Introducing CommonLit 360: Free Curriculum for English Language Arts

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CommonLit and ReadWorks are two of my go-to resources for teachers who are looking for digital reading materials for their classrooms. Both are completely free to use and both are designed to help elevate reading skills in students of all ages. Recently, CommonLit got even more compelling when it launched CommonLit 360, a comprehensive and free curriculum for secondary English Language Arts​​​​​ teachers. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s what you are missing out on.

What’s Included With CommonLit 360?

The new CommonLit 360 curriculum includes six units per grade, for grades 6-10. Each unit covers a wide spectrum of ELA skills that includes reading, writing, discussion, vocabulary, and grammar. The texts are carefully curated to include high-interest literature and timely themes that kids love to read about.

There are scaffolded lessons, supplemental texts, Spanish language texts, and optional materials for differentiation. What’s more, if you have used CommonLit before, you will not be surprised to know that it is incredibly easy to use. The lessons can all be assigned through the existing CommonLit platform where you can take advantage of grading and feedback tools, as well as Clever and Google Classroom integration.

There is also a scope and sequence for each grade level, (see an example here), as well as a unit guide to keep you on track, (see an example here). Each unit includes focus skills that are aligned to Common Core ELA standards. You can see those on the scope and sequence document and on the unit guides.

Getting Started with CommonLit 360 (Webinar)

How Can I Access the 360 Curriculum?

The new 360 Curriculum is available for free to anyone with a CommonLit teacher account. Simply login at commonlit.org, tap Browse Content, and select the 360 Curriculum from the drop-down menu. CommonLit have weekly webinars to help you get orientated with the new units, and are already working on version 2.0. You can give your feedback on the current version here.

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