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Providing text for a variety of lexile (reading) levels

Reading Resources for all levels

Trying to reach multiple reading levels within one class can be very challenging. There are resources that allow you to select text, in the content of your choice, based on the lexile or reading levels within your classroom. Check out my short video introducing some of these very cool resources (Newsela and the databases)!
Searching for text with reading level in mind

Web 2.0 Tools

Newsela makes it easy for an entire class to read the same content but at a level that's just right for every student. Find one article that you like and Newsela has up to 5 different levels of that same article. Great for close reading, building background knowledge, providing scaffolding and differentiated instruction and support.


Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. Many of the passages also have related reading strategy identified. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along or as supplemental reading material for your classroom. Some examples of what's available: Poems by Po Frankenstein, Call of the Wild, Romeo and Juliet, historical American documents and fables. Thanks for sharing Bianca!


ReadWorks provides over 1,800 K-8 non-fiction and literary reading passages, each with a research based question set to support student comprehension. You can also search by subject and lexile level. Thanks for sharing LeRay!

HCPSS Middle School Databases

Our Middle School databases can be used for free in school or at home. They can be accessed from the Media Center webpage in school or using our new e-reader platform MackinVia from home (all you need is your active directory login and password). Some of the benefits of these databases are: you can download and listen to many of the articles, many articles can be translated AND you can filter your search by lexile levels. The databases also cover a wide variety of content like the History reference Center and Science in Context.

Narrow search results in Google by reading levels

Did you know that you can filter your Google search results by reading level? Watch the video to learn more about the reading level tool!
Google Search - Reading level

Some food for thought

Use these resources for:

  • Jigsaw activity and provide the different levels with appropriate level text. Then everybody gets to be an expert!
  • Homework, re-teaching or supplemental support resources for students
  • Utilize multiple forms of one text (audio, print, online, different language) to promote UDL
  • Allow students to select the best resources based on their own learning style

Want to know more about Lexile levels?

Check out these resources if you need more detailed information about Lexile scores and what they mean.
  • The Lexile Framework for Reading- from the Lexile website, you can not only search for books in a certain lexile range, but you can learn more about what lexile scores are and how they are determined. In the "About Lexile Measures" section you can find a infographic, and video that could be used with staff, students and parents to explain lexile levels.
  • In Howard County, one way that Lexile levels are assessed are through the Common Core MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) assessment that happens at least twice a year for all middle schools students. Learn more about the Common Core MAP- look for quick facts and a video about how you can use MAP results to drive instruction in your class.