July 6, 2015 by wilsonneelynyc
In May 2014, eSchoolNews profiled the nonprofit organization ReadWorks as a highly effective resource that provides teacher access to a wide range of reading-comprehension and literacy-building products for K-12 students.
In its report, eSchoolNews noted that ReadWorks’ easily downloadable lesson plans, reading passages, and question sets are absolutely free and designed to be shared throughout the education community. Additionally, ReadWorks bases its materials on top-level research conducted by members of the National Reading Panel, with additional input from exceptional classroom teachers. The leveled reading passages ReadWorks offers cover multiple STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) topics.
eSchoolNews also notes that ReadWorks’ dissemination of engaging and grade-appropriate literacy products helps teachers to become more effective and enables students to boost their reading fluency. The ReadWorks products are in line with the Common Core educational standards adopted in recent years by most states’ education authorities.
A new collaboration between ReadWorks and the recently launched platform Narratively now brings additional high-quality reading experiences to students. Narratively works with journalists at some of the world’s preeminent media outlets, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, and the British Broadcasting Corporation, to supply narrative texts, original reporting, and creative storytelling that can stimulate students’ imaginations as well as provide instruction and reading practice.