Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

CommonLit: Free Website with Grade Level Stories

Common Lit with Duxbury braille translation

As I look for stories that are on grade level that can be reproduced in braille, I found a wonderful website that is free! CommonLit is "a free collection of fiction and nonfiction for 3rd-12th grade classrooms. Search and filter our collection by lexile, grade, theme, genre, literary device, or common core standard."

These stories are similar to the ones I adapted all last school year based on preparation for the Texas STAAR test. There's a nice variety of stories. If you hover the mouse over the picture of the story, you'll get a one sentence synopsis of the story. Some stories weren't available until I logged in. Again, this is a free website. I've received 3 emails thus far from them (2 weeks) and all have been tips to use the site and a welcome email.

Using Duxbury to Create Braille Versions of Stories

I have been able to speed up the process of providing access to braille students by copying the story and corresponding questions into Duxbury in order to emboss them. I am no longer having to searching for stories, as I can go to one site and save time. 

Questions about Formatting

If I have formatting questions, I can quickly refer to BANA's website (Braille Authority of North America) for the most recent rules and revisions to the braille code. 

Learn more about CommonLit.

Collage of common lit

Posted on August 4, 2019
Updated on: February 10, 2022