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Independent Reading

Our mission is to make reading meaningful for every student. To help with this, students have access to an Independent Reading library where they can select from a curated set of articles from sources such as DOGONews, The NYTimes Learning Network, and others. The free plan of Actively Learn gives access to hundreds of texts, while the paid version of Actively Learn offers thousands.

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Accessing Independent Reading

On the navigation menu students can select "Independent reading"

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Types of articles in Independent Reading Library

The Library has over 3,000 curated high interest articles that students can choose from. We've scoured the web to find the most relevant and thoughtful content across multiple genres from sources that students love: The NYTimes Learning Network, DOGONews, Wonderopolis, and more. Once a student finds and selects an article, they will be redirected to that webpage in a new tab:

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Reviewing and Recommending Articles

When a student finishes any article from the Independent Reading Library, they are encouraged to report how much time they spent, review the text, and also share it with their peers.


Adding Content

With the Actively Learn School Plan, you can add any internet article to your school's Independent Reading Library for your students to discover. Content added to the Independent Reading catalog is only visible by students rostered at that school. 

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View What Students Are Reading [Team Plan and Up]

Every text a student completes and records gets stored in the student's Reading Log. This can be viewed by the teacher as well as students. Teachers will need to view reading logs in student mode. 

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