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Learnzillion has free, high-quality lesson plans available on close reading informational and literary text, as well as comprehensive lessons on writing for grades 2-12.  You will need to register for a free account in order to access their resources.

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Everything LearnZillion produces is standards-based and models good teaching practice.


Newsela has current news articles that can be adapted to 5 different reading levels.  Each article has an assessment at the end.  Articles also come in text sets with common topics or content areas.  Articles can be searched by grade level, standard, and language.

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