In EVSC we are very fortunate to have access to Achieve 3000. This program gives students a level set test and has nonfiction text available for the reader at their level. Over time with the completion of the 5 step process students will double or even triple their lexile level within a school year. Hopefully you’ve had a chance to explore within Achieve. If you haven’t and want to know more, reach out to your friendly district eLearning coach or iCat. We will be more than happy to help.

Today’s post will introduce alternative online resources that offer texts at various grade levels to help meet differentiation needs in your classroom.

TTJunior/TeenTribune/ TweenTribune

TTJunior presents nonfiction articles for students in grades K-5.TweenTribune is designed for grades 5-8 while TeenTribune is designed for grades 9-12. The staff at the Tribune scours the internet each day for age appropriate news stories, posts them along with quizzes and critical thinking questions.

Click on the picture to visit the website for each.

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Getting Started

1. To get started with the grade level of your choice, click the red Teacher sign up in the top right hand corner of the page.


2. Fill in the requested information. You will then receive a confirmation email containing your username and password.

3. Then log in to set up your classroom(s) by clicking on the Manage classrooms – (Resource is no longer available) link that’s include in the welcome email to you. The Manage classrooms link appears 2 places: In your welcome email and in the list of For teachers links on the right side of the homepage after you log in

4. Use the Manage classrooms link to rename your classrooms, add students, delete students or retrieve your students’ usernames and passwords. After you have registered all the students in your classroom(s), click the Print button to print out your students’ usernames and passwords on sheets of paper. Tear the sheets into strips, then distribute usernames and passwords to your students.

5.Then ask your students to log in with the usernames and passwords you created for them, then select a story from Topics menu or the homepage of TTJuniorTeenTribune, TweenTribune, or TTEspañol and create a comment about the story. Comments do not appear until you publish them.

6.Then log in and click the Comments awaiting approval link to review, then publish, your students’ comments. This link displays within the list of For teacher links that appear on the right side of the homepage after you log in. Select the classroom you want using the Change classroom pulldown.

Within the website you can search by grade level or any topic of your choice by selecting the topic in the menu on the right hand side of the page or typing in a search topic in the box.


Readworks is an additional free resource for K-8 teachers who want to provide literary and nonfiction texts at various lexile levels to their students. Each article is paired with an activity that helps building comprehension skills. Along with the texts there are hundreds of common core aligned lessons. You can search by lexile,state or common core standards to find materials.

Click the picture to visit the site.


Getting Started

Jeff from ReadWorks will show you how to get started, search, and describe the features available on ReadWorks.

 Searching for Texts

Since ReadWorks focuses on multiple reading comprehension points, it gives you various ways of searching.By state standard, common core, lexile, grade, or comprehension skill. To do so start by clicking on reading passages on the left hand side menu.

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A box will appear where you can adjust your search settings. Type in a keyword and select your search preferences. It will then provide a list of available texts or lessons for you to choose from. Post them to your online learning management system or print for use.

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60 Second Recap 

Looking for a resource to sum up everything in a novel? 60 Second Recap offers a quick summary of the most used novels in middle school and high school.They also provide book reviews, articles of interest to teens, tips for the future college student, and writing tips. Click the picture to visit the site.

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Free Audio Books

Sometimes we want to mix things up and need a change in format. Audiobooks are utilized by all levels of readers and are especially nice for those on the go. There are many great websites, but these are my favorites.

Your Challenge

Check out one of the Tribune websites or ReadWorks. (Or if you’re feeling fancy why not both!)

Find an article or text to use with your students in your content area.

Tell us what you like and don’t like about the choice. How could the use of these websites help you in your classroom?

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  1. I am a member of Readworks. I love the variety of articles. I also love how they are organized in different ways. you can get Articles by strand of reading, or by grade level. I used to use them as warm ups to get their brain going with shorter articles. Use the poems to address things that you don’t want them to spend a lot of time reading, but more time discussing and practicing the skill. I am excited about the other options too!

  2. I found several good articles on Readworks. The Lexile levels were, in my estimation, very close to what they advertised. If we don’t have Achieve at some point in the future, this will be my first stop. I liked the leveled articles and the questions at the end were high quality. My main complaint is that Achieve makes it much easier to provide the same content in multiple Lexile levels; it happens automatically. I may supplement Achieve with some articles from this site on occasion, especially if we do something as a whole class.

  3. Being a math teacher, we don’t do a lot of reading articles or opinion based discussions. The reading we do is mostly word recognition and being able to decipher directions to a problem. Since I also teach science, many times things come up in discussions about the different ideas scientists have had. For example, google’s self driving car. I would have the students read the article, and then form an opinion about it. Put a line down the middle of the room and ask a series of questions and they move to the side that supports their opinion. Then discussion ensues and they are allowed to switch sides. Below is a copy of the article I would use in the class.

  4. hits me as a great tool for differentiating during reading time. While not all children are at the same level, all children are reading and working on comprehension! Love it!

    TweenTribune is a great way to provide current events as well as relevancy for students. I am planning to use this with my help desk students next semester as a portion of their blogs. I think students sometimes need text that relates to their daily routine in addition to classic text. Creating interest is critical! What a great way to do so!

    60 second recap can be a great tool for students as they decide to read books or begin research. Additionally, students are being encourage to write abstracts but we often fail to provide examples. 60 second recap can offer that source!

    The free books – bring those on! My teachers are constantly searching for ways to read but not spend money. Budgets are tight! Wonderful!

  5. I had never heard of the resources that you gave us today, but after looking at them, I will definitely encourage our teachers to use both. I set up an account on Tween Tribune, and enjoyed reading the short articles. This will definitely keep the children up on current events. I love that there are small tests that they can take after reading the article and that the teacher can see all of the children’s comments. I also looked at ReadWorks, I like how it uses fiction and nonfiction articles for the children to read. I fell like these are two resources that will be used at our school.

  6. I think today’s resources are awesome.. I am definitely going to share them with my teachers. I would love to see them assign a tween tribune article for a bell ringer assignment to get the class started. These tools will be great to help students enjoy reading more. If they get to use their ipads to read an article they will be more apt to read more.

  7. Tween Tribune is a perfect way for teachers to integrate current events easily into their day. Articles are up to date and are a quick read. Love the pre-made quizzes and critical thinking component as well. The set up works well with our 1:1 district. Teachers have the ability to set up nine different classes to help differentiate as well.

    I formerly taught 5th grade and ReadWorks seemed to have a lot of the books I used for novel assignments. What a wealth of resources at a ton of different levels. Wish I would have known about this sooner!

  8. I have used both sites and really enjoy both! I have found that I am using more from ReadWorks this year. I like that I can give a student a lower level passage, if needed. Most of the time, the students can’t tell the difference, so that makes things easier in the classroom. I believe that the stories in ReadWorks are very appropriate and the level of the questions are useful in the classroom. Sometimes I will project the story onto the screen and we’ll read it together. Other times, I will photocopy the story and they will read it individually. If that is the case, we will discuss the answers together.

    With computers in my classroom, I plan on using Tween Tribune more this year. I think it is vital for the students to read different articles and know what is important and what isn’t.

  9. In reviewing, it seems like it would provide a very simple way to differentiate instruction and provide students practice using fresh reads at their reading levels. I like the quizzes as well, as they seem to each have an open ended writing prompt. I could see these being used in Daily 5 rotations, as a DI homework assignment, etc.

  10. I have used Tween Tribune for several years and it is a user friendly site. I use it to keep the kids up to date on current topics. A lot of the time I let the kids choose which topic they would like for the day. I can monitor or respond to their conversations.

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