ReadWorks is a non-profit organization which gives teachers the research-proven tools and support they need to improve the academic achievement of their students

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ReadWorks is a non-profit organization which gives teachers the research-proven tools and support they need to improve the academic achievement of their students. The website provides lessons which are organized by skill and strategy units, comprehension units, and novel study units. Leveled non-fiction and literary reading passages are also provided. The ReadWorks materials are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).


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ReadWorks provides teachers with a large set of grade-level aligned complex literary and informational texts on a variety of topics. Many reading passages are accompanied by text-dependent questions, vocabulary student worksheets, and teacher notes. Each reading passage that comes with a question set identifies the specific CCSS encompassed in the activities. Reading passages are tagged by K-12 grade, Lexile level, subject domain, text types, and skill/strategy employed. Many of the reading passages are appropriate for adult education programs, and adult educators can use the Lexile information to select reading passages at an appropriate level for their learners. Teachers can use the resource to address College and Career Readiness (CCR) standards’ key advance one: regular practice with complex text and its academic language and key advance two: reading, writing, and speaking are grounded in evidence from text. Paired reading passages sets enable educators to select several reading passages on a topic or theme to address key advance three: building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction. 

Note: The site also provides lesson plans for grades K-6 which are aligned to the CCSS. The content of some of these lesson plans may not be appropriate for adult education students.

ReadWorks might be used in the field of adult education to identify learning level appropriate texts and text-dependent tasks for classroom instructional use. The texts do not require any modification. Teachers can use text dependent questions and vocabulary resources as is or modify the text-dependent questions and develop writing prompts. The paired passages features may be used to build content knowedge in the classroom. Teachers would need to translate K-12 grade levels to their appropriate course level and review the grade-level CCSS to identify the CCR standards addressed by the materials.

Professional developers could use the resource to prepare sample lessons using the text passages and questions. 

The reading passages are the most useful resources on the site. Users can use the filter functions to find appropriate texts for adult education students. The Text Type, Grade, and Lexile Level are all useful filters to find complex texts suitable for the learning level and content needs of adult education students. After opening a free account, users can download texts or save to “My Binder” for future access.


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