Supporting Multilingual Learners

Storyworks provides a rich array of tools to support the multilingual learners in your classroom. These include:

Articles available in lower-Lexile versions. Our nonfiction, paired texts, and debates are available in easier-to-read versions at Storyworks Digital. Students can toggle to the simpler text onscreen or you can print these versions for students.

Audio versions of articles to support comprehension. These are read aloud by the writers and editors of Storyworks, modeling fluency and expression – and providing a pleasurable listening experience! Available for on-level and lower-Lexile versions.

Text-to-speech for every feature in the magazine. As a computerized voice reads, each word is highlighted on the screen for readers to follow along.

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

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Vocabulary slideshows with visual support and audio pronunciation. These bring new words to life for multilingual learners, helping them understand with pictures and videos. Click here for an example of a vocabulary slideshow in a recent fetaure. 

Questions crafted especially for multilingual learners, available online. (Click here for an example.) These include yes/no, either/or, and simple, short-answer questions, to match questions to the right level of learner. 

Differentiation ideas for multilingual learners in our lesson plans. Every lesson includes a helpful tip in the Differentiate and Customize section. These typically focus on unlocking vocabulary, grammar, sentence structures, or background knowledge that will help multilingual learners access the text.

Want to learn more about using our lesson plans? Click here.

Behind-the-Scenes videos to build background knowledge. Many of our nonfiction features are accompanied by knowledge-building videos, giving students the background information they need to know to understand the article. Click here for an engaging example.