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"
Types of articles in Independent Reading Library
The Library has over 700 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:
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.
With the Actively Learn Prime or Unlimited 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.
Teachers have the ability to limit student access to content in the independent reading catalog by grade level.
Step 1: From the independent reading catalog, click the gear icon
Step 2: Check the box to limit student access in the independent reading catalog and click "save"