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Best Common Core ELA Tools for High School

With elementary and middle school under their belts, high school students turn to mastering their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills in areas like textual analysis, narrative and research writing, persuasive argumentation, and student-led discussions, presentations, and projects. This collection of Common Core-aligned tools will help in teaching these skills, providing support for assigning texts, building and scaffolding lessons and writing projects, prompting classroom discussions, offering feedback on student work, and measuring learning outcomes.

 

LearnZillion Visit Website: http://learnzillion.com/
Quality Common Core-aligned lessons with great modeling for teachers
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
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ReadWorks Digital Visit Website: http://digital.readworks.org
Research-based site makes it easy to assign, differentiate readings
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Quill Visit Website: http://www.quill.org/
Let students do the writing to make grammar lessons more meaningful
Grades 1-9
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Price Free
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Newsela Visit Website: https://newsela.com/
Absorbing daily news stories offer kids just-right learning content
Grades 2-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
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StudySync Visit Website: http://www.studysync.com/
Superb ELA resource spurs critical thinking with dynamic multimedia
Grades 3-12
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Price Free to Try, Paid
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Actively Learn Visit Website: http://www.activelylearn.com/
Empowering social ereader keeps kids actively, independently engaged
Grades 4-12
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Price Free, Paid
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CommonLit Visit Website: http://commonlit.org/
Feature-rich literacy resource offers superb support for readers
Grades 5-12
Type Website
Price Free
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WordFlex Touch Dictionary for iPad
Amazing interactive visual dictionary makes exploring words exciting
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free to Try
Platforms iPad
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The Learning Network Visit Website: http://www.nytimes.com/learning
Process current events through engaging NYT-style lens
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
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The Sports Network 2
Make news and build ELA skills with this cable sports show sim
Grades 7-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
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Shakespeare In Bits: Macbeth iPad Edition Publisher: Mindconnex Learning Ltd.
Multimedia shines in this elegant remix of an old classic
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price $14.99 for iPad
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Shakespeare's The Tempest for iPad Publisher: Luminary Digital Media LLC
Explore Shakespeare's wild island in excellent, well-rounded reading app
Grades 11-12
Type App
Price $9.99
Platforms iPad
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