Finding Articles and Assignments by Article Topics and Keywords

Follow the steps below to find articles and assignments by article topic and keyword. You can also schedule the assignments for specific days to choose when the assignments will first appear in students' My Assignments list.

You can find articles and assignments by skill and standard instead if you prefer that approach.

  1. Select Find Articles by Topic and Keyword on main AR 360 page.
  2. First, select the classes or groups that you want to find assignments for. On the Select Skills or Topics to Practice page, select the text that shows the classes or groups that are selected. When you move your mouse over the text, the text will change to "Edit Selection" as shown below.
  3. In the first column in the window that opens, choose whether to include All Schools or to select the schools; if you decide to select them, check the schools that you want to include. (School personnel and teachers typically only have access to one school.)
  4. In the second column, check the classes or groups to include. Then, select Apply.

    If you already started creating assignments for this group previously, and you didn't finish, after you select the students, you will see a message like the one below. Choose whether to continue working on the plan you started (with the your previous selections) or to start over.

    If you need to create new groups, select Manage Groups in the top-right corner of the Select Skills or Topics to Practice page. (This button is not available if you have already chosen to plan for more than one class.) For more information, see Creating Student Groups.

  5. Next, use the last link to select the timeframe that you want to assign work for. You can choose one of the week-long time periods in the drop-down list, or you can choose custom dates.
  6. If you choose Custom Dates, click in each field and type the start and end dates or choose them from the calendar. Custom date ranges can be up to 3 weeks long. When you're done, select Continue.

    It is helpful to schedule assignments just one week ahead so that you can make adjustments as needed based on how students do on the work.

  7. Next, check the grades for which you want to find articles.
  8. K-2 articles typically include Read Aloud article assignments that are not written at the K-2 level because they are intended to be read by the teacher.

  9. Then, there are two ways to look for assignments:

    • You can enter a keyword to search for and then select the magnifying glass (or press enter.) You will go to the Choose Your Assignments page immediately to see the results.
    • If you want to use both keywords and topics, do not press enter or select the magnifying glass after entering keywords.

    • To see the articles and assignments available by topic, check each topic that you are interested in. Then, select Continue > at the bottom of the page to see the matching articles.
  10. You will go on to a page where you can choose assignments; after that, you can choose the days when you plan to teach the skills and use the assignments.

    If you don't want to save your selections or continue, select < Back at the bottom of the page to go back to Accelerated Reader 360. If you have gone forward one page and come back, you also have a Cancel link at the bottom of the page that lets you cancel the plan and your selections.

  11. The top of the next page lists the topics that you selected (or all topics if you did a keyword search).
  12. If you want to search for assignments for one topic at a time, remove the check mark for the other topics at the top of the page.

    Below the list, you will see a list of Accelerated Reader 360 article assignments that have been found for the topics or the keyword. Notice that the color on each assignment matches the color of the related topic in the list above. (If an assignment applies to more than one topic, all colors that apply will be shown for the assignment.)

    Articles are usually listed more than once because each article typically has at least two assignments:

    • Read and Take Quiz assignments simply require students to read the article and take an Accelerated Reader quiz that measures their comprehension.
    • Skills Practice assignments require students to read the article, identify text that meets certain criteria (highlight and tag), answer a written Show You Know prompt, and take the quiz.

    Some articles may also have the following assignments:

    • Read Aloud assignments are intended to be used with students in grades K-2. Read Aloud assignments include activities that help you discuss the articles with students and model skills.
    • Watch the Video to Learn More assignments have videos embedded to allow students to learn to use different mediums on a topic.

    In the search results, topic names are shown; to see the skill names, select .

    If you select View Details when viewing the skill names, you can see the skill details, domains and standards, and prerequisite skills (if available).

    If you want to narrow the list of results, you can search for a keyword in the search field.

    You can also select Filter and Explore Results and check the source of the assignments that you want to see (Renaissance Learning or user-authored) or the assignment types that you want to see. Assignment types include Read Aloud, Read and Quiz, Skills Practice and Quiz, or Skills Practice (without a quiz). As you make selections, the matching assignments will be updated.

