Differentiation tools for high school ELA?

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  1. LittleShakespeare

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    Hey, everybody! I hope you're all doing well. Oh my goodness, I just got back to my classroom today. I've been battling the flu FOR THE THIRD TIME THIS MONTH. Third time. I swear, next year, I'm getting flu shots. I knew I was in trouble the second my niece coughed in my face. Lol! :D

    I had a question about differentiation. We had a PLC meeting last week about Danielson. I'm not sure if you're familiar with it, but one of the principals said that what makes a great teacher is one who differentiates instruction, who gears it towards all the diverse learners in the classroom.

    I bought this lovely tool that can help me differentiate novels: https://www.teachersdiscovery.com/product/literary-tic-tac-toe-middle-school/english

    I'm not sure if I can use this for an observation, but do you know of any other ways I can provide differentiation?

    Thank you so much, everybody! Wishing you solidarity, strength, and a whole lotta Nyquil! :D
     
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  3. ms.irene

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    Do you have devices you can use? Newsela is a great free site / app that provides text at a student's reading lexile. NoRedInk is another great source for targeted grammar instruction.
     
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    That would be wonderful. I hear some amazing things about Newsela. But forgive me, I have a personal question. I categorized my students according to their reading level: high, medium, and low. How do I assign them the specific Newsela article without being blatant? :(
     
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    Does your school have access to Newsela Pro? If so, you can have Newsela learn the reading levels of your specific students and it will auto-assign the appropriate Lexile level when that student clicks on the link while logged in.
     
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    I may be a history teacher, but I completely agree with using Newsela. We just got a PRO account this year and I love it. You can set up different classes in Newsela and select the grade level you want based on their reading levels. If we are doing an article as a class then I will tell the students the reading level to choose; otherwise I let them use the one Newsela has automatically set for them.
     
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    I have heard that you can assign Readworks articles at different reading levels online to students in your class.
     
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    www.readtheory.org
    Its aligned to common core standards and gives kids a pretest to assess reading levels and then automatically assigns passages and comprehension questions at students identified reading level. ITS 100% free and Syncs with Google!
     
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