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Reading online can be lots of fun, fast, and simple when you know a few places to go and some strategies for reading on the web.
Today we can find a wealth of informational (expository) reading online. The links below will guide you in your search. Remember that there are different skills for reading informational text and different skills for online reading. If needed, Mrs. Newton can help you match the best resource to your need.
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How to Determine an Article's Readability
* Did you know that you can type or copy and paste an article into Word. Word will give you a readability score.
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/test-your-document-s-readability-HP010148506.aspx gives you step-by-step directions.
* Okapi is a web based application that enables you to type or paste text, articles, or social studies, science or health text into a form that will return a reading probe and readability analysis of the text. Be sure to use the Dale-Chall Readability Formula for middle school grades.
Try these first...
* Articles of the Week- Passages with Lexiles, middle school and high school level
* ReadWorks - Passages with Lexiles, elementary level - high school
* Newsela - Free leveled nonfiction, current events, primary source texts with assessments.
* Scholastic's Differentiated Articles - contains 3 levels of the same article; usually with a 200 Lexile score difference between each
* Scholastic's Listen and Read - contains 3 levels of True Stories, includes a listening component and quizzes
* Tween Tribune
GREAT RESOURCE for weekly high-interest short articles
* DOGO News - Also available through the Mackin Via app.
* Middle Search® Plus
Contains full text for more than 140 popular, middle school magazines. All full text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexile). Must access through INSPIRE
Also peruse these sites...
Breaking News English Lessons: ESL Plans Teaching Current Events English lesson plans
Free lessons and online activities, handouts and podcast for teaching current events, speaking, listening... http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com
Center for Urban Education - one page passages by grade level and strategies
CNN Education - Breaking News, US, World, Weather ...
Common Core Text Exemplars
ElleGirl - Free dress up games, get beauty tips and find out the latest in celebrity fashion at Elle Girl.
izzit - Current event lessons and materials many of which offer alternative prespectives
Learning from NY Times
Questions about issues in the news for students 13 and older
One Page Reading and Thinking Passages aligned to Common Core
National Geographic Kids News
Kids News highlights news, features, and science articles on subjects of interest to kids. Sites for teachers and parents include lesson plans and teaching materials.
Newsweek ~ Online version
PBS News Hour Extra
US, World, Science, Economics, Health, Art/Media, Student Voices, and Teacher Center
People in the News
Listed by specific years 1997 through now
The bi-weekly news magazine of the Society for Science & the Public
Sports Illustrated for Kids
Time ~ Online version
Time for Kids
This fun, interactive news site from TIME magazine categorizes current events articles and activities by grade level and includes games, trivia, and a homework helper.
The Why Files
The science behind the news
Strategies (for Teachers)
21st Century Literacies
Classroom Strategies - Download "before," "during," and "after" strategies.
Comparing Electronic and Print Texts About the Civil War Soldiers http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/comparing-electronic-print-texts-68.html
Connecting News with National Science Education Standards
e-Moments - A list of strategies that capitalize on how students learn best. “e-Moments” are moments when students become engaged, get connected, and make personal meaning of the content they are learning.
Fiction and Non-fiction Outline Templates
Glenwood Intermediate Reading Strategies
Increasing ELL Student Reading Comprehension with Non-fiction Text
Evaluate these! Note: Teachers, as with any resource, do review these pages before using them.
How to Detect Hoax Web Sites - Examples and think alouds
Nonfiction Text Features - Lesson with graphic organizer for text features. ... Google.docs
Online Reading Stategies - A Flash example of a ThinkAloud
P.I.E.S. - An anacronym to help evaluate the "bias" behind the message. (pdf) Created by Mrs. Newton.
Prints and Photographs - from the Library of Congress
Reading Critically - Explores the C.L.A.I.M. method of thinking critically about reading.
Reading Quest - Strategies, while noted as a Social Studies resource, the strategies can be used across content areas.
S.O.S. for Information Literacy - Web-based multimedia resource that includes peer-reviewed lesson plans, handouts, presentations, videos and other resources to enhance the teaching of information literacy (K-16). Voted one of the TOP 25 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning by AASL.
Strategy Guide for Online Reading
TeachHub - Need something to spice up your lesson plans? Looking for ways to get students excited about learning? Archive of more than 500 rintables and lesson plans inspired by pop culture & news headlines, aligned to teaching standards, available for K-12 grade levels & core subjects
Teach Students How to Read Nonfiction Texts by Jim Burke
Look at the links on the right for specific genres
Twenty-Five Great Ideas for Teaching Current Events
Using THIEVES to Preview Nonfiction Texts
Fact vs Fiction - Truth or Hoax?
Hoax or No Hoax?
Lesson Plan from ReadWriteThink.org
Mythbusters from the Discovery Channel
Is it myth or fact? Take our MythBusters quizzes to find out.
R A D C A B
Learn how to evaluate an article, document, or web page.
Snopes - Urban Legends Reference Pages
The definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.
Newseum - Today's front pages
Newspapers - US and Worldwide
Provides cover-to-cover full text for 20 national (U.S.) & international newspapers, including The Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Times (London), Toronto Star, etc. Must access through INSPIRE
Newspaper Clipping Generator - Create your own newspaper clipping