Reading Groups (Differentiated Article Complexity)

Which learning experiences have reading groups, how to set them, and what students will see based on their defined group

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Written by Itamar Tabenkin
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Certain curriculum programs contain differentiated reading passages. You can tell which learning experiences have these articles in them because they have a blue "Reading Groups" badge in the lower right-hand corner.

  • Reading Group A: simpler text

  • Reading Group B: more complex text.

With respect to Exploros curriculum programs like the Social Studie Bundle, Group B receives full articles, and Group A receives short summaries that are easier to read, with link access to the full article. The article summaries are all hosted on the Exploros site, which makes them readily available regardless of district whitelisting for websites. For ELL students, the summaries are also easy to translate to other languages or have read aloud, using browser text to speech and Google translate features.

Setting Each Student's Reading Group

When assigning a learning experience that contains reading groups, you will have an opportunity to define the Group on a per-student basis in Step 2 of the assigning process. Next to each student's name, click either the red "A" button or the orange "B" button to set the group. Then complete the assigning process. Exploros will remember the setting on a per-student basis going forward, but you can always change the setting during Step 2 of the assignment process.

NOTE: This view is not available when assigning from the All Classes view. To set Small Groups and Reading Groups, you need to assign from within a particular class.

Student View

Within the learning experience, students marked A will see one version of an article, and students marked B will see the other. In the student view, there is no indication of A or B โ€“ that is only for the teacher to see.

Teacher View

In the Teacher View of the learning experience, both articles are visible. In cases where two levels are articles are present, you will see two links, like this:

where the top link is Group A and the bottom link is Group B.

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