A look at the PARCC models for ELA/Literacy reveals that student will be expected to read more than one reading passage; the main article and the sidebar. Requirements include close reading, finding relationships among key ideas, and comparing information covered by both topics. Teachers are scrambling to find complimentary resources for student practice. While daunting, the task is not impossible. New Jersey ELL teacher Carol Novick has even included technology in her practice with her ELL students.
http://read-able.com/ to determine the reading level, then ran the text through http://rewordify.com/ to reduce the reading level by simplifiying the text slightly. Finally, she developed her assessment questions based on the PARCC samples. Carol's strategy of using current events paired with existing educational materials will fill the gap until more testing samples are available.