Literacy Shift #1: Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction
This search engine is part of the District High School Library network. It can be used to find resources for student and staff use. The reading levels are included with the text. The advanced search tool allows teachers to search for text within a particular Lexile. Please see Susan Pennington for assistance with this site.
Newsela is an innovative way for students to build reading comprehension with nonfiction that's always relevant: daily news. The text are leveled, it’s easy to use, and it’s free.
The US Library of Congress website is a fantastic place to find digital copies of more than ten million primary sources. To help you utilize the documents you can find on the site, visit the Library of Congress Teacher’s Page. The primary source center walks teachers through the process of locating documents on the site.
A wide variety of non-fiction articles for various content areas.
Online journal with contemporary articles related to American literature.
This site posts current, controversial and important issues and presents unbiased research for both sides of the issue. It also includes lessons plans.
Great videos and articles. Stream and download videos at home first.
Seven free tools to create interactive learning activities based on any primary source in the National Archives: finding a sequence; focusing on details; making connections; mapping history; seeing the big picture; weighing the evidence; and interpreting data.
Great primary source resources for educators.
There are many topics to choose from! Animals, Art, Entertainment, Opinion, Odd News, Current Events, etc. The website offers a critical thinking question at the end, and students can comment on the website and interact with students around the country.
Lessons for subjects across the curriculum based on Times content.
Describes how to use the New York Times blog “Room for Debate” to teach argument writing.
The most-read articles about American literature; updated monthly.
A database of more than 7,000 primary-source documents and images from around the world, sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, searchable by date, era, country, continent, topic, and type of research.
A great source for articles of the week on a variety of topics.
Literacy Shift #2: Reading, writing and speaking grounded in evidence from text, both literary and informational
Literacy Shift #3: Regular practice with complex text and its academic language
Find the Lexile level of any text following the directions on the following document.
Add “Using the Lexile Analyzer” PDF document