Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to our most frequently asked questions. If you need further help, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected]. Happy teaching!
- General Information
- Standards Alignment
- Account Password
- Technical Issues
General Information [back to top]
Q: What is ReadWorks?
A: ReadWorks is a leading national non-profit organization that provides FREE, research-based, and Common Core-aligned reading comprehension curriculum for grades K-8. The ReadWorks curriculum is based on the most highly regarded, proven research on reading instruction. Our 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.
John Merrow, the Education Correspondent for PBSNewshour, said it best: “ReadWorks serves a need. We have a reading crisis in this country, and some of that stems from the harsh truth that many elementary school teachers aren't well equipped to teach reading. Rather than curse that darkness, ReadWorks offers help -- tons of it. I urge you to share this website with every teacher you know. It's free.”
Q: Is ReadWorks really free?
A: Yes! In support of our non-profit mission, ReadWorks is FREE, to be shared broadly and freely. Please share our site with your colleagues, principals and friends.
You can also make a financial contribution to ReadWorks. Any amount is valued. Click here to donate. Thank you in advance for your support.
Q: How can I register for my FREE, unlimited ReadWorks account?
A: Creating a FREE ReadWorks account is easy. You can go straight to our registration page.
Standards Alignment [back to top]
Q: Is ReadWorks aligned to the Common Core and all state standards?
A: Yes. ReadWorks is also aligned to top core reading programs. Each lesson page lists the standards that a specific lesson aligns to under the “Standards Alignment” tab. You can also edit your profile page to automatically show the standards alignment for your state and grade.
Q: Where can I find the 7th and 8th grade standards alignment?
A: We are in the process of incorporating the new 7th and 8th grade reading passages and question sets into the standards alignment tool.
Curriculum [back to top]
Q: Do you offer curriculum or texts in Spanish?
A: At this time, there are no immediate plans to translate our curriculum or texts into Spanish.
It is important to share that the research-based instructional practices reflected in ReadWorks, such as explicit instruction and the gradual release of responsibility, are best practices for teaching English Language Learners. It is also especially important for ELLs to expand their base of general background knowledge through the non-fiction reading passages and articles.
Q: In what sequence should I teach the ReadWorks lessons?
A: Although there is no definitive order (it depends somewhat on the reading levels of your students and on the rest of your ELA program), here is a general recommendation. For early grades start with literary text.
Q: Where do I find the answer keys?
A: Answer keys for reading passages: The answer key always immediately follows the questions, in the same document. In most cases, the questions and answer keys for a passage can be found at the end of the same document as the passage itself (the last couple of pages).
Otherwise, in cases where the questions are in a separate document from the passage, the answer key will be a part of the document with the question, appearing at the end of the document.
Q: Where can I find a list of all the accompanying books used in the ReadWorks lessons?
A: The most concise list of all the books, by grade, featured in ReadWorks lessons can be found here.
Q: What do I do if a book is out of print or extremely expensive?
A: We provide an alternate book list. We suggest modifying the original lesson to use one of these alternate books.
You can find the alternate book list at the unit page level. For instance, if you go to the unit page for 2nd grade main idea found here, you will see a section called "More Books for Teaching Main Idea."
Importantly, before next school year, we will be replacing all lessons based on unavailable or extremely expensive books.
Reading Passages and Question Sets
Q: How should I incorporate the passages ReadWorks offers?
A: ReadWorks provides over 1,700 non-fiction and literary passages for grades K-8. All of these passages are built as a stand-alone curricular piece by a research-based model that reinforces essential skills and strategies, establishes scaffolding for vocabulary learning, and maximizes implementation flexibility as both a read-aloud exercise and an individual practice tool. You can search for these passages by using our grade, skill/strategy, and keyword filters here.
Q: Some question sets and other materials have abbreviations next to the answers. What do they mean?
A: Each abbreviation represents a reading comprehension skill that a particular question is targeting. The list of all of the skills and their corresponding abbreviations can be found by clicking here.
Grade Levels Served
Q: For what grade levels do you provide content?
A: We provide reading comprehension curriculum and guidance for grades K-8, including:
- Informational and literary passages and question sets for grades K-8
- Skill and Strategy lesson units for grades K-4
- Comprehension (close reading) units for grades K-5
- Novel study units for grades 5-6
Q: Do you have any content for grades 9-12?
A: Although we don’t have book units for high school, there are appropriate non-fiction and literary reading passages and question sets for middle and high school students.
Lexile and Reading Levels
Q: Where can I find the Lexile to grade level bands?
A: For more information about Lexile levels and their correlation to grade level bands, please visit the Lexile website by clicking here.
Q: How do the Lexile levels correlate with Fountas & Pinnell?
A: We are unfortunately unable to provide the Fountas & Pinnell levels for the reading passages, as Fountas & Pinnell does not currently accept texts for measurement.
That being said, we have listed the Fountas & Pinnell reading level of the corresponding books for the lessons where available. If a Fountas & Pinnell level is not listed, this means that Fountas & Pinnell currently does not provide the level for that particular text.
Account Password [back to top]
Q: How can I reset my ReadWorks password?
A: You can reset your password by clicking the “Forgot your password?” link at the bottom of the Sign In page. You can also go straight to the Password Recovery Page.
Just submit your username or email address, and you will receive an email that will let you access your account and reset your password.
If you do not receive the email within two minutes, please check your spam folder, and be sure to add [email protected] as a contact.
Q: Why didn't I receive the email to reset my password?
A: If you are using your personal email, be sure to check your Spam/Junk folder. If you are using your school email, it is possible your district filters are blocking the email from getting through. Contact us for help resetting your password, and contact your district IT staff to ensure that they white-list all email sent by readworks.org.
Technical Issues [back to top]
Q: I am having trouble logging into my ReadWorks account. What is the issue?
A: This can vary. Your password may be correct but you have entered an incorrect username that differs from the one you originally created when you first registered. You may have also just entered the wrong password, which you can reset by clicking here. If you are unsure, feel free to contact us at [email protected] so that we can help determine the issue.
Q: I am having trouble printing materials on the site. What is the issue?
Q: I have signed in but am unable to access the materials. What is the problem?
A: The most common problem is that there may be a firewall or another kind of anti-virus/security software installed on the computer you are using. Please be sure to white-list www.readworks.org in your anti-virus software settings. If you still have trouble, try using a different internet browser.
Copyright/Licensing [back to top]
Q: Can I obtain permission to incorporate ReadWorks on our school intranet or another platform?
A: Please contact [email protected] with the details of your request and someone will get back to you shortly.
Q: Can I make photocopies of ReadWorks' materials?