How I Use It
I used it with 5th grade students in a largely EL population. The students really enjoyed the process of CERCA: reading an article, finding a claim and supporting their claim. The 5th graders struggled with the counter claim, but the way the CERCA program steps them through their arguments each time they worked on a new piece, every student grew in their knowledge.
This produce is excellent for immediate feedback. There are comprehension quizzes that score right away so teachers can see what part of the reading students did/did not understand. Grading online is easy and provides a lot of insight into the students' minds because all their notes and highlights are available fore the teacher to see. This makes providing feedback very personal and targeted to individual students needs. It is also easy to adjust reading levels within topic areas so students who are may be at a lower or higher level can work at their independent reading level.