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Awesome Stories
Awesome Stores is a free website with compelling stories including related primary-source evidence in the form of videos, audio clips, documents and images.

Access thousands of free e-books, poems, articles, short stories, and plays. The site includes a large reference and nonfiction section as well as several detailed study guides for texts of classic literature, drama, and poetry.

This website is a source for current events, news and non-fictional content for ELA, Science and Social Studies. With thousands of news articles and new original content added daily, we are the leading online source of current events for students, teachers and schools.

Epic! provides an unlimited selection of eBooks that can be instantly discovered, read and shared with friends. Personalized for each individual reader, Epic! is the only place to access thousands of high quality, curated children's books without the need to purchase or download them one by one. Beautifully designed for mobile and featuring fun, game-like elements, Epic! provides kids with a personal library they can take anywhere. In a world of unlimited screen time, Epic! is a smart alternative to games and videos. Epic! is available on all iOS and Android devices.

Goodreads is a free website for book lovers! GoodReads’ large library allows users to see other users’ bookshelves, reviews, and ratings. Users post can post their own reviews and catalog what they have read, what they are currently reading, and what they plan to read in the future.

International Children’s Digital Library
International Children's Digital Library offers students access to free high-quality digital books from around the world. Browse by age, genre, book length, character types, language, geographic regions and much more.

Jim Burke's The Digital Textbook
This site is an alternative to traditional printed textbooks and provides context for weekly reading and writing instruction that develops students "textual intelligence" by showing them how to read or write about images, websites, infographics, mixed media texts, and more!

Kelly Gallagher’s Article of the Week
Visit this site to access weekly informational articles to read aloud to your students to build content knowledge.

Previously Shelfie, Kobo is one of the world’s most innovative eReading services offering more than 5 million eBooks to millions of customers in 190 countries. Browse their free e-Books by genre! Top Free e-Books are updated weekly!

Letters of Note
Letters of Note gathers letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos from both famous and unknown people from various time periods. Each “letter” includes photographs of the original text and its translation.

National Geographic
Find age-appropriate books, articles, encyclopedic entries, and interviews that meet the text complexity demands by grade level. Many of the texts include rich multimedia supports such as photo galleries and vocabulary definitions.

NCWiseOwl provides schools across North Carolina with access to articles from thousands of magazines, encyclopedias, and reference sources. Using NCWiseOwl for online research places students in a safe, advertising-free environment with age-appropriate information and tools to assist students with the research process. Please contact your library administrator or media coordinator to obtain the Library Password.

Access hundreds of news articles, quizzes, and text sets by lexile. New articles are added daily.

Oxford Owl is an award-winning website to help support children’s learning, both at home and at school. Find effective support for school improvement, eBooks, and inspiring teaching resources.

Poetry 180
Former Poet Laureate of the United States selected 180 poems, one for each school day, with high school students in mind.

Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg is a free digital library offering over 53,000 ebooks, newsletters, and articles.

Read Works “Article a Day”
ReadWorks provides teachers with an "Article a Day" at a range of reading levels. All articles for the week are related by topic.

Read Works Paired Texts

ReadWorks is a site that contains high-quality curated nonfiction and literary articles. Also included are reading comprehension and vocabulary lessons, formative assessments, and teacher guidance. These paired texts include text-dependent questions.

Storyline Online is an online resource containing books that include supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.

Story Shares
Story Shares exists to bring more age-appropriate, accessible stories to reluctant readers.

Tween Tribune
Tween Tribune provides daily news articles. This website is filled with great resources, such as lesson plans filtered by topic, grade level and standards; Smithsonian resources; and news stories about issues that impact educators. There are also Daily AP news articles that are Lexile® leveled for K-12 and include self-scoring quizzes customized by Lexile® level, critical thinking questions, and student commenting. There are weekly lesson plans, weekly videos, and weekend "Monday Morning Ready" newsletters as prep for the week ahead. Teachers can sort by topic, grade level, and standards. Articles are available in both English and Spanish.

This site poses an interesting question each day and explores it in a variety of ways. The “Wonder Ground” is a section created specifically for educators and includes lesson plans, and classroom resources that correlate to education standards.

Unite for Literacy provides free digital access to picture books, narrated in many languages. The early literacy titles are all original — books carefully crafted to connect with young children and their families; have narrated audio support with an initial goal of supporting the 300 languages that are spoken in U.S. homes; offer photographs and illustrations to authentically depict a child’s-eye view of the real world; and are structured to reflect the most current research on the specific features that impact success for beginning readers of all ages.