As a reading educator, I’m recommending that schools get on-board with the “Read-an-Article-a-Day” initiative led by the nonprofit Readworks.org
Reading a newspaper or magazine article a day at school addresses several of the reasons why many children and adolescents aren’t reading well.
Articles can be found on most topics, which makes article reading possible in any subject area. Here are additional times of the day:
There’s absolutely no reason to purchase expensive programs to get great articles. There are many government agencies and nonprofit organizations that provide child-friendly articles. But locating all of these articles can be time-consuming. I suggest that schools begin with several sites that provide high-quality articles for free. Here are some of those sites:
Readworks.org offers around 2,000 articles (with new articles added frequently) that range from Grades K through 12 and with Lexile levels 0 to 2200. The articles are tagged by content and comprehension strategies and have accompanying comprehension and vocabulary activities
Commonlit.org is a relatively new site. As of mid-January 2016, there are 16 themes, each with a set of 3-4 articles for 4 grade levels (5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12).
TextProject has three types of articles aimed at students in grades 2 through middle school: FYI for Kids: approximately 90 informational articles; Talking Points for Kids: sets of articles on 10 topics (e.g., Heavy Backpacks); and SummerReads: sets of several articles on 21 topics (e.g., Bikes and Boards). There’s also a program aimed at K-2 students called BeginningReads, with 12 short articles at each of 10 levels.
Learn more about the "Read-an-Article-a-Day" initiative, sponsored by readworks.org: https://sway.com/4rD69cs24IHvkKDo