Reading Resources
Step 1: Identify the standards that are going to be covered

The Pacing Guides will provide you with direction as to what standards are to be covered for a given time frame.  Modified Curriculum teachers will need to make their instructional judgement decisions as to which Access Point Standards will be focused on for the given time frame. We suggest reviewing the "Quarter at a Glance" document if you have multiple grade levels. 

Access Point Pacing Guides:

The Access Course Pacing Guides are found below and are also found in the Access Course Team Rooms. 

There are resources embedded into the Pacing Guides that you may want to preview. Click on the Curriculum Resources tab on your Employee Portal to explore.

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Step 2: Crosswalk to your Access Points to Plan for Instruction. 

Element Cards provide you with resources and instructional strategies. 

Step 3: Use all available resources to plan for standards-based instruction. 

Teachers in grades 6-12 may refer to this document for the course to textbook crosswalk. 

Additional Resources That We LOVE:

The ACCESS Project

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The ACCESS Project has developed scripted ELA lessons based on the Florida Standards Access Points and they are HERE for your review. Look under the "LASSIS" tab that you see just under the ELA tab. Hover with your mouse over ELA Resources and it will appear. There are WORKSHEETS and ASSESSMENTS here. Visit!

Tarheel Reader

This website provides you with access to hundreds of short stories that you can use in your classroom to teach the Access Point Standards. It is important that you REGISTER so that you can gain access to the full collection of stories. Directions to register on Tarheel Reader are as follows:

  1. Go to

  2. Click on the icon located at the top left corner of the page

  3. Click on "Login"

  4. Click on "Register"

  5. Enter your demographic information

  6. Enter the registration code: Literacy! (case sensitive)


Once you have created your account, you may search for books by clicking on the icon located at the top left corner. To search for any book, click on "FIND A BOOK." To search for collections and short stories, click on "COLLECTIONS".


Locate adapted works of literature and lessons to use in your classroom HERE! LOTS to select from including popular novels such as "The Great Gatsby" or "A Christmas Carol". Check it out!

Florida Center for Reading Research

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The Florida Center for Reading Research has excellent activities and resources 
that may be used in your classroom. Once you go to the website, click on RESOURCES. From there, click on STUDENT CENTER ACTIVITIES.


You will love Newsela!

  • Newsela offers you a wide variety of high interest articles that are short in length. Teachers can create a FREE account to access resources on this site by using their dadeschools email account when creating the account.

  • Articles are written a varying Lexile levels and teachers have the option to filter the selection of articles to meet their needs. This would work nicely as a supplement to instruction in Science,Social Studies, and Reading. Click HERE to go to the Newsela website.


Here is a preview of an article on Newsela. As you can see you can do a search for a topic of your choice and within that search, you can refine further to your audience and the skill or topic you are working on.


Create your FREE teacher account by doing the following:

  1. Visit

  2. Click "Sign In" located at top right hand corner of page.

  3. Click on "I'm an Educator."

  4. Respond to prompts.

  5. Use your dadeschools email to create your free teacher account.


Have you tried Tumblebooks yet?

Here are the directions to get you started! 

  1. Sign in to your employee portal

  2. Click on "Resources" (located right next to Apps/Services/Sites)

  3. Scroll down and click on "Virtual Library"

  4. Click on Elementary

  5. Click on Tumblebooks

Learning Ally


Students with Disabilities or students who are reading below grade level at Miami-Dade County Public Schools have an opportunity to access a free account on Learning Ally. They have an extensive library of audiobooks that students may access via their laptop, mobile device, or desktop. Click HERE to learn more about Learning Ally. If you would like more information about how to access this resource, please view Weekly Briefing 22592.


Readworks is similar to Newsela. This site offers high interest articles at various complexity levels. This site goes to a lower readability level than Newsela, so if you find that Newsela is not a good match for a student, you may want to work in Readworks as well. Click here to visit the site.

Links Embedded in the Pacing Guides- Don't Disregard These!

Visit the MDCPS Sharepoint to view the Pacing Guide for a given subject area. Each Department includes videos and activities related to the topic being covered that you may be interested in working into your classroom. 

Here's how you can locate the MDCPS Pacing Guides:

  1. Visit the Apps/Services/Sites Page of your Employee Portal

  2. Click on Learning Village

  3. This will take you to the MDCPS Pacing Guide homepage. It looks like this:

 4. Next, click on the school configuration that you have.

 5. You will then see all of the subject areas. Click on your subject area.

6. After you click on the subject area, select your GRADE and then the QUARTER that you want

    view. All of the Pacing Guides will be there for you. 

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Rewordify simplifies text to make it easier to understand. Kids paste text or a web page address into the tool. It then replaces the difficult words in the text or web page with simpler words or definitions. In the tool’s settings, kids can choose their reading level. They can also choose how the simplified text is displayed. Click here to visit.

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Ms. Warner's Learning Community:

This is an excellent website with resources and links to websites for all subjects.  Click here to visit.

Additional Websites:

  • Click HERE to visit the MDCPS ELA/Reading Department's website. They offer a variety of resources to support instruction.

  • Graphic Organizers are a great tool for your classroom to support comprehension of text. Visit to view their selection.