Powerful Differentiation Tools

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We know that a vast majority of classrooms include readers and writers at many different levels. Storyworks 3  strives to make sure that all your students get the most out of our challenging content.

Support all your learners with our many differentiation tools—from leveled-texts to audio read-alouds and lots more. Try these resources out in your classroom today.

Leveled Texts

Lower-Lexile versions (now called Easier Level) of the Big Read, the Paired Texts, and the Time Machine are available online. Nonfiction features also includes a 2-page Starter Level that works with the most striving readers. Finally, we often include a version of our stories that appeared in Storyworks magazine for grades 4-6. This is a longer and more complex version of our story and is titled “Storyworks 4-6.”

Audio Read-Alouds

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We offer two audio tools:

  1.  Read-Alouds, in which a Storyworks author or editor reads a story to your students—ideal for modeling fluency and expression. 
  2. Text-to-Speech, which highlights each word on-screen as it is read—helpful for struggling readers and multilingual learners. You’ll find the Text-to-Speech button on the left side of any article.

You can also launch Presentation View to have the words highlighted as they’re read aloud on a projectable version of the story that looks just like it does in your magazines.

Want to learn more about these audio offerings? Click here.

Differentiated Quizzes

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In three of our major features—Big Read, Fiction, and Paired Texts—Storyworks 3 quizzes are available on two levels: an On Level version and a Lower Level one .

Vocabulary Slideshows

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In the vocabulary slideshow, words are pronounced, defined, and accompanied by a photograph or video clip. Each issue comes with at least one vocabulary slideshow. Click here to see an example.

Background Builders

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Available with each nonfiction feature, this slideshow pairs simple bullets with engaging visuals to introduce the background knowledge needed to set up the story and aid in comprehension. Click here to see an example.

Knowledge-Building Videos

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Our collection of thrilling videos will engage your students while building background knowledge, making the text more accessible to readers. Click here to see examples in our video archive.

Video Read-Alouds

Every Big Read, our major narrative nonfiction feature, comes with a video read-aloud that makes the text more accessible and engaging to readers. Your students will hear the article narrated as photos and video footage take them deeper into the story. Click here to see examples in our video archive.

Tips in the Lesson Plans

Every lesson plan has a Differentiate and Customize section, with ideas for enriching learning for striving readers, advanced readers, and multilingual learners.

Extensions and Enrichment

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Our curated collection of resources in our Can’t Miss Teaching Extras—including videos, websites, and book recommendations—are teacher favorites for enrichment and extensions. You’ll find these at the bottom of the Resources tab for each article. Click here for an example.