JHHS Literacy Initiative
John Handley High School recognizes the importance of reading and writing in every content area. We believe that every student should read and write in every class, every day. Our hope is that teachers will use the resources on this page to plan instruction that will empower students to read, write, listen, and speak the language of their discipline.
Leveled Reading Systems Explained
For anyone trying to figure out what "leveled reading" means--or Lexiles, grade level equivalents, readability...
Reading Level Filtering in Google
Lexile/Grade Level Conversion Chart
Test your document's readability
Directions for how to test a document's readability
level in Microsoft Word
Content and Lexile Levels in Gale Resources
Convert your document into plain text and analyze the Lexile level of your writing
Accessible Materials for Special Education & Students on a 504 Plan (Including Popular Audio Books):
Read Out Loud
Finding the Right Book for YOU!
Scholastic Book Wizard
Find the reading level and lexile level of books
The Solution to Reading Comprehension
Free resource for reading passages searchable
by grade level, lexile, content area, text type
Newsela is an innovative way to
build reading comprehension
with nonfiction that's always
relevant: daily news. It's easy
Smithsonian Tween Tribune is a free online educational service offered by the Smithsonian for use by K-12 grade teachers and students. TTribune consists of daily news sites for kids, tweens, and teens, and includes text, photos, graphics, and audio and/or video materials prepared by the Smithsonian and others about current events, history, art, culture and science.
Reading Skills for Today's Adults
Leveled texts with or without voice support, designed for mature readers; continuously updated
News in Levels
"We prepare short news articles every working day. Everybody can use them. All students can use them. All teachers can use them. We believe that these articles will help you have better English and understand more."
COMMONLIT is a collection of poems, short stories, news articles, historical documents, and literature for classrooms.
Newspaper Association of America Foundation
The Foundation provides resources and training to newspapers and educators on using newspapers in schools; helps newspapers develop strategic plans for promoting and marketing their NIE services; and represents newspapers with a broad variety of educational partners. NAA Foundation has also compiled a list of NIE sites from across the country and around the world.
Vocabulary Instruction for Secondary Schools
Teacher Module; discipline-specific, fast and easy to flip through! Tools at your fingertips.
TEXT SETS on NEWSELA!
Something for almost every discipline, pulled by theme.
Actively Learn allows teachers to embed notes, questions, videos directly into text to encourage thinking, writing, and collaborating as students read. It also can measure students' effort and see where comprehension breaks down.
Teaching Channel is a video showcase—on the Internet and TV—of inspiring and effective teaching practices in America's schools. We have a rapidly growing community of registered members who trade ideas and share inspiration from each other.
The Learning Network provides teaching and learning materials and ideas based on New York Times content.
Teachers can use or adapt these lessons across subject areas and levels or contribute their own ideas.
Students can respond to their Opinion questions, take their News Quizzes, learn the Word of the Day, try their Test Yourself questions, enter contests, do crosswords, learn about what happened on this day in history, answer 6 Q's About the News,speculate on “What's Going On in This Picture?” or read Poetry Pairings.
Literacy in Learning Exchange
A Resource…A Collaboration…A Coalition…A Movement to Transform Literacy Education in America
Reading Quest strategies for teachers; can be used in any content area!
Printable Word Wall/Flash Card
Maker Free and easy!
Word Wall Activities for High School
More Word Wall Activities for High School (A document to download)
"Achieve the Core" Academic Word Finder
Paste in any text and it will analyze it, show you tier 2 vocabulary, and pull words that are above grade level, at grade level, and below grade level for preteaching.