The website has gained viral traction in the edtech market over the past year, its user base increasing 85 times. In October 2016, CommonLit was featured in TechCrunch for winning a $3.9 million grant for Innovative Approaches to Literacy.
“With this exciting new feature, we provide teachers with a range of both informational and literary texts” says Koyé Oyedeji, Senior Curriculum Writer at CommonLit. “It’s where new ways of thinking about a novel can be fully explored through cross-textual analysis.”
With a free account, teachers get access to this new feature and CommonLit’s entire library of instructional materials. The reading passages can be assigned digitally through the platform.
CommonLit data reports help teachers personalize instruction to meet the unique needs of students in grades 5-12. Schools with limited technology can download a printable version of the reading passages and the corresponding question sets.
“As a literacy platform, this is the next step in helping teachers plan out their lessons and units strategically” says Sarah Mielbye, Chief Product Officer at CommonLit. “We know that the most effective reading classrooms engage students with full-length books during the year, and we want to make that best practice easier for teachers.”
CommonLit launched “Browse by Book” with 50 titles. The organization plans to expand this number in the coming year. Some popular titles currently available include:
- Animal Farm
- The Crucible
- The Giver
- The Great Gatsby
- In the Time of the Butterflies
- The Joy Luck Club
- Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
- Things Fall Apart
Book pairings are available to educators and parents through a free account at www.commonlit.org.