Common Core Explorer

RL.7.10

These apps, games, and websites will help your students by the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
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CommonLit
Feature-rich literacy resource offers superb support for readers
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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StudySync
Superb ELA resource spurs critical thinking with dynamic multimedia
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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Subtext
Collaborative, customizable digital reader for all subject areas
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Actively Learn
Empowering social ereader keeps kids actively, independently engaged
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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BetterLesson
Exemplary Common Core-aligned lessons from rock star peers at large
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Bookopolis
Cute social network lets kids log books and connect with other readers
GRADES
1 - 8
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Bookshare
Unique digital library gives access to those with print disabilities
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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Folger Shakespeare Library
Teacher's resource digs deep into the Bard's work
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Front Row
Zero in on Common Core math and ELA with personalized practice and assessments
GRADES
K - 8
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Free, Paid
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n/a
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PBS LearningMedia
Impressive collection of classroom-ready, free digital resources
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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Professor Layton and the Curious Village
Brilliant, charming puzzler challenges kids' ELA and math skills
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
3DS, Nintendo DS
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NOT YET RATED
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Quandary
Slick but dialogue heavy ethics game teaches students to make tough decisions
GRADES
2 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
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ReadWorks Digital
Research-based site makes it easy to assign, differentiate readings
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Rewordify
Text-leveling tool gives every student access to complex readings
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Textadventures.co.uk
Play or design text adventures, but creation can get technical
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Classroom Ideas to Go!
More than 1,000 ideas help teachers plan creative lessons
GRADES
K - 8
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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CliffsNotes
A decent support for understanding reading, but not a replacement
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Common Core Quest
Comprehensive CCSS-aligned resource for instruction and assessment
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Cosmeo
Info-rich site could use detailed performance tracking tools
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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Google Books
Super-accessible online book repository lets kids read, review, enjoy
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Grade 6 Vocab Audios and Pics
Quirky cartoons, great audio features bring fun to vocab study
GRADES
5 - 7
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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iPoe - The Interactive and Illustrated Edgar Allen Poe Collection
An amusing way to introduce kids to the master of suspense
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Kids.gov
Resource hub mostly links to other websites
GRADES
K - 8
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Level It Books
Easily list, level, organize, and lend your classroom library
GRADES
K - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Literacy Leveler
Tool to search, sort, and level classroom books lacks helpful features
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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MyON
Reading platform encourages kids with solid audio and search features
GRADES
Pre-K - 8
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Playfic
Engaging intro to interactive fiction; limited support, organization
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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Poems by Heart from Penguin Classics
Memorize and record your favorite verses, line by line
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Qlovi
Virtual library, lesson platform could be more reader friendly
GRADES
4 - 8
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n/a
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Romeo & Juliet: Folger Luminary Shakespeare
Elegant, textbook-style reading has lots of resources, not much pizazz
GRADES
9 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Starting Shakespeare
Scaffolded activities introduce Macbeth and Midsummer to young readers
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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The Voyage of Ulysses
Explore kid-friendly games and activities on an Odyssey home to Ithaca
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Word Raider: Quest
Good variety of vocab study but lacks inventive game design
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
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NOT YET RATED
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Zing!
Reading platform and book library has nice features, design challenges
GRADES
1 - 8
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Loyal Books
Tons of audiobooks, but lack of variety and little interaction limit e-reading experience
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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The Sonnets, by Shakespeare
Search, read, and listen to free library of Shakespeare's sonnets
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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PBS LearningMedia
Stellar self-paced lessons build skills across disciplines
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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