Read It!

Read It! is designed for middle and high school students and adults who have a basic foundation in English grammar and reading but need adapted reading material for a variety of subjects. It offers resources to help build background knowledge, conduct research and improve study skills.

Specialized Content to Support English Language Learners

Read It! helps English Language Learners (ELLs) succeed academically and in everyday life by providing resources such as:

  • Content that supports English-language reading proficiency and comprehension as well as general literacy, research, note-taking and academic writing
  • Customized articles and practice quizzes to support ELL success and promote reading comprehension across a variety of school and life skill subject areas
  • Links to related articles leading students to further content that increases topic comprehension
  • Licensed content from leading ELL publishers including Capstone Press and Cricket Media
  • Illustrations, images and diagrams to support understanding
  • Research guides and worksheets
  • The American Heritage Children’s Dictionary

Features & Functionality Include: 

  • Intuitive interface navigation — Users can easily browse content by categories and subcategories
  • "Read Out Loud" text-to-speech tool that enables students to highlight and listen to text at various speeds
  • Lexile Measures to indicate a text's level of reading difficulty
  • Translation tool that allows students to translate into 35 languages to assist their learning and check their work

Subjects Covered:

  • Science
  • Math
  • History
  • Literature
  • Civics
  • Culture
  • Life skills

New and Updated Topics Include:

  • Anthony Fauci
  • Autism
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Bureau of the Census
  • Digital Natives
  • Ethics
  • School Bullying

School Curriculum Support

Core curriculum content includes foundation articles focusing on topics covered in the U.S. curriculum as well as Canadian history and culture. Articles are supplemented by curated content to enhance topic knowledge and understanding. All content is designed to support English-language reading proficiency and comprehension as well as general literacy, research, note-taking and academic writing.

Read It! also links to EBSCO's Curriculum Standards Module, a tool that can help educators correlate EBSCO content quickly and easily to Common Core, state or provincial curriculum standards. The module provides browsing of specific benchmarks, many of which have recommended search strings for successful content retrieval.

Note: Read It! was formerly known as English Language Learner Reference Center.