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CommonLit

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What is it?

CommonLit is a free online learning platform that provides lesson plans and activities to support learners’ reading and writing skills.

How to obtain it?

Visit the website and create a free account. Students can also create free accounts.

What are the benefits?

  • Free digital lesson library
  • Standards aligned
  • Leveled reading
  • Ability to track student progress
  • Focused on developing reading, writing, communication, and problem solving skills that will be needed for postsecondary education
  • Includes guiding and assessment questions
  • Can search by level, genre, or literary device

What are the drawbacks?

  • Texts do not adjust to multiple levels

How can CommonLit be used in education?

  • For providing students with level-appropriate reading practice
  • For activating background knowledge on a specific subject
  • For finding supplemental texts for classroom use

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