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Curriculum Resources

This page provides an overview of lending models, free content packages, and additional resources to support the use of Sora in your classroom curriculum alongside independent reading. Please contact your Account Manager with questions or for more information about these materials, and feel free to share this page with your staff and faculty.

However and whenever you go back, whether it’s in person, remote, or blended, Sora has your back.

Leverage Content

We offer several lending models and no-cost content offerings to ensure you are getting the best collection for your budget. If you’re working with a specific curriculum vendor, please let your Account Manager know so we can help with title lists and more!

Community Read: Own Voices and Diversity Books for Students

In our ongoing effort to help support school’s increasing demand for digital, we are donating this set of more than 50 titles* from Lerner Publishing Group and Triangle Interactive. The full list of titles is available here.

All schools using Sora are automatically opted into this free collection.

*Availability may vary by region.

Community Read: Own Voices and Diversity Books for Students

Now through August 31, 2021

OC/OU and Metered Access

Titles in these models can be checked out by one person at a time.

Consider this model if…

  • you want titles you can rotate between classes
  • you’d like to use this title for several years

Note: This model allows for title assignment.

You can browse OC/OU and Metered Access content here and learn how to implement OC/OU content here and metered access content here.

Class Set Lending Model

Some publishers offer titles in the Class Set lending model; think of it like a short-term rental.

Consider this model if…

Class Set Lending Model Titles
  • you want to try digital for a specific unit
  • you change your title choices often
  • you’re doing literature circles

You can browse our Class Set offerings in Marketplace* and learn how to implement the content here.

Simultaneous Use

With this lending model, you can select titles from specific publishers that can be checked out by an unlimited number of users simultaneously for a set amount of time.

Consider this model if…

Simultaneous Use Titles
  • a large group of students will be reading a title at the same time
  • you’re looking to support classic titles with audiobooks

Note: This model allows for title assignment.

You can browse Simultaneous Use content here and learn how to implement the content here.

Cost Per Circ

With this lending model, you only pay when a student borrows a title.

Consider this model if…

  • you want to find out what content interests your students
  • you’re doing literature circles
  • you’re using the title for just a few weeks

You can browse Cost Per Circ content here and learn how to implement the content here.

No-Cost Classic Literature

You can add Duke Classics to your collection at no cost to your school.

You can browse our free Duke offerings in the Simultaneous Use section of Marketplace and learn how to implement the content here.

No Cost Classic Literature Titles

*To access titles in OverDrive Marketplace, a login and password are required.

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How schools are using Sora to enhance distance learning

American International School of Budapest (Hungary)

With her dog Luna by her side, Amy Ragan, Media Specialist, decided to put her to work in her new home office. Each week during remote learning, Luna the Librarian recommends books. Luna has a photoshoot with the book and Amy ensures it’s available in Sora.

Hart County School District (KY)

They’ve been adding Sora Informational hand-outs to their “lunch-boxes” students are picking up while school is closed.

Denver Public Schools (CO)

They’ve taken on several initiatives to increase awareness and access to Sora, including all-staff trainings and grade-wide reads for students in grades 7-12. They also worked quickly to set up Public Library Connect with Denver Public Library.

Fulton County School District (GA)

Media Specialist, Sarah Sansbury, at River Trail Middle in Fulton County uses social media to motivate students to read while away from the classroom. She regularly shares stats like minutes read and books opened in Sora to encourage continued use. She also advocates for educators and shares curriculum-centric collections to ensure Sora is a one-stop-shop for her entire school community.

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