Here are some places you can go to find great free text.
|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|CommonLit||Literature||Middle School, High School||Grades 6-12||Collection of poems, short stories, news articles, historical documents, and literature for classrooms.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|
Give your students the class code (found in the Classes section of the dashboard) and instruct them to sign up by going to InsertLearning and signing in with their Google ID. While signing up students will be asked to enter a class code. Once they have done this they will see a list of assigned lessons. Students must install the InsertLearning extension in order to see the lesson you created.
There are three ways students can get to an assigned lesson.
If you use Google Classroom, you can assign lessons directly to those classes. First assign to a InsertLearning class and then click “Share to Google Classroom”.
InsertLearning lets you answer questions, see teacher notes, and take your own notes on any webpage. Make sure you sign in with the correct Google ID, and have the InsertLearning extension installed. If a lesson does not show up, click on the InsertLearning extension button.
You can activate the InsertLearning toolbar on any webpage by clicking on the InsertLearning extension button. This button is to the right of your browser's address bar and has the InsertLearning logo.
First assign the lesson to your class and make sure students have enrolled themselves into that class and have the extension installed. Second, assign students the link to the website just as you would any other website in your LMS. Add “#insertlearning” to the end of the URL so that the InsertLearning extension automatically loads for students. Students can also click the InsertLearning extension button to load the lesson when they get to the assigned webpage.
Click the question tool on the toolbar and then click on a paragraph to add a question below it. Type in the question, assign the number of points, and then click “Save”.
Create a question, click “Save”, and then type the first option in the answers box and press Enter. You can add as many choices as you would like. Click the checkbox next to the question that is correct.
Click the discussion tool on the toolbar and then click on a paragraph to add a question below it. Type in the discussion topic and then click “Save”.
Add a sticky note and then paste the URL of the YouTube video.
Most tools that have an embed code can be added to a sticky note. Create a sticky note and then paste the embed code.
Choose the highlighter tool and then select the text. You can also first select the text and then click the highlighter tool.
Click on the highlighted text and then click the trash icon.
Click “Edit” in the upper right of the question box. Make your changes and then click “Save”.
Click “Edit” on an existing question and then “Delete”. Any student responses made for that question will be lost when it is deleted.
When editing a question you can change the number of points in the upper right side of the question box.
Create a new highlight or click on an existing one, and then click the plus (+). Enter the note into the box that appears.
Go to the Classes section of the InsertLearning dashboard. Click on the plus (+) button next to “Classes” and enter the name.
In the Classes section of the InsertLearning dashboard, click on the class name and change the name. Click anywhere else on the page to save your changes.
Students can enroll themselves by entering the unique class code found in the Classes section of the dashboard. If you have a digital projector in your classroom, click the binoculars icon to make the code fullscreen. You can also import your Google Classroom roster when you create a new class.
Go to the Classes section of the InsertLearning dashboard and click “View Roster”.
Go to the Classes section of the InsertLearning dashboard and click the trashcan icon next to the class you would like to delete. Enter the name of the class and click okay. This last step is to prevent accidental deletion of classes. All student responses for the class will be removed. Lessons assigned to the class will remain.
From the lesson, click on the InsertLearning icon on the toolbar and choose the class(es) you want to assign it to. If you are assigning to a Google Classroom class, first assign to the class in InsertLearning and then click “Share to Google Classroom” and follow the steps.
From the dashboard, click the assign button next to the lesson and choose your class(es).
Google Docs must first be published before using with InsertLearning. If you click on the InsertLearning extension button, the extension will prompt you to publish the Google Doc. After confirming with Google Docs that you want to publish, you'll be sent to the published link and InsertLearning will load there.
Make sure you give students this published Google Doc URL and not a link to the editable Google Doc.
It is important to assign a lesson to the class in InsertLearning before sharing to Google Classroom.
Publish the Google Doc and load InsertLearning on the published link. Add a sticky note and paste the YouTube URL.
Go to the Grades section of the InsertLearning dashboard, and then select the class and lesson you would like to grade. You may then choose to grade by student or by question. Type in the score in the box provided. Multiple choice questions are automatically graded. Discussions are not graded.
In the Grades section of the dashboard, choose the class and lesson and then the question to view each student’s answer for that question. Type in the score to give it a grade.
In the Grades section of the dashboard, choose the class and lesson and then the student to view all of their responses in a lesson. Type in the score to give it a grade.
Students can see their scores by going to the InsertLearning dashboard and clicking on Grades.
