- reading comprehension
- using supporting evidence
Key Standards Supported
Reading Foundational Skills
|RF.2.4||Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.|
|RF.2.4a||Read on-level text with purpose and understanding.|
|RF.2.4b||Read on-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.|
|RF.2.4c||Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.|
|RF.3.4||Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.|
|RF.3.4a||Read on-level text with purpose and understanding.|
|RF.3.4b||Read on-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings|
|RF.3.4c||Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.|
|RF.4.4||Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.|
|RF.4.4a||Read on-level text with purpose and understanding.|
|RF.4.4b||Read on-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.|
|RF.4.4c||Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.|
|RF.5.4||Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.|
|RF.5.4a||Read on-level text with purpose and understanding.|
|RF.5.4b||Read on-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.|
|RF.5.4c||Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.|
|RL.6: Craft and Structure|
|RL.6.4||Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.|
|RL.6.5||Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.|
|RL.6.6||Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.|
|RL.7: Craft and Structure|
|RL.7.4||Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.|
|RL.7.5||Analyze how a drama’s or poem’s form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning.|
|RL.7.6||Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.|
|RL.8: Craft and Structure|
|RL.8.4||Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.|
|RL.8.5||Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.|
|RL.8.6||nalyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.|
|RL.9-10: Craft and Structure|
|RL.9-10.4||Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).|
|RL.9-10.5||Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.|
|RL.9-10.6||Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.|
|RL.11-12: Craft and Structure|
|RL.11-12.4||Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)|
|RL.11-12.5||Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.|
|RL.11-12.6||Analyze a case in which grasping a point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement).|
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Teachers using the app have real-time access to data on all of their students’ reading progress. Teachers can also use the app to send messages and schedule conferences with students. Administrators can also view teachers’ interactions with students and view students’ progress in each teacher’s classes. Teachers and administrators have access to an extensive professional learning forum that includes a blog, training videos, and specialized information geared toward teachers and adminstrators. Users can also submit and review extensive field notes on using LightSail in the classroom.
ProsReal-time opportunities for assessment and feedback make monitoring and encouraging student reading convenient and inviting. Teacher and student dashboards offer easy-to-read feedback on students’ achievements and needs.
ConsSome embedded assessments are deeper than others, and some might balk at making pleasure reading quite so data-driven.
Bottom LineA powerful platform for developing engaged readers.
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Available books include current fiction and informational texts that kids most want to read. Kids earn badges and get updated Lexile measures in real time, giving instant feedback and encouragement on their reading performance.
Embedded assessments offer varying levels of depth, but ongoing opportunities for assessment and feedback make this a terrific option for literacy development.
In-app supports are increasingly robust, including an extensive Web-based teacher portal and built-in text supports for students.
LightSail is an ereading “literacy platform” that helps teachers support their students’ independent reading. Students can use LightSail to check out texts from their school’s digital library and read the books directly on their devices. As students progress through a book, questions appear to gauge their comprehension, from simple multiple-choice questions to longer narrative responses. As students complete these assessments, they earn badges and also earn a "Lexile measure," a measure of their current reading level based on their answers to the reading comprehension questions and the particular difficulty of the book. The Lexile measure is updated in real time with each assessment. Students always have access to their own data, showing their per-page reading progress, their earned badges from completed tasks, and their Lexile score. Teachers can also view their students’ data in real time.
As students select texts, other recommended reads appear on the app’s home screen. These books can be sorted by their Lexile measures, offering reading experiences to kids who might be relaxed, right at their level, or more aspirational. Kids can also browse book selections sorted as literature and from informational text. Like the Lexile measures, the recommendations are updated in real time. Students can also make notes as they read, and their teachers can view and respond to notes, allowing students to engage in dialogue with their teachers as they read.
Using LightSail is a districtwide or schoolwide endeavor, requiring schools to license texts and manage a digital library. It’s thus unlikely that teachers could elect to adopt LightSail for their classrooms without the support of their school or district. But once that investment is in place, this system offers a powerful way to measure and monitor student reading achievement.Read More Read Less
LightSail is appealing because it’s so responsive. It’s exciting to feel that a list of recommended reads has been curated just for you, and it’s encouraging to know that consistent engagement with increasingly difficult texts can result in better scores. Some assessments are richer than others, but all assessments seem meaningful; it's clear to students that they’re being tested to ensure that they’re engaging effectively with texts.
From a Common Core-alignment perspective, LightSail is a powerful and flexible tool. When students answer an in-text comprehension question, a corresponding standard appears at the bottom of the screen. This same information appears in the teacher's dashboard, where it's easy to track students' progress across standards.
Yet another impressive feature of LightSail is its developers' commitment to improvement and innovation. In addition to solid built-in features for text-to-speech, font adjustment, and dictation, LightSail will soon have more extensive dictionary features, including special support for English learners. Embedded tutorial features and a Web-based interface for LightSail are also coming soon, in addition to a version for Android in December 2014.Read More Read Less
Teachers can use LightSail to monitor their students’ reading in real time and in great detail. Teachers and students can monitor students’ per-page progress through books in addition to students’ performance on Common Core-aligned assessment tasks throughout the texts. Teachers can engage in written dialogue with students about their reading through the built-in note-taking features. In the classroom, teachers might use LightSail to generate reading groups, and they might also use LightSail as a way to evaluate student progress broadly and focus class time accordingly.Read More Read Less
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