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Great for data but cannot use web based because answers are on the web

I would love for this to be an online activity. But the cheating has to be stopped.
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Students are happy to engage!

CommonLit is an important tool in our Language Arts classroom. I like the supports built into each assignment, the ease of measuring student performance, and the ease of integration with Google Classroom. Honestly, there is nothing that I do not like.
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Handy resource library of standard aligned texts, assessment questions, and paired media.

I think this is a great resource for teachers to use in their classrooms. It's not flashy or gamified, but it does focus on standards-based analysis of leveled texts. It's really been useful as a library to draw from when I want to focus on a specific standard or skill. I also really enjoyed using it for reteaching or extension activities for different personalized learning goals.
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Reading Practice!

i love it. It is very easy to use and great for virtual or remote learning.
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Excellent tool for English teachers!

This is an excellent teaching tool. I like the fact that I can assign questions to my students, which promote higher level thinking and analysis skills. The account is easy to set up and free for teachers.
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Very Useful!

I really am a fan of this application. Having access to so many news articles, poems, short stories, and historical documents is very helpful for students. Being that I teach English, this is a dream. Assignments can be given directly on this platform and to make things even easier, this tool has a grading/feedback option as well. I can assign readings from the time period we are studying or use this as a historical background tool when teaching literature. This tool also translates words, defines words and helps students understand what they are reading.
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A wonderful tool for social studies instruction for students of diverse reading levels.

I really appreciate this tool as a way to also integrate technology into the classroom. Since students would gain the same knowledge or be completing the same task -reading and analyzing a historic text- this would fall in the Substitution portion of the SAMR framework. With the proper, direct instruction of the tools provided by CommonLit, it could serve as a great implementation of TPACK. Although this use of technology falls much lower on the SAMR framework, it still provides as an invaluable tool for differentiated learning,
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Looking for Nonfiction passages to use in the classroom?

Would love to see more articles that are lower lexile related for below reading levels.
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Solid Resource

This is a great tool that has a lot of "depth." It begins with a student introduction to the article and then provides annotation tasks, which vary in difficulty based on the lexile level of the article. CommonLit also asks varied questions, such as guiding questions, assessment questions, and discussion questions. You can assist struggling learners with dictionary tools, read the text aloud options, translation options, and highlight tools. There are also other resources developed to the specific article you choose, such as related texts, related media, answer keys, and parent guides. Once the students know how to navigate the website, there is so much that can be done with CommonLit.
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A great resource to find MORE relevant resources

I like it as a resource to help scaffold and build background knowledge on a topic. The articles are short enough to be manageable and if I wanted to I could include multiple in one class period. As a teacher, I loved that each article had suggestions for articles related to the same topic that I could explore and use as well. The sets are perfect- there was a lot of good information that WIkipedia just couldn't provide to my students and most of it was timely and relevant to them.
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