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"To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark." —Victor Hugo

The resources on these pages rely on research-based principles of reading instruction and suggest practical ways to apply research findings to adult learning settings. These valuable websites for educators include:

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This site provides a free collection of fiction and nonfiction, ranging from 3rd to 12th grade reading levels and aligned to the Common Core State Standards. With free accounts, teachers can assign passages to multiple students in their digital classrooms, and students can highlight and annotate the passages they read.

Making Sense of Decoding and Spelling: An Adult Reading Course of Study
This evidence-based course of study is designed to teach adult learners to decode and spell words more accurately and fluently. It includes a teachers’ and administrators’ guide, thirty complete lesson plans, and a learner activity book.

This website offers numerous resources, including lesson plans and interactive online tools, for engaging literacy and English language arts instruction.

Read Theory
This adaptive website adjusts the reading level of the passages it provides based on how students score as they answer quizzes and accumulate knowledge points. Multiple choice questions focus on reading comprehension, including making inferences and even identifying logical fallacies. Teacher and student accounts are free.

Marshall Reading Skills for Today's Adults
Designed to aid in building readers' fluency and comprehension skills, this site provides leveled reading selections and research to help adult learners become better readers and more informed consumers, parents, employees, citizens, and community members.

Daily news stories with adjustable reading levels prompt learners to "read closely, think critically, and be worldly." Click the magnifying glass in the top menu bar and search by Reading Standard 8 to find paired pro/con articles.

This site offers leveled nonfiction and literary passages that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and the standards of all 50 states. Find research-based units, lessons, and question sets.

Awesome Stories
This site collects a variety of stories, most connected to primary source reading passages or images. Subjects include American and world history, famous trials, and subjects of current movies.

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