription is no where to be found.  Luckily, I have my list of go-to resources, which are free.  Here they are:
  • Tween Tribune: This site is brought to you by the Smithsonian Institute.  This website offers middle school-friendly news across a variety of Lexile levels.  Teachers with a free account can assign articles to students and keep track of student progress through the online dashboard.
  • Newsela: This website offers articles across Lexile levels and content areas.  Students can keep track of their progress through free quizzes, but teachers must have a paid account in order to chart the progress of their class.
  • ReadWorks: This site offers both fiction and non-fiction articles.  My only fault with the site is that the selections at the lower Lexile levels are geared towards the elementary set, a problem for middle school teachers with a variety of student ability levels.  
  • ThinkCERCA: This is another freemium product.  Most of the text selections require a paid upgrade, but there are a limited number of audio-supported texts with suggested writing prompts.
  • Scholastic: There are a limited number of Scholastic Action articles available with included audio support.  These articles periodically change, but are Scholastic quality with a five finger discount.

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