Using Paper to support assignments through websites like NextLesson and CommonLit

NextLesson is a website that provides a collection of Common Core-aligned lessons, worksheets, and projects for teachers of all grade levels. Teachers can create a class, and assign pre-made assignments to students through the platform. 

Similarly, CommonLit is another resource bank full of short stories, articles, poems, and other texts that come with multiple choice questions and short response prompts. Teachers can import their class rosters and easily send assignments to students and track their literacy progress via the platform.

If you would like to require or remind students that they can use Paper tutors during these assignments, it will be helpful to provide a login link to Paper whenever you post your assignments on your class website. 

Since both of these sites do not have public links to the lessons that students can share with tutors, students will have to send the assignment to the Live Help tutor in one of two ways:

1. Copy and paste the text of the reading along with any discussion questions. Example from Common Lit:

“You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, I’ll rise.”


     Q: How does the repetition in this stanza contribute to the development of the poem’s meaning?


2. Take a screenshot of the assignment and send the image to the tutor. Example from NextLesson:



Students can discuss their thinking with tutors before submitting their final responses to a teacher. This will ensure that teachers will read well-developed answers after students meet with a tutor first. These activities could be great practice during asynchronous time or independent homework assignments.

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