Go to the InsertLearning dashboard and click on the Grades section. Select a class and lesson to view student answers.
Go to the discussion on the lesson to view responses.
If you use an LMS such as Google Classroom or Schoology you can assign a lesson directly from there just as you would any other website. Add “#insertlearning” to the end of the URL to automatically load the lesson. Students can also view all of their assigned lessons by going to the InsertLearning dashboard by opening a new tab and clicking on the extension or by going to insertlearning.com and clicking on "Dashboard" in the upper right corner.
Students should go to insertlearning.com and click on the sign up button. This will walk them through connecting their Google account, enrolling in a class, and installing the extension. Be sure to give students the class code so they can enter this while signing up.
Students can view a lesson by going to the assigned webpage and clicking on the InsertLearning extension button. The extension must be installed for students to view the lesson layer and they must be assigned the lesson for it to appear.
Students can type their answers directly below the question in the space provided. Their answers are automatically saved and viewable to teachers in the dashboard. Students can go to the lesson and view their answers at any time.
Students can view their grades in the InsertLearning dashboard.
As a teacher-founded company we’re well aware struggles and costs of running a classroom. That's why we priced InsertLearning at $8/month or $40/year with no limit on the number of students or classes.
Nothing. You retain access to your lessons and student responses if your subscription ends and you choose to not renew.
Not if you have over 5 lessons. If your subscription ends your account will go back to a “free trial” where you can store up to 5 lessons at one time.
Yes, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to extend your current subscription.
Yes, email us at email@example.com with your school’s name, the number of subscriptions you're interested in purchasing and the name and email of the decision maker. We offer multiple year discounts and special school subscription pricing.
Browser extension: Go to a website and click the InsertLearning extension button.
Almost any website works with InsertLearning. We have made a collection of quality, free online text that works great with InsertLearning.
Once students load the InsertLearning extension on an assigned lesson they will see all of the notes, questions, discussions, and embeds that you have added. They answer questions, participate in discussions, and take notes on the page along side what you have added. Students have their own toolbar with the highligher, hightlight note, and sticky note tools. To help differentiate notes, all teacher highlights are green, and student notes are yellow. All student notes and answers are automatically saved.
The fastest way is to open a new tab and click on the InsertLearning extension button. You can also go to insertlearning.com and click on “Sign In” in the upper right corner.
Each lesson you create has an ellipsis to the right of it in the dashboard. Click that and select Share. A box will appear with a share link that allows other teachers to preview and copy the lesson while keeping all student data private. Do not use this share link for students.
Most websites follow Internet coding standards and InsertLearning uses that to identify important information on the page. A small number of websites do not follow these standards because they are outdated or experimental. If a website is not compatible with InsertLearning, you can copy and paste the text into a Google Doc and then publish it for use with InsertLearning.
PDFs must first be converted to standard webpage for use with InsertLearning. We recommend using Google Docs to convert the PDF or copying and pasting the text into a Google Doc.
No, a published Google Doc is directly connected to the original. There is a 15 minute time delay between edits to the Google Doc and the published page. InsertLearning relies on how your document is ordered so it is recommended that you do not modify a Google Doc after you have used InsertLearning on it.
No, published Google Docs are treated like a regular webpage. This means that when you assign a lesson that has been created on a published Google Doc, students will not have a copy of that Google Doc in their drive. Nothing new will be added to the Google Classroom’s folder. Students can view their lesson by clicking on the assigned link in Google Classroom and answer the questions right on the page.
Yes, students can pick up where they left off by going back to the lesson via the original assigned link or going to the page and clicking on the InsertLearning extension. Student answers and highlights/notes are autosaved as they type so even if they accidentally close the tab/window, their work has been saved.
Click on your profile picture at the top right. Then click "Switch to a student account"
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll take care of it.
Yes, monthly and annual subscriptions that are paid with a credit card are set to auto-renew. You will receive a notification a month before this happens.
You can purchase an annual or monthly subscription with a credit card through the dashboard.
Yes, email the number of teachers and student to email@example.com for a quote.
You will receive a receipt by email after purchasing a subscription with your credit card. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need anything else to submit to your school for reimbursement.
Your lessons and student responses will still be accessible after your subscription has ended. You will not be able to create new lessons.
Click on a class to assign this lesson to it. Uncheck classes to unassign.
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On any webpage, you can create a lesson by clicking on the InsertLearning Extension Button.
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