Expository Online

Reading Online

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.

Article Sources

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... 

  • ElleGirl - Free dress up games, get beauty tips and find out the latest in celebrity fashion at Elle Girl.



  • 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.



  • 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.

Strategies (for Teachers)

  • Nonfiction Text Features - Lesson with graphic organizer for text features. ... Google.docs

  • 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.

Fact vs Fiction - Truth or Hoax?

  • Snopes - Urban Legends Reference Pages
    The definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.