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Teachers can help students boost reading comprehension

Reading is often a challenge, but teachers can use these free resources to help students’ achievement

reading-SOTWReadWorks is a nonprofit organization that provides online research-based K-8 curriculum and guidance in reading comprehension directly to teachers, for free, to be shared broadly. Its mission is to improve teacher effectiveness in teaching reading comprehension, to increase student achievement.

ReadWorks’ curriculum aligns to the Common Core and state standards. Its hundreds of lessons and thousands of reading passages/question sets are leveled to help teachers differentiate, meeting students where they are developmentally, with grade-level appropriate and engaging texts.

ReadWorks addresses a critical pain point for teachers by providing free, high-quality curriculum that can be implemented immediately within the practical realities of classrooms. That begins to establish a consistent pedagogical approach. It engage teachers over time to help them fundamentally and permanently improve their practice and the success of their students in reading comprehension.

K-8 students around the country can build skills by reading hundreds of engaging articles written by some of today’s top journalists through a new collaboration between ReadWorks and Narratively, a premium platform devoted to original, in-depth and untold stories. The partnership launched last summer in time for back-to-school in the fall of 2013.

The nonfiction and literary articles are written by reporters who have worked for media organizations such as The New York Times, New York magazine, CNN, NPR, MediaStorm, The New Yorker, and the BBC. Half of the Narratively articles on ReadWorks align to the recently released Next Generation Science Standards, with the other half representing essential social studies topics, original fiction, and original reporting.

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