Powerful Differentiation Tools

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We know that the vast majority of classrooms include readers and writers at many different levels. That's why Storyworks offers many differentiation tools—from leveled-texts to audio read-alouds and lots more. Try these resources out in your classroom today:

1. Leveled Texts

Lower-Lexile versions of the mini readnarrative nonfictionpaired texts, and debate are available online. You can also print PDFs of lower-level articles, which look exactly like the on-level magazine, to share with your students.

2. Audio Read-Alouds

We offer three 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. Immersive Read-Alouds, in which the narration is accompanied by music and sound effects—perfect for boosting engagement and reading comprehension;
  3. Text-to-Speech, which highlights each word on-screen as it is read—helpful for struggling readers and multilingual learners.

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

3. Differentiated Skill-Building Activities and Quizzes

Many of our Skill Builders come on two levels: one with more scaffolding and one with less. Quizzes on all major features are also available on two levels. Plus, we have questions formulated just for multilingual learners.

Click here to see an example of all the Skill Builders available for a nonfiction feature. 

4. Vocabulary Slideshows

In our vocabulary slideshows, words are pronounced, defined, and accompanied by a photograph or video clip to build vocabulary and model fluency. Each issue comes with at least two vocabulary slideshows. Click here to see an example of a vocabulary slideshow. 

5. Learning Journey Slide Decks on Two Levels

These ready-to-use slide decks guide students through reading the articles, watching videos, and answering close-reading and critical-thinking questions. Better yet, they’re available on two levels! You can use them as a presentation tool during class or assign them to students for independent or remote work. Learn more about sharing our Learning Journey Slide Decks here.

6. Tips in the Teacher’s Guide

Most lesson plans have a Differentiate and Customize section, with ideas for enriching learning for striving, advanced, and multilingual learners. Want to learn more about lesson plans? Click here.

7. Extensions and Enrichment

Our curated collection of resources in our Can’t Miss Teaching Extras—including videos, websites, and book recommendations—are teacher faves for enrichment and extensions. Click here to see an example of some dazzling Can't Miss Teaching Extras from a recent article.