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English nytimes.com
Math cnx.org
Science realclearsports.com
Social Studies npr.org
English docs.google.com
Math fivethirtyeight.com
Science tweentribune.com
Social Studies docs.google.com

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Questions that work for any lesson

  1. Summarize the above paragraph/section/text
  2. Identify the main idea of the paragraph/section/text
  3. List at least 2 supporting details of the paragraph/section/text
  4. Explain how you know the purpose of the paragraph/section/text as to inform, persuade, entertain
  5. Predict, based on what you’ve read and seen so far, what the next paragraph/section/text is about
  6. Paraphrase the previous sentence
  7. Write one question that you’ve thought of based on the previous paragraph/section/text
  8. Find one vocabulary word and write a sentence about the content of the text using the word
  9. Skim the text. What is your purpose for reading?
  10. What is a key word in the above paragraph/section/text?

Annotation Instructions for students

  • Add a sticky note with these instructions:
    • Highlight 5 words that were new to you. Comment on each highlight with the definition
  • Embed this instructional video showing students how to annotate the text

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    Resource Type Age level Reading level(s) Great for Good to know…
    TweenTribune News Middle School, High school Grades 3-12 Daily news stories are selected by professional journalists working closely with teens, tweens and teachers.
    Newsela News Middle School, High school Grades 3-12 Engaging students in relevant, recent topics Can create classes and track student progress
    CK-12 Textbook Middle School, High school Grades 6-12 Open source textbooks for most subjects and grade levels.
    OER Commons Textbook Middle School, High school Grades 6-12 Repository of open sources text and curriculum. A good source for finding free textbooks
    OpenStax Textbook High school, College Grades 10-12 Free, open source college level textbooks
    Boundless Textbook High school, College Grades 10-12 Free, open source college level textbooks
    Big History Project Textbook, Nonfiction Middle School, High school Grades 6-12 Online textbook that covers the history of the universe and life
    Ozy News, Nonfiction Middle School, High school Grades 6-12 News and magazine site aimed at teens
    Lit-Hum Literature Middle School, High school Grades 6-12 Collection of stories and poems
    Project Gutenberg Literature, Nonfiction Middle School, High school Grades 6-12 Large collection of free classic texts. Works best if text is pasted into a published Google Doc
    Literature.org Literature Middle School, High school Grades 6-12 Find the full and unabridged texts of classic works of English literature
    UMN Open Textbook Library Literature, Nonfiction High school, College Grades 11+ Find college level open source textbooks. The library is organized by the Univeristy of Minnesota.
    CommonLit Literature Middle School, High School Grades 6-12 Collection of poems, short stories, news articles, historical documents, and literature for classrooms. PDF Articles: copy and paste text into a Google Doc and publish for use with InsertLearning.
    Google News News Middle School, High School Usually Grades 5-12 Searching for multiple sources You can search for specific topics and even by source and geogprahical point and time
    NPR News News Middle School, High School Grades 5-10 Relevant, recent topics Majority of stories include audio
    NY Times Learning Network News High School Grades 8-12 Bringing relevant news to your classroom Has pre-made lesson plans using news articles; includes some video and audio for differentiation
    NPR Goats and Soda Blog News Middle School, High School Grades 5-10 News stories about living life in a life-changing world. Inspiring students through the news Usually has audio for differentiation
    NPR Code Switch Blog News Middle School, High School Grades 5-10 Engage students in difficult topics in an accessible manner Usually has audio for differentiation
    TED News, Nonfiction Middle School, High School Usually Grades 5-10 Great ideas to change the world. Inspiring students and making them think Includes time-stamped transcripts of every talk including video
    The Big Think Nonfiction Middle School, High School Grades 5-10 Articles from experts about world-changing ideas and policies. Inspiring students and making them think Every article chosen for significance, relevance, and application
    This I Believe Literature Middle School, High School Grades 5-8 Personal Essays about life. Using memoir to engage students Has audio of every story for differentiation
    NPR History Dept. Blog Nonfiction Middle School, High School Grades 8-12 New research to inform history Brings new insights into historical concepts
    Daily History Nonfiction High School Grades 9-12 Teaching history using primary sources Includes primary source images as well as documents; publishes one new concept every day
    American Rhetoric Top 100 Speeches Nonfiction High School Grades 9-12 Inspiring students while teaching history and rhetoric Has audio/video as well as text for most speeches

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