    If you have more than one page of results, use the arrows at the bottom of the page to go to the next page of results (), the previous page (), the last page of results (), or back to the first page ().

    You can also choose whether to sort the results by title (from A to Z or Z to A), by ATOS book level (low to high or high to low), or by Lexile® Measure (low to high or high to low).

    To preview an assignment, select Preview. The assignment will open in a new tab in your browser, and you will see the assignment as a student would see it, starting with the assignment instructions, and then continuing with each assignment item. (The article text is included with each item for reference.) To go on from one step to the next, select Next > or select one of the item numbers at the bottom of the page. Any work you do on the assignment will not be saved since you are previewing. On the last item, select Finish; then, select Finish again in the confirmation message. If a quiz is included, you can select Take Quiz to take it. Select Close Window to close the tab when you are done.

    Remember that AR 360 is still open in your original browser tab.

  13. To add one of the assignments to the groups you have chosen, select Add to Plan to the right of the assignment name.

  14. If you are planning for more than one group in the same class, you will be asked to choose the groups that you want to use the assignment. Check the groups; then, select OK.

    After you add an assignment, you will see the "Added to Plan" message:

    You can see how many assignments have been added for each topic in the list at the top of the page. Select the down arrow to the right of a number to see which groups the assignment has been added for.

    You can delete an assignment from a group by clicking the X to the right. If you delete an assignment from the All Groups list, it will be removed from each of the groups.

    You can also remove an assignment for all of the groups that you are planning for by selecting Remove under the "Added to Plan" message for the assignment:

  15. When you have finished choosing the assignments for the group(s), select Continue > at the bottom of the page.
  16. On the next page, you can schedule the skills that are related to the assignments you chose and the assignments themselves. At the top of the page, you can choose when you will be teaching each skill. To move the skill, click the skill and drag it to the day(s) that you prefer.
  17. To expand the skill over multiple days, select the arrow to the right of the skill name and drag it to expand the skill over the days that you prefer.

    Any days off that your administrator has added for the school are marked so that you can avoid scheduling work for that day. Days off are not shown if you selected students from multiple schools.

    Below the skills, you will see the selected assignments. To choose the day when students should start seeing each assignment in their Assignments list, click the assignment card and drag it to the day that you prefer. If you are planning for more than one group in the same class, notice that each group has a separate card for each assignment; this allows you to plan to do the assignment on different days for different groups. As you move the assignments, the skills at the top of the page will also move or expand to reflect when students are working on the skills' assignments.

    If you want to delete an assignment or to preview it, select the assignment card. Then, click Delete in the Details window to delete the assignment from the plan, or select View to preview it in a new browser tab.

    If you want to add more assignments, select Add Assignments to go back to the page where you choose assignments.

  18. It is a good idea to print or save the schedule. To do this, select Print or Create PDF at the bottom of the page.
  19. Since you can't review or change the assignments after you create them, it is a good idea to print or save this page as a record of the days you selected for skills and assignments. This is also helpful if you want to share the assignments with other teachers since only you can see the assignments that you have created.

  20. When you have finished setting the schedule for skills and assignments, select Create Assignments at the top or bottom of the page.
  21. If you need to go back, select  < Back at the bottom of the page or one of the links at the top of the page.

  22. The window that opens will confirm the students you are planning for and the date range.
  23. If you do not have a previous plan that you can add the assignments to, you will be asked to name your plan so that you can recognize it later when you view results. Enter a name for the plan.

    If you have a previous plan, you will be asked whether you want to add the assignments into the last plan you created or to create a new plan period. Select one of the options; if you choose to create a new plan, you must also enter a name for the plan.

    You'll also be reminded that the assignments will be listed in the students' My Assignments list on the dates that you have chosen. You cannot change the schedule once you finish; be sure that you have the assignments and schedule that you want before you continue (click Cancel if necessary). When you are ready to finish and schedule the assignments, select Continue.

  24. When the window confirms that work has been assigned, select OK.
  25. Students will see the assignments that you selected in their Assignments list on the dates when you scheduled them.