Just in time for back-to-school: New distance learning resources are available on Wide Open School.
Teachers should sign up for a preview account and familiarize themselves with all of the tool's features to try them out before they invest in a full subscription. Once classes are uploaded, teachers can assign articles and track student progress. Students can complete a weekly homework assignment on articles, or the articles can be used as a basis for a teacher-guided or small-group activity on a related topic. Keep in mind that students will need a device to access the articles and supplementary resources and to complete the assessments independently, so solo work with this app may be best suited to the 1-to-1 classroom. For teachers who are required to track achievement of CCSS, the quizzes that accompany the long articles will provide information on student progress with reading informational texts.Continue reading Show less
TimeEdge is a digital news source created to promote information literacy in the middle school classroom. Original content is provided by education editors from Time Magazine and Time for Kids. The articles include multimedia, primary sources, teaching guides, and assessments. You can start by registering for a free 60-day trial; you can sign up later for a paid subscription to use all of the features. Teachers set up access for students, share articles, and track their students' reading progress through the site. With each article, there's an accompanying teaching guide that includes discussion questions, an essential question, and alignment with Common Core State Standards. Audio narration, supplementary videos, Spanish translation, and quizzes accompany many of the articles, too. There's also an option to access the article at an alternate reading level. Topics covered on the site are updated weekly and include science, debate, history, world, sports, and health.
TimeEdge has the potential to help students develop critical-thinking and close-reading skills. The digital format with multimedia and interactive features will appeal to students; teachers' ability to track student progress and achievement of CCSS will assist with accountability. Audio, video, Spanish translation, and alternate reading levels support differentiation. The teaching notes will give instructors ideas for how to guide students to a deeper understanding of the content and strengthen literacy development. The range of topics should allow teachers to find articles that supplement the classroom curriculum, and the articles should also encourage discussion, debate, and thoughtful analysis of current issues.
Key Standards Supported
Reading Informational Text
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas.
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author distinguishes his or her position from that of others.
Compare and contrast a text to an audio, video, or multimedia version of the text, analyzing each medium’s portrayal of the subject (e.g., how the delivery of a speech affects the impact of the words).
Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.
Analyze how two or more authors writing about the same topic shape their presentations of key information by emphasizing different evidence or advancing different interpretations of facts.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Analyze in detail the structure of a specific paragraph in a text, including the role of particular sentences in developing and refining a key concept.
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints.
Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea.
Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced.
Analyze a case in which two or more texts provide conflicting information on the same topic and identify where the texts disagree on matters of fact or interpretation.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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