Sites about news, typing and reading levels, that might be of interest.
With rewordify, students can simplify text http://rewordify.com Kids can paste their text snippets of choice in and read a book that way, simplifying it for themselves. An example is below where I copied in a bit from Romeo and Juliette (though http://nfs.sparknotes.com/ – No Fear Shakespeare – is best for making Shakespeare easy). Also the last site in the dot points has reading skills practice that might be of interest.
To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether it is higher-quality in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of terrible and shocking fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposite (or fighting against) end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-pain and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is going to eventually get, it is a perfection/completion
Completely to be wished. To die, to sleep ;
Sites with different reading levels
- Breaking News English http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com
- News in Levels http://www.newsinlevels.com/
- Newsela some content free, but some not https://newsela.com
- Smithsonian have Tween Tribune where news type articles are in different levels http://tweentribune.com
- British Council site http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/skills/reading-skills-practice
Also, came across this site with free audiobooks http://esl-bits.net/ESL.English.Learning including Holes http://esl-bits.net/ESL.English.Learning.Audiobooks/Hoyos/01/default.html You can listen at fast or slow speed and it has the text as well.
Also, if wanting typing practice, there are links at my other blog for student self-paced typing. I have used typing.com with Year 7 and 8s and it is great and it was free when I used it. Teachers can set up a class and see each student’s progress and there are tests and games along the way https://ahsmakerspace.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/typing-programs/