Teacher Review for ReadWorks

Treasure trove of reading comprehension resources and lessons for K-8, aligned to Common Core Standards

Susan M.
Blended Learning Coach
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
ReadWorks is a great resource! It has a collection of reading passages aligned to standards and is organized by grade levels, each with question sets. This could be used for a variety of lessons, individual and small group work, and definitely for practice. If a student needed extra support on a certain comprehension skill, the site also has skill and strategy units with multiple lessons. I particularly liked the literature-based comprehension and novel units. So many wonderful titles with wonderful lessons available. I would definitely use some of the ideas within the novel units for middle school, especially because it uses real literature. Readworks provides teacher and student materials, assessments, and a pacing guide--not necessarily a fully developed unit, but it provides a solid foundation by which to design learning experiences.
My Take
Organized into skill/strategy units K-6); comprehension units (K-5); novel study units (5-6); and reading passages (K-8), this serves as a fantastic collection of resources for teaching literacy. And they are free! I like how it is organized. If I need a particular skill, such as cause and effect or sequence, I can easily find resources and lessons within the grade level or reading level that I need. The lessons use real literature to teach the skills such as The Wizard of Oz, The Snowy Day, and The Westing Game. The Reading Passages section is organized almost like a search engine. You can type in a keyword, a grade, a lexile level, a domain (life science, technology, geography, engineering), even a text type, and it gives you choices to use. Reading passages are uploaded as pdfs, so it is easy to download and print, or even save and upload to use online. I highly recommend this as a collective library of resources!