3 Websites Where You Can Find Complex Informational Texts

As many teachers shift to the Common Core Standards, they are attempting to incorporate more complex texts and more informational/nonfiction texts into their curriculum. If you are asking yourself, “What is a complex text for my students?” check out this blog post I wrote explaining text complexity.

Many teachers are discovering that there are a range of websites that offer informational texts available at various Lexile levels. Three of my favorites are:

1. The Smithsonian Tween Tribune

The Smithsonian Tween Tribune is a free resource for teachers and students. It has a huge collection of articles written at various Lexile levels. The articles also come with a quiz to assess comprehension and students can post a comment about what they read.

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2. Newsela

Newsela has a growing collection of articles on a range of topics, including the most current events. It’s free to access and read the articles at any Lexile level; however, teachers who want to annotate articles or track student progress need to pay for the Pro version.

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3. CommonLit

CommonLit organizes the content on its site by theme. Teachers search for a theme related to what they are teaching (e.g. fear, resilience, love or greed). Once they’ve selected a theme, they can view the texts that have been paired with that theme at a range of reading levels from elementary into high school. The texts include everything from famous speeches, historical documents, news articles to poems and stories.

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If you have additional online resources you use to find complex informational texts, please post a comment and share them!

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  4. Elaine says:

    At Texthelp, we created a list of great online content for students. We have a free guide for teachers to download here: https://docs.google.com/a/texthelp.com/forms/d/1l5rcI6CmgEQrbAjrFT3NAIBpMsBkzzDwuVJSEpYC0Kk/viewform?c=0&w=1 (hint: one is Newsela, but the rest are all unique from this post!)

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