Wednesday, June 18, 2014

CCCS and Tech Ed for Reading

Are you looking for resources for summer reading for students or looking for online news websites for students?  Here are a few to mention and worthy of looking into.  


Newsela is an innovative way to build reading comprehension with nonfiction that's always relevant: daily news. There is a free and paid subscription to this application.  Teachers would create the account and share the classroom code with the students.  It offers the following:  
  • Every article is offered at 5 different levels.  This will allow the entire class to read the same content but at a different level.  
  • It is aligned with the Common Core, which will allow you to assess students on the content. 
  • It offers many interesting topics.  


This application will allow teachers to create a learning unit based on a novel. Teachers can rent books for students to read.  This inexpensive rental includes annotations, reading comprehension questions and quizzes, which are all aligned to the Common Core.  In addition, teachers can create or edit curriculets, which will allow you to customize the assessments. Once the curriculet is completed, you are ready to assign it to the class.

When a teacher signs up for this application, the classes must be entered in your profile. This will allow you to assign the curriculet to the class and manage the class much easier.

This application offers a free and paid version. It is a tool that will help engage students in reading informational texts for ELA, Science and Social Studies. Topics are leveled by grade for grades 4-12 and include technology and society, culture and change, social responsibility, and policy and debate.

Youngzine is a one-of-a-kind Web site where children can learn about current news and events shaping their world -- in a simple, engaging and interactive manner. Their goal is to help parents and educators create a vibrant community of globally aware young citizens in an increasingly connected world. Along with news stories written specifically with a young audience in mind, Youngzine strives to inform using fun trivia, compelling visuals and videos.

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