In my last post, I shared Books That Grow, a site that features a collection of texts that teachers and students can access in a variety of reading levels. This next resource takes a different approach to the same idea.
CommonLit.org is a free site that is easy for teachers and students to use – no registration required! The site features a collection of texts built around common themes such as America, Growing Up, Friendship and Loyalty, Resilience, Social Change and Revolution, and more. Within each theme you will find two discussion questions, each of which offers texts at three different reading levels – Beginner (Grades 4-5), Intermediate (Grades 6-7), and Advanced (Grades 8-9). The texts are available to download and include text-based and/or discussion questions. I can envision teachers using these texts to have all students read about a topic at an appropriate reading level and then having those students participate in a jigsaw-type discussion where they share what they read with classmates who read a different text. There are so many options!
CommonLit.org currently features 14 themes on a wide variety of topics. If you have additional ideas you’d like to see, contact them. They want to hear from teachers about the kinds of texts you need. CommonLit.org will then negotiate the copyright, identify the Lexile level, and make the texts available online at no cost to teachers or students.
We all know the importance of having our students read across genres and topics. CommonLit.org is a great resource for teachers looking to bring those appropriate texts to their students. Take a look and let me know what you think!