Teacher Review for CommonLit

Solid Resource

Nicole L.
Classroom teacher
Southwest High School
Jacksonville, United States
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
How I Use It
This is a great site to use for non-fiction reading practice and for pairing with longer works to give background information. I think the students would definitely need some guidance on how to maneuver the website, but beyond that, it a very cohesive resource that has a lot of versatility.
My Take
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.