Having the “same” text written for different levels of English comprehension can be a life-saver for a multi-level class of English Language Learners or for a teacher with a mainstream class that includes some students that are facing other challenges. They can be an important tool for differentiation.
But where do you get these different versions other than creating them yourself?
Here are a few sources, and I hope that readers will suggest more:
Newsela provides several “levels” of the same newspaper articles, along with accompanying online quizzes, that students can read and take. For a small fee, Teachers can create a virtual classroom, assign articles and monitor student progress. However, students can read the articles for free without having to pay anything.
News In Levels offers similar resources, but without the ability to track student progress online. The site is free.
For The Teachers has similar leveled articles available for download. It, too, is free.
Text Compactor lets you paste text into it and then automatically shares different versions with fewer words. It seemed to work pretty well when I tried it.
Rewordify is like a super-sophisticated Text Compactor on steroids. You can read my previous post about it: “Rewordify” Is One Of The Most Unique Sites Out There For English Language Learners & Others.
Reader Laurie suggests Embedded Reading, which has these kinds of similar “leveled” texts in English, as well as in other languages.
I learned about CommonLit from the amazing educator Suzie Boss at her recent Edutopia post. It’s a neat site that doesn’t actually provide the “same” text written for different “levels.” What it does do, however, is provide leveled readings – with prompts — on the same theme. It’s pretty neat. (They’ve just added many new features – see “CommonLit” Now Lets Teachers Create Free Virtual Classrooms)
Books That Grow has a library of texts that have each been edited to be made accessible to different reading levels. And it has some other unique features — teachers can create virtual classrooms to assign and/or monitor what students what are reading and students can click on words that are new to them to see definitions and hear how they are pronounced. They are also planning on adding comprehension questions. The texts can be read on any device.
Thanks to reader Vincy Murgillo for letting me know about the Smithsonian’s Tween Tribune. It provides daily news stories, with the same one edited several times for different reading levels. The stories also have self-scoring quizzes and provide decent “critical thinking” questions that students can respond to in the comments. On top of that, teachers can create virtual classrooms to monitor it all, as well as moderating student comments. And it’s all available for free!
You have to pay for it, but Birdbrain Science and History have similar resources (they’ve changed their name to RocketLit).
Newsela, which is on this list, has now begun to provide Spanish translations of some articles, including providing them at different reading levels. Here is their blog post announcing the feature, and here’s a link to their Spanish-language text sets.
The British Council Has Excellent Leveled Reading Resources
“TIME/Edge” Could Be Useful For Students Over The Summer
Kids Discover has several levels for social studies instruction – for a price that does not seem to be unreasonable.
“Simplish” Automatically Simplifies And/Or Summarizes Text
“ReadWorks” Now Provides “Same” Texts At Different Level
Scholastic has a small number of audio-supported same text at different levels (they also have a few more here). In addition, their Storyworks program has many more, though it costs about $8 per student to use.
Thanks to Christina Cabal’s blog (which is on the The Top Blogs and Resource Sites For Teachers Of English Language Learners list), I’ve learned about a new site called Learn With News. It provides articles about current events, which each one having three versions at different lexile levels. They also provide questions for each article. However, they are not interactive online, so you would need to either print them out or project them. The site also says they will soon be adding audio support for the text.
“Freckle” Provides Hundreds Of Articles In “5 or more different reading levels”
“News-O-Matic” Is Definitely A Site I Would Consider Using With Students Right Now
“TIME FOR KIDS” NOW OFFERS MATERIALS IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES, SAME ARTICLE IN DIFFERENT LEXILE LEVELS
Graded listening is a radio program from the British Council that is provided in three “lexile” levels.
Transforming the Resources You Have into Accessible Formats for All Students is an excellent post by Carmen Nguyen.
Brittanica Kids has all of its articles written in three different levels: Kids, Students, Scholars. There is a cost involved, but a lot of their resources are available for free. For example, I found this article on The Compromise of 1850 that I’ll be using in my ELL U.S. History class. They also have a small collection of free “read aloud” books for new readers. I’m not sure what the restrictions are about what’s free and what’s for subscribers only.
The OER Project Offers The Same Social Studies Texts In Different Lexile Levels – For Free!
I think a lot of teachers will find this post from TESOL useful: Create Your Own Leveled Readers.
The Juice offers daily news articles at four different levels. You have to pay for it, though it’s not astronomical.
This is a good list-I’d add that Scholastic Action (needs purchasing) is a hit with Middle & High #ELs newcomer to advanced. It includes different lexile versions. With engaging graphics, digital supplements, & access to past issues and it’s easy to build high interest units.
— Holly Sawyer (@HollySawyerESL) October 31, 2021
VERY GOOD VIDEO ON “TEXT ENGINEERING” TO MAKE IT MORE ACCESSIBLE TO ELLS & EVERYBODY ELSE
What makes writing more readable? is a really interesting interactive from The Pudding. It illustrates – graphically – how to write in a more accessible way.
News2You provides weekly news articles in four different levels. It costs about $240 annually.
ChatGPT Will Make Different Lexile Level Versions Of The Same Text
Welma simplifies sentences and paragraphs through the use of AI.
I’m adding this list to The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction.
Also, see THE BEST STRATEGIES FOR “ENGINEERING” TEXT SO THAT IT’S MORE ACCESSIBLE TO ELLS.
Please look at http://www.embeddedreading.com for other options and activities with leveled readings.
BeeOasis.com is an extensive reading website that presents big ideas in easy English for learners of English, like TED or Big Think for English learners. The site presents stories in 5 different levels or steps, and many of the stories are told in 2-3 different levels.
I should also mention that although http://www.beeoasis.com is a premium membership site with reading speed tracking, word count tracking, and teacher tools, at any given time 20-30% of the graded stories are free.
You’ll also find some great graded reading materials on our LearnEnglish Teens site http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/skills/reading-skills-practice
Text Compactor http://www.textcompactor.com/
Also have a look at BreakingNewsEnglish.com!
Unfortunately, Newsela is now available with all the bells and whistles for a chunk of dough. Their “Pro” version, although great, is very expensive.
🙁 Sad face…
Tweentribune published by Smithsonian is a wonderful free reading that provides students engaging news articles written in various lexiles like Newsela. New articles are posted each weekday.
simplish.org is a pretty great tool, similar to rewordify but a bit simpler in its execution of the conversion (fewer moving parts, so to speak)
Wanted to drop in and let you know that this was a most helpful post. Learnt a lot. Thank you!