The Reading & Writing Project is a collaborative project that provides teachers with tools designed to help students become skilled readers, writers, and thinkers. It is headed by Lucy Calkins, a respected reading researcher and author.
As part of the Reading & Writing Project, Teachers College at Columbia University created a bank of ELA performance task questions for the State of New York. A large bank of questions is available by grade level and most of the tasks include digital videos, photographs, informational text, paired text, and rubrics. This is a great resource for high-quality digital text!
Performance tasks on this site are also perfect for first and second grade teachers looking to introduce these skills to students for the first time. Sample performance task items are currently available for K-8.
To access the performance tasks click on – RESOURCES – ASSESSMENTS – PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENTS. Then choose a school year and grade.
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Need leveled informational text sources? Try these four sites for free reading materials for students K-12!
Newsela: (Must create a free account to view resources.) Change Lexile range of each article using the toolbar on the right hand side of the screen.
- Olympic Ice Princess — Leveled News Articles
- Sochi’s Slopestyle Course — Leveled News Articles
- Attendance at Olympic Games — Leveled News Articles
Library of Congress:
Discovery Education: (Must sign-in to view resources.)