I love using technology in my classroom. But sometimes as teachers we run into some stumbling blocks--the biggest being the availability of technology. At my school we are very fortunate to have a number of computer labs and ipad labs to share amongst the teachers in our building.
We have so many resources at our fingertips. What a wonderful time we live in. Remember when we were students and we didn't have access to this many resources? It is amazing! Think about it--our students have computers in their pockets! If you told me 10 years ago that we would be carrying around computers in our pockets, I would have told you that you were crazy! So today, I am going to share with you two of my favorite websites to use in the classroom as sources for online reading!
I love how CommonLit offers informational texts and literary texts that I can pair with my novels. If I want to read texts based on a certain theme, I can search that theme and find lots of texts at all different grade levels. You can filter texts by book, grade level, genre, text set, theme, and literary device. I love that I can find texts based on Ethos, Pathos, and Logos very easily for my upcoming Rhetoric unit. There are units and lesson plans available for some of the texts.
I can create classes and assign texts to my students and gain feedback about their reading. It shows you how students are doing in each of the CCSS standards. There is so much you can explore with this website.
Price: Free! There is no cost to use this website.
Curriculet is an "Independent reading program for grades 3-12 with built-in curriculum and assessments to encourage closer reading in print or online." Wow! I love that I can assign my students a novel and there are close reading questions and annotations built right into the text. Students answer these questions as they are reading. At the end of the chapters there are quizzes about what they read. Students get instant feedback about their reading! As a teacher I can also get data about which standards my students are struggling with!
There are some novels that are free and some novels that you "rent" for a low price, like $1 or $2. There is a huge library of novels--classics, young adult, new releases, etc. They are also adding more titles all the time.
Students can read the novel two different ways: Curriculet e-reader or Read Externally. The e-reader allows the students to read and answer questions online. Reading Externally is where the student reads the print copy of the novel and then answers the questions online. Students can use Curriculet on any internet enabled device. If it has an internet browser on it, they can login to Curriculet.
Price: There is a fee to use the program. The thing I love is that I have access to hundreds of books for the price they ask, where you are paying $300+ just for a class set (40) novels.
**These opinions are all my own. I was not paid or compensated for my opinions.**