Junior Scholastic’s powerful differentiation tools support every type of learner and level of reader with resources for customized instruction. Meet students where they are with multiple entry points for each lesson, a choice of reading levels, and more.

Multiple Reading Levels

Differentiation starts with the text itself. And every feature article in Junior Scholastic comes with a lower-Lexile version for your classroom. You can download all the leveled articles for your newest issue with just one click. From your issue page, click the Lower Reading Levels tile underneath the featured resources:

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You can also change the reading level when you’re looking at an article online. Just click the reading level you want in this toolbar on the left:

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While you’re there, check out our Text-to-Speech tool. Powered by Amazon Polly, this tool can read aloud the text of an article. It highlights the text as you go, so developing readers can better follow along. And there are two speeds, so students can slow it down if necessary.

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Detailed Lesson Plans

Every issue of Junior Scholastic comes with lesson plans for our feature articles. These lesson plans offer scaffolded instruction, pre-reading activities, discussion questions based on critical Social Studies and ELA skills, and extension activities that keep the learning going after students have read the article.

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You can download the Teacher’s Guide from the Issue Page, and you can find the individual Lesson Plans listed underneath each article.

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