ReadWorks free curriculum to feature hundreds of high quality articles from top journalists at Narratively

Lauren Williams's picture
Thursday, June 6, 2013

The critical importance of reading and comprehending informational texts is a common thread in all of today’s new, more rigorous learning goals for students. Now K-8 students around the country can build those skills by reading hundreds of engaging, high quality articles written by some of today’s top journalists through a new collaboration between ReadWorks, the free, proven, research-based Common Core-aligned program, and Narratively, a premium platform devoted to original, in-depth and untold stories.

By back-to-school 2013-2014, ReadWorks will feature more than 900 articles developed by the journalists at Narratively, which was named one of TIME magazine’s 50 best web sites of 2013.  The high-end nonfiction and literary articles are written by reporters who have worked for top media organizations, such as “The New York Times,” “New York” magazine, CNN, NPR, MediaStorm, “The New Yorker” and the BBC. Half of the Narratively articles on ReadWorks will align to the recently released Next Generation Science Standards, with the other half representing essential social studies topics, original fiction and original reporting.

"Adding Narratively's superbly written articles to ReadWorks will provide K-8 students with engaging texts that will expand their knowledge while engaging their imaginations, as theybuild reading comprehension skills,” said David Ciulla, executive director, ReadWorks. "This is just the first of many new developments for ReadWorks as we continue to grow and develop a program that we know can help teachers solve the reading comprehension crisis and close the achievement gap.”

“At Narratively, our main goal is to inform and enlighten readers through stories that they might otherwise never come across,” said the site’s Founder, CEO & Editor-in-Chief, Noah Rosenberg, a journalist who writes for “The New York Times” and has worked for “The Wall Street Journal” and “GQ.” “By partnering with an innovative organization like ReadWorks, we have the unique and important opportunity to expand our reach and impact the development of theyoung and the curious through rich, meaningful content.”

More than 300,000 teachers serving six million students in all 50 states around the country are helping students build reading comprehension skills with ReadWorks, a proven research-based, Common Core-aligned program for grades K-6 that improves teacher effectiveness and raises student achievement in reading comprehension. ReadWorks' dynamic curriculum specifically addresses the deficiency in reading comprehension instruction by providing clear and explicit guidance for teachers so that they can effectively develop and hone the reading comprehension skills of their students. ReadWorks complements and supplements core reading programs and is aligned to a number of widely used core reading programs.

For more information or to sign-up for the ReadWorks curriculum, visit www.ReadWorks.org.

About Narratively (http://narrative.ly)

Named one of TIME's "50 Best Websites of 2013," Narratively is a platform devoted to original, in-depth and untold stories about New York and, increasingly, other cities. Narratively slows down the news cycle. Narratively doesn’t care about the breaking news or the next big headline; its writers, editors, photographers, artists, designers and filmmakers are devoted exclusively tosharing a city’s untold stories—the rich, intricate narratives that get at the heart of what a place is all about.

About ReadWorks (http:www.ReadWorks.org)

ReadWorks was founded in 2010 to help teachers meet the nationwide crisis in reading comprehension. The national nonprofit helps teachers improve their effectiveness with a FREE, research-based, and Common Core-aligned reading comprehension curriculum for grades K-6. The ReadWorks curriculum is based on the most highly regarded, proven research on reading instruction. Its dynamic curriculum specifically addresses the deficiency in reading comprehension instruction by providing clear and explicit guidance for teachers so that they can effectively develop and hone the reading comprehension skills of their students.