The new version of Read 180 also includes stretch texts complete with text dependent questions and evidence-based culminating assignments. I think (not sure) those materials are available on line to all Read 180 subscribers.
I've been visiting a school that has all its students engaging in heterogeneous groups doing close reading and full CCSS ELA activities in their ELA/English blocks and then has the students cycle through Read 180 as part of RTI and their support program who need the extra time and attention.
I'll let you know how it progresses! In that case, the school is piloting CodeX (also by Scholastic) which has terrific texts and seems like a really promising program for CCSS implementation.
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The CCSS are meant to integrate Literacy into Science and Social Studies, so with the topics covered in READ 180, you're on the right track. :) Of course - The challenge comes in when we are working with a group of students who are in READ 180 because they are below grade level already and with Common Core, we are expecting them to read on-level text.
READ 180 Next Generation is said to be Common Core aligned, but my district decided not to upgrade, so we are upgrading ourselves.
I am working closely with my READ 180 teachers to select on-lexile, brief, meaningul texts (article, excerpt from a book, etc) to support the content of the READ 180 R-books. For example, in Stage A, there is a unit on Bud, Not Buddy. So, we have found an article, newspaper advertisements, primary sources, and pictures of the Great Depression to support what the students are covering in READ 180. We are integrating these on-lexile pieces into every unit, but keeping the selected texts brief. The students are being challenged, but are not getting so overwhelmed that they shut down from the complexity.....
Hope this helped!
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