The Best Places To Get The “Same” Text Written For Different “Levels”

The Best Places To Get The “Same” Text Written For Different “Levels” is a page on Larry Ferlazzo’s blog.  As more states move to Common Core standards, there is the need for non-fiction articles for students to analyze.  These sites give you the same article on various reading levels.  

Read Ups

read upRead Ups is a site where teachers can set up a chat room to discuss any form of student reading from literature to informational text.

A ReadUp is a social reading experience. Think of it as meeting up inside a book.

ReadUps uses a web-based reading system for tablets and laptops. Create a ReadUp event and invite friends to read with you for a limited amount of time, sharing comments on paragraphs. It’s free. Distributed. Ephemeral. Give people the URL to your ReadUp and you’re good to go! When allotted time runs out, the ReadUp disappears. #simple #social #disruptive

News ELA


Newsela builds close reading and critical thinking skills.    Give your students a new way to climb the staircase of nonfiction reading comprehension, from fourth grade to college-ready.  Articles are accompanied by Common Core-aligned quizzes to  provide quick and powerful feedback.  You’ll always know whether your students are on track and where they’re falling short.  We know teachers’ time is precious. Newsela makes it easy to assign articles, review student quizzes and track Common Core mastery.

Rewordify is powerful, free, online reading comprehension and vocabulary development software. It helps people understand difficult English faster, helps them learn words in new ways, and helps teachers create high-interest learning materials from any English text passage.When you enter (or paste in) a block of text (or a web page), analyzes the entire block of text—all at once—and finds all the hard words and phrases. Then, it simplifies and Smart Highlights those hard words and phrases, helping users understand and learn in new ways.

Blogging with Elementary Students – How to Get Started


Blogging with Elementary Students – How to Get Started is a great “how-to” article on the Teacher’s Life for Me blog.  Michael Soskil tells you step-by-step how to have students select a topic, do research, cite works, and publish.  All these activities align perfectly with Common Core standards for ELA.


Pulp-O-Mizer  The Pulp-O-Mizer allows its lucky operator to select from menus of backgrounds, foregrounds, and magazine titles and to add new and exciting text to them for use as web graphic memes, blog illustrations, Facebook posts, forum messages, or for any other non-commercial purpose.

Digital Public Library

Digital Public Library

The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. The DPLA aims to expand this crucial realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable and used, through its three main elements:

1. A portal that delivers students, teachers, scholars, and the public to incredible resources, wherever they may be in America. Far more than a search engine, the portal provides innovative ways to search and scan through the united collection of millions of items, including by timeline, map, format, and topic.

2. A platform that enables new and transformative uses of our digitized cultural heritage. With an application programming interface (API) and maximally open data, the DPLA can be used by software developers, researchers, and others to create novel environments for learning, tools for discovery, and engaging apps.

3. An advocate for a strong public option in the twenty-first century. For most of American history, the ability to access materials for free through public libraries has been a central part of our culture, producing generations of avid readers and a knowledgeable, engaged citizenry. The DPLA will work, along with like-minded organizations and individuals, to ensure that this critical, open intellectual landscape remains vibrant and broad in the face of increasingly restrictive digital options. The DPLA will seek to multiply openly accessible materials to strengthen the public option that libraries represent in their communities.

New York Times Summer Reading Contest

The Fourth Annual New York Times Summer Reading Contest


Gregory Shaver/Journal Times, via Associated Press

The phrase “summer reading” tends to conjure two opposing mental images: there’s the stack of relaxingly trashy beach books … but there’s also that list of classics your teacher gave you in June that you ignored until the last week of August.

Our contest, we hope, offers something in the middle.

Here’s how it works: Each week from June 14 to Aug. 16, teenagers 13 to 19 years old are invited to choose any piece in The New York Times they like and write to tell us why it interested them. We will then choose a weekly favorite to feature, just as we have done every summer since 2010.

Sure, it’s an easy way to add more nonfiction (or “informational text”) to a school’s summer reading list, but because contestants can choose any article they want, on any topic from North Korea to Justin Bieber, we hope it also offers a bit of fun.

For more information click:  NYT Summer Reading Contest









ReadWorks.Org  provides:

• Over 1,000 non-fiction reading passages with associated text-dependent question sets, leveled using the Lexile framework (

• 100’s of easy to use lesson plans that help you explicitly teach comprehension to K-6 students (

• All reading passages, question sets, and lesson plans are research-based and aligned with the Common Core State Standards

• Student Handouts, Graphic Organizers and Teacher Materials that can be easily downloaded and printed for your use

Visit ReadWorks often for new non-fiction reading passages, question sets, and lessons. We’re always adding more resources to help make your planning easier.