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Friday, October 24, 2014

ReadWorks Offers Reading Comprehension Lessons Aligned to Popular Books

ReadWorks is a helpful service that I have featured a handful of times since its launch. ReadWorks has cataloged hundreds of lesson plans and nearly two thousand reading non-fiction and fiction passages aligned to Common Core standards. The latest enhancement to ReadWorks is the launch of reading comprehension units.

The ReadWorks reading comprehension units are available for students in Kindergarten through sixth grade. Each of the units contains a series of lesson plans arranged around popular children's stories like Stone Soup and young adult novels like The Bridge to Terabithia.  Each unit includes pacing guides, questions to facilitate close reading, and alignment to Common Core standards. The units arranged around children's stories also include graphic organizers.

Applications for Education
In addition to the reading comprehension units, ReadWorks offers vocabulary lists for popular children's stories and young adult novels. You can search for those lists by selecting a passage or a lesson in ReadWorks. After making that selection you will find a list of key vocabulary words to go with your selection.

With a free ReadWorks account you can search for lessons and reading passages by grade level, lexile score, reading skill, subject area, and text type (fiction or non-fiction). In your ReadWorks account you can create digital binders of the lesson plans and reading passages that you want to use.