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9 Apps and Sites That Make Reading Fun

October 11, 2013
Ellen Holderman
Common Sense Education

CATEGORIES Common Sense Resources, In the Classroom, Students, Tools
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It's Top Picks List Friday! This week we're featuring great tools that fuel a love for reading. Give kids and teens a reason to love reading with these terrific websites, games, and apps that help them discover new authors, genres, and books.

To see the rating of each app, game, or website, visit the Top Picks List "Sites That Fuel a Love of Reading."

 

 

 

 

Shakespeare in Bits: Macbeth iPad Edition
Shakespeare in Bits: Macbeth iPad Edition delivers the original play, divided into digestible "bits" with translation, analysis, summaries, and notes. But what really makes it shine is a fully animated version of the tragedy that runs beside the text and features the voices of some top-notch contemporary Shakespearean actors. Read full review.

StudySync
This digital library covers English language arts, history, science, math and technology, and social studies. Each text offers audio, video, critical thinking questions, prompts, and lesson plans. The kicker? All of these well-written lesson plans are linked to Common Core standards. Read full review.

Actively Learn
Actively Learn is an online e-reader like many others –- kids can highlight and annotate text as they read. What's more, it lets teachers assign texts to groups of students so that whole classes can read, annotate, and interact. Read full review.

Goodreads
Goodreads is a website for book lovers to review books, share recommendations, and track reading history and goals. It's also a social network where teens can see what their friends are reading and can join discussion groups for their favorite books. Read full review.

Kid in Story Book Maker
Kid in Story Book Maker includes several template stories where teachers, therapists, parents, or older kids can add their image right into the story. With the impressive green-screen technology, it's easy to extract a person's image from a photo and eliminate the background, so just the picture of a person can be dropped into the scenes in the book. Read full review.

ReadThinkWrite
ReadWriteThink is an online resource that contains lessons, interactive activities, and printables to help kids improve their reading and writing skills. There are over fifty Interactives, or Flash-based games and widgets for kids -- everything from a "Book Cover Creator" to a "Theme Poems" game, and more. Read full review.

NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program
In this kid version of the National Novel Writing Month program, young writers accept the challenge to complete a novel between Nov. 1 and 30. It's a contest, but everyone who finishes wins. Kids choose their word count at the beginning, write their novel in a notebook or offline word-processing program, then update their word count online throughout the month. Read full review.

Poets.org
Poets.org, presented by the Academy of American Poets, showcases more poets and poems than you ever dreamed of. You'll find biographies and photos of more than 450 American poets, past and present. Read full review.

Teen Ink
The Teen Ink website is a Web version and extension of the print publication of the same name. The underlying premise is that kids are creative and capable of amazing things when given encouragement and a forum. Read full review.

 

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