How I Use It
I created logins and put students in their levels (equivalent to grades) and the students were off. Students are given a short passage (fiction, non-fiction, prose) to read and a few (3-7) multiple choice questions to answer. Students can go back into the text to answer vocabulary questions, reasoning or research questions. I also like how students can check their own progress which shoes their point total (points earned for correctly answering the multiple choice questions), the number of quizzes they've taken and some bar graphs which represent their progression through the levels.
ReadTheory is ideal to introduce in the classroom before sending it home as homework or as an end of class, free work time activity. It's not a game of any sort, it simply provides students with reading passages at their level followed by comprehension questions which show me a students reading level. I'm still testing to see if the reading passages equate to grade level reading, but find with ELLs some of the American centric cultural questions raise new topics such as American holidays or traditions to be directly covered in class.