Reading / Language Arts

Smithsonian Education

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The Smithsonian Education web site is maintained by the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA) to enable every learner to discover and use Smithsonian knowledge.  Includes resources for educators, families, and students.

 

Newsela

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News articles available at five different reading levels that are sorted into topics and linked to common core standards.  You can search for articles by grade level, reading standard, or whether or not it has a quiz.  Create a free teacher account and add multiple classes.  Students create accounts with a special code.  Teachers can assign articles to classes. For all grade levels.

CommonLit

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A collection of high-quality leveled texts for middle school students sorted by reading level and categorized into fourteen timeless themes.  CommonLit is a non-profit organization created at the Harvard Graduate School of Education by former teachers, for teachers, with the goal of increasing students' exposure to excellent texts. For all grade levels. 

WatchKnowLearn

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50,000 free educational videos that have been categorized and rated for K-12 education.  Use the directory or search for videos by subject and age level. For all grade levels. 

VocabAhead

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Vocabulary words defined and explained in videos. For all grade levels. 

Internet4Classrooms: Grade Level Help

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Interactive language arts (common core aligned), math, and social studies activities to reinforce skills.  Organized by grade level and skill categories.  Each skill builders page provides multiple links to interactive resources for students.   For all grade levels.

Open Text Summarizer

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Paste text or a URL into this tool to get back a condensed version of the text or keywords.  Select the summarization ratio and language of choice.  For use with nonfiction text only. For grades 6 and up.

Text Compactor

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This free web tool summarizes a text.  Paste a text into the box, and use the slide bar to adjust the percentage of the text you want to keep in the summary.  For use with nonfiction text only. For grades 6 and up.

Online Publishing Tools

University of Idaho

 

Research has shown that when students write for a tangible audience, their motivation and performance improve. This, in addition to many other reasons, such as engagement with material outside of the class and added communication between teachers and students, shows the value in having students make writing public, which they can do through the use of online publishing tools. Listed below are different types of online publishing tools including those for presentations, writing, and eBooks. 

A.nnotate

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A.nnotate is a free online tool that allows collaborative annotating of documents and images. Annotations can appear on the page or in the margins. Notes are indexed and searchable. You can set a document to private or share with others. For all grade levels.

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