Core Clicks is a digital nonfiction reading program designed by the education experts at Scholastic. Built from the ground up to support the Common Core Standards, this powerful online tool helps educators instill the close reading and analysis skills students need to succeed on upcoming assessments, like PARCC and Smarter Balanced.
Core Clicks is divided into 108 Text Studies (18 per grade). At the heart of each Text Study is a concise, compelling informational text written by the experts of engaging nonfiction: the editors of Scholastic News® and Weekly Reader®. Text Studies focus on building a specific Common Core skill by guiding students and teachers through Three Reads of the text. Throughout these “three reads,” a variety of enhancements embedded in the text facilitate skill building. These features, including videos, text-marking activities, and discussion questions, helps educators build 13 critical spotlight skills directly from the standards.Try the Core Clicks Common Core Program FREE >>
Educators can build engagement with a “Before You
Read” audio clip and exciting video. Then familiarize your students with the text by going
through your First Read, which is accompanied
by vocabulary pop-ups and an optional
read-aloud (requires approximately one
Now that your students have a basic understanding of the text, explore the nonfiction piece more closely with text marking and text-dependent questions that challenge students to apply Common Core skills (requires approximately one class period).
With a thorough understanding of the text, students embark on a third and final read that uses pop-up discussion questions to foster deep and critical thinking about the text (requires approximately one class period).Learn More About Common Core Skills >>
After thoroughly examining the text, teachers can reinforce the Spotlight Skill with our Skill Workout. These skills-based exercises feature videos for direct instruction, interactive text-based activities, and printable worksheets.
Each text study features a light assessment. Five multiple-choice questions ensure students understand the concepts before moving on to applying them to unfamiliar texts.
Here’s where students will apply the skills they've
developed in the Text Study to a new and unfamiliar
text. Once you’ve fully covered a Spotlight Common
Core Skill, students will apply it to a new text and
short assessment. These checkpoints ask students to
perform the types of tasks they'll encounter on the
Smarter Balanced and PARCC assessments.