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Tuesday Tech Tips March 18, 2014

Posted by Judy Deichman in Check this out!.
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A great new, free resource to promote reading and literacy is available for all school librarians to use in their schools…. It is www.newsela.com !  It is a partnership between major US newspapers, the Associated Press, and the website authors.  They provide non-fiction articles on various reading levels for students to read about current events and take a short quiz afterwards.  The beauty of this site is that students choose their own reading selections.  We all know that when we get to decide what we will read, we have a more vested interest in that particular article, well the same holds true for our students.  Subject headings include: War & Peace, Science, Law, Kids, Money, Health, and the Arts.  The articles are presented on 5 different grade levels/lexiles and instantaneously switch between levels.   You can set up classrooms and the students create their own user id and password.   Reports can easily be generated to show student participation, progress, and possible need for intervention.  A great formative assessment.  The quiz structure is tied to the Common Core and allows for specific reading skills to be targeted.

Check it out!  Your students will love having a choice!


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