ReadWorks provides a free, research-based, and Common Core-aligned reading comprehension curriculum. Search through hundreds of lesson plans organized by grade level, topic, or titles. Register to download materials and save lessons to your folder. (A valid email and password is required). Be sure to start with the Teacher Guide to see all the many features ReadWorks offers about using and teaching the provided lessons and differentiation. For a quick start, click Find Content then select options from the right menu: Text Options - Reading Passages, Aritcle a Day, and Paired Text, Curriculum Support, Grade, Topic, Text Types - Nonfiction, Fiction, or Poetry, and Lexile. There are thousands of reading passages along with question sets to support learning activities for grades K-12. Each selection contains the text with audio, a vocabulary link, and a questions set. In the left margin, you will find related resources such as standards and related materials.
tag(s): characterization (17), context clues (7), figurative language (17), guided reading (47), independent reading (124), main idea (8), parts of speech (67), plot (11), point of view (10), reading comprehension (129), reading strategies (56), sequencing (29), themes (12), vocabulary (315)
In the Classroom
Introduce students to ReadWorks with a projector or interactive whiteboard and choose a general theme such as love or friendship that will have similar passages but at different reading levels. Have students read their assigned passages and answer questions. Then discuss and list the similarities as a class using a tool such as Ryeboard, reviewed here. Once the students are familiar with the site use Symbaloo Learning Paths, reviewed here, to assign reading to groups at the same reading level. Older students, once they know their reading level, can their select reading and create their own Symbaloo Learning Paths. Check these to make sure students include all types of reading, and that they are challenging themselves. After several selections, ask older students to choose the topic they were most interested in, find resources to learn more about the topic, then transform their learning by presenting their findings using a multimedia tool such as (click on the tool name to access the review): Piktochart, Lucidpress, Powtoon, and Biteable.