Thursday, June 2, 2016

ReadWorks Digital: Add Digital Reading to Your Students' Comprehension Curriculum has long been a favorite website of mine for finding quality, leveled, short reading passages by subject and topic with vocabulary and comprehension question sets that tie to the reading for grades K-12. ReadWorks is a nonprofit committed to supporting teachers in their use of research-based pedagogy and curriculum for reading comprehension. ReadWorks is free for teachers and is meant to be shared broadly.

Last week I was excited to see that the service ramped up their offering with ReadWorks Digital so it is now easier to assign students specific articles to be read on any internet-connected device. The beauty of the digital informational and fictional text is the ease of assignment selection,  student accessibility, and automatic scoring and access to results for both teacher and student. Watch this short video to learn more.

Class administration is easy. The teacher logs into the website, creates a class, and adds assignments to the class. Students can join the class using their Google Apps for Education account and a teacher access code. There is no need to upload student information in advance. Once logged in, the student has easy access to assignments. Articles can be assigned to selected students as a way to differentiate, or the class as a whole.

The teacher can search for passages by topic, subtopic, grade or Lexile, and/or type of text. Not only can teachers select passages to assign, but they can add articles to their list for future use.

If you want to try it out before committing to an account, ReadWorks invites you to use their guest login after accessing the website:
Password: password123

Here is an example of the results of an article search under the topic of Skills and Strategies for 4th grade informational text.

The teacher can preview an article, vocabulary, and question sets before assigning.

There are choices when the teacher is assigning the article.

After students login to their student accounts, they will see the assignment.

Students will read, review vocabulary, and complete the questions. It is easy for students to toggle back and forth between the article and questions to reread or check for understanding.

Students will experience both multiple choice and short answer questions in their question set.

Once student have submitted their assignment, the teacher can access the students’ work under the Assignments dashboard.

The teacher will view the class results and grade any short answer passages the students answered.

Students can see their assignment results after the teacher has reviewed and graded any short answer questions.

An additional benefit of using ReadWorks Digital is increased student exposure to and experience with digital reading passages and questions similar to those they might find on state SBAC tests.  

I hope that teachers will give their students the opportunity to engage interactively with ReadWorks’ award-winning, research-based, reading comprehension articles and curriculum as they begin planning for a new school year.