Monday, January 28, 2019

Read Engaging Nonfiction Text With Newsela

If you're looking for high-interest nonfiction text for your students, I highly recommend the website or app Newsela. Teachers can use Newsela for reading intervention and differentiation with the range of reading levels for each article. So, why waste your time on searching for articles and reading passages when your students can read engaging nonfiction text with Newsela.

Reading Nonfiction with NewsELA - children typing at computers

Current News

Nonfiction text with Newsela content is updated daily so your students are reading current information. It's cross-curricular content is perfect for learning about all subject areas. You can assign articles to individual students, groups, or to the whole class. Students will no longer feel singled out because you can adjust the reading level while they read the same article. Then, you can assess your students according to their level.

screenshot of articles from the "Latest News" section of the site

Selecting Articles

Are you looking for articles on endangered animals? Black history? The Winter Games? You can find articles by curriculum headings, featured text, or just through a general search. It's so easy to find articles for your needs. I always recommend using Newsela with project based learning. You can assign timely, high-interest articles about the problem or subject and immediately assess your students. It's also important to teach our students media literacy. Newsela has topics on distinguishing between real and fake news.

"Featured Text Sets" and "Curriculum Topics" screenshot examples

Narrow Your Search

To narrow your search, select the grade level,  reading skill, language, and special features. Newsela has added Power Words to the selection. When students click on the power word, a kid-friendly definition pops up. If you want to save and article, just bookmark it. Other features are added to help you make the selection.
Narrow your search by bookmarking articles

Logging Into Newsela

Students are given options when logging into Newsela. Newsela integrates with management systems your schools may use. If you have Google Classroom, you import your Google Classrooms into Newsela.
Learning Management Systems - Get them logged in instantly with Clever, Google Classroom, or Canvas



Examples of "Articles and Assessment"



screenshot example of "Basic vs Pro"

Content Partners

Newsela has teamed up with some amazing organizations for their content. With the emphasis on fake news and media literacy, they are committed to providing up-to-date and accurate information for our students. These are just a few of the contributors.

Content Partners - History, Bio., Creative, The Washington Post, theguardian, ProCon.org, Britannica, Scientific America, AP, Gilder Lehrman, PBS News Hours, Smithsonian.com

Learn a little more about reading engaging nonfiction text with Newsela by watching this video.



Let your students read engaging nonfiction text with Newsela. This blog post gives great tips and ideas for how to use the site to keep students engaged.It's great for use in the classroom or homeschool. Use this website to integrate technology into your lessons or activities. Current events mean students will keep up-to-date on what is happening in the world while reading informational text, doing test prep, learning, and having fun. Great for upper elementary or middle school students.


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