Help me give my students an engaging shared text to support reading achievement.
I am lucky to have a diverse, vibrant, and enthusiastic group of students. We celebrate our differences, support each other to reach goals, and work together to establish a classroom community that values hard work, collaboration, resilience, and kindness.
My students come from a variety of socioeconomic environments and represent a range of academic abilities.
I have students with developmental disabilities mainstreamed for part of the day. Several students have individual education plans and others receive social-emotional support from our school social worker. Regardless, we are a classroom family and embrace our collective identity.
Our reading curriculum provides a basis for instruction. What is lacking are the texts for students to use as practice. Common texts facilitate whole group discussions and allow peers to collaborate. Storyworks is a bimonthly publication perfect to fill this void. The web site states that “Differentiation tools like leveled articles, exciting audio versions (also leveled), vocabulary slideshows, and award-winning "Behind the Scenes" videos build background knowledge and support all kinds of learners. Each issue also includes all genres so it is useful throughout the reading curriculum.
In addition, the included paired texts provide the perfect vehicle for students to compare and contrast ideas.
Articles are available at a variety of reading levels so all students can access the same basic material but written so they can handle the text independently. There are also many interactive pieces included with each subscription. These activities are engaging, appropriate, and manageable for teachers and students. A vast selection of online activities and quizzes focus on key ELA skills most critical to building analytical reading, writing, and test-taking confidence.
A subscription for each student would provide the missing link to complete our reading curriculum. I have an extensive personal classroom library but when we need to learn and practice reading skills together and shared text is key.
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