This is a bit of a cheater post because I'm simply bragging on another website. But y'all. It's so good.
Let me preface this by saying that I'm typically that teacher sitting in the back of a technology professional development thinking, "Oh yeah? How do you suggest I make THAT work in ELA?" Once again, we are the misfits of the content areas. Math and science know how to behave. Not us. (I'm not going to talk about social studies...they don't behave either).
|SAMR model for technology integration in education|
Meet Newsela. It has everything English teachers love. It houses current expository articles about relevant topics. But wait...there's more. You can click to highlight and annotate to interact with the text.
That's not all. When you register with your free teacher account, your students can take quizzes, and Newsela will track their progress.
This is the best part. You can ADJUST THE LEXILE LEVEL. Seriously. You click a button and it instantly changes. Look at this...as you scroll through my screen shots, notice that the lexile increases. Even the titles are adjusted. There is so much you can do with this!
|Lexile Level: 750|
|Lexile Level: 850|
|Lexile Level: 1040|
|Lexile Level: 1120|