Freckle's ELA Library contains nonfiction articles and fiction stories that cover a wide variety of high-interest topics and genres, respectively. Each article/story is available at 3 to 5 reading levels, and contains reading comprehension practice and writing prompts for your students at those levels. Many of the articles go hand in hand with science, social studies, and other topics typically covered in grades 1-8.
All teachers are able to assign 5 articles per month. School Edition users get unlimited access to ELA article assignments.
Follow these steps to assign and ELA article:
(1) Log onto your Teacher Dashboard
(2) Click "ELA" on your left navigation bar. Then, click on "Read articles & stories."
(3) On the right side of the webpage, click "Assign an article."
(4) You will arrive at Freckle's Article/Story library. You can search the library by scrolling up and down, typing in a keyword, or filtering by text type, skill domain, genre or reading level.
- Each article/story focuses on 2 anchor skill domains throughout, and those are listed below the title once your search has completed. The Freckle reading levels in which the articles are available is shown at the bottom of the article display.
(5) Click on the article to preview each leveled text, and the reading comprehension questions and writing prompts that can be presented to students.
-You can switch between reading-level texts with the drop-down on the top left of the page.
(6) When ready, click "Assign" at the top middle of the page. Here you need to make a few selections before the assignment is finalized.
-"Select Assignment Type" -- select the tasks you would like to assign: just reading and questions, reading + vocabulary practice, writing
-"Select Grade Level" and "Select Course" -- Freckle will default to assigning a student's adaptive level, but you may chose a specific level to assign to students. You will also want to choose the class that contains the students to whom you want to make an assignment.
-"Select Students" -- you can select all students or specific students to assign the article. Our system will automatically tell you the adaptive level that best matches each student, and you have another chance to change it if desired.
-- There will be no recommended level for students who have not completed the diagnostic and you cannot assign articles to these students until they have done so.
(7) When all details are selected to match your needs, click "Assign" at the bottom of the page, and the assignment will appear in the students' inbox! You will be directed to the "Assignments Page" and can also preview progress towards completion!
If you would like to change the article you have assigned to a student, you can un-assign if they have not started it! On the assignments page, click on the drop down arrow on the right next to "View Report," and click "Add or remove students". You may then select and unselect students of your choosing, and "Save."
If you do not see this option, it means at least one student has started the assignment, and it will count as one of your 5 allotted assignments for the